As Spring turns to Summer I find myself trying to sort out my sleep patterns again. These warm mornings are great but as it gets lighter and brighter the earlier wake up call leaves me feeling drained. Not to mention the sleepless night brought on by my need to think and this heat the 2 am wake up is just not needed. I remember in my carefree youth, the laughter and light hearted quips about sleepless nights. My head used to hit the pillow and I was out like a light… waking up refreshed. But in recent years I fall into the pillow and if I’ve got a slight worry it seems to come back to haunt at some stupid hour, making me overthink everything. Indeed did I shut that door?, was that person upset with me?, have I written enough in that client’s notes?, will it rain?, And of course the most important thing…How can I stop over thinking , just let this go and how can I get back to sleep?. Which would then leads into a cycle of over thinking about that too. Because I just need to let this go… and go back to sleep… and all of a sudden insomnia is my new best friend. Keeping me company in the small hours of the morning.
And to make matters worse I’ve also found there seems to be something about drinking alcohol. I like to socialise and sometimes have the odd tipple, afterwards I’d wake up, feeling hot and uncomfortable like someone turned up the heating. I’ve never been a big drinker, my friends call me a light weight, but even I’ve noticed the difference in the dry periods of my life. And as the seasonal drinks come around holidays and of course this time of year with the BBQ’s and social outings, I find I notice a big difference in my sleep patterns. Will I have to become teetotal ? Shudders… I do enjoy a lovely G&T, what about that lovely cold prosecco which has so recently entered my life? But sleep, oh I needed a good nights sleep….
Sleep sweet sleep
And this was affecting MY life and my business. And now days we all know the effects of a bad nights sleep. As a therapist I’m aware I could use either counselling or hypnotherapy to address the lack of (beauty) sleep. But I’ve found hypnotherapy works best for sleep problems. Our subconscious mind’s are in control at night, and mine had a different agenda to me. So I realised I had to treat myself first. As I started treatment I noticed a difference nearly straight away. The usual 2 am wake up was gone and it became 5 am. Now days it’s become 7am just before my alarm goes off. I’m waking up refreshed and thinking constructive thoughts about my day. Letting go of all those things I can’t change but being proactive on the things I can. I’ve cut back on the amount I’m drinking but find I actually still have a great social life. I’ve got great friends and know lots of people. And the better nights sleep are making me able to enjoy this even more. So bring on the Summer and bring on many more good nights sleep. I am blessed.
When all you want is a good nights sleep. Call me.