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Insomnia in Derby

Insomnia in derby

Insomnia in Derby

Sleep specialists classify insomnia in two primary categories: acute and chronic. Short term or acute insomnia, which is often due to a temporary situation such as stress, jet lag, change or loss in a job or relationship, can last up to one month. Long-term, or chronic insomnia, which is experienced for a month or longer, can be caused by such issues as medical, physical or psychological conditions. Education on behavioural and other techniques, are well as good sleep practices can improve sleep. Insomnia may be caused by other factors such as increased body temperature, metabolic rate, or brain metabolism, so it always a good idea to get yourself checked out by your medical practioner.

Persistent insomnia, if ignored can cause the onset of depression and can significantly affect your quality of life. Consequences of not getting enough good sleep can include daytime fatigue, impaired mood, depression and psychological distress, and decreased ability to concentrate, problem-solve and make decisions, as well as being at risk for injury, driving drowsy, and illness.

  • Initial Insomnia – difficulty in getting to sleep
  • Middle insomnia – frequently waking from sleep and having difficulty falling back to sleep
  • Primary insomnia – the most common term used for someone who has disturbed sleep patterns and suffers with daytime fatigue and impaired daytime functioning
  • Rebound insomnia – insomnia suffered when withdrawing from drugs initially given to help with the insomnia. Often this rebound insomnia is worse than the original bout.
  • Terminal insomnia – awakening before one’s planned time
  • Nonorganic sleep disorder – any sleep disturbance where emotional factors are the primary cause
  • Sleep terror disorder – where a person has repeated episodes of waking from an intense anxiety while a sleep. Often caused by emotional nightmares, leaving the person having difficulty in returning to sleep.

Insomnia and the Mind

The human brain is a vast and complex organ that gives us such an advantage over every other species on our planet. The mind is even more amazing, but because there is nothing tangible to the mind, and because of this we tend to ignore this more than any other part of us. We know what a leg or tooth looks like. We know what the heart or brain looks like. But what is the mind. What does that look like? And what exactly does it do? Because of this we often spend more time working out how the DVD player works, than how our mind works.

In general terms the mind is made up of two different parts. The conscious mind and the unconscious or sub-conscious mind. If you read different books on psychology, you may find a more complex description, but for our needs we’re going to stick with those two. The conscious mind is the bit you’re using now. As you read you are consciously taking in what you’re reading, analysing it, agreeing or disagreeing with it. The conscious mind is the far smaller part, and tends to deal with the here and now. It carries a limited amount of information, enough to help you deal with what part of life you are dealing with at the time.

The unconscious mind is the bigger and more powerful part. Think of an iceberg. The tip of the iceberg, which protrudes above the water, is the conscious mind. But the vast mass under the water level that can’t be seen is the unconscious mind – far bigger, far stronger, and far more influential.

The unconscious mind is a vast storage unit, which absorbs all sorts of information – facts and figures, colours and sounds, emotions and feelings. In fact, almost every thing that has ever happened to you is stored somewhere in the unconscious mind. Every thing that has happened to you, everything said to you, everything you’ve read or watched on television, is there somewhere. The unconscious mind then uses this information to create templates of behavioural patterns. It’s like the information that’s stored on computer hard drive. When you boot-up your computer, this information allows it to start working even though you’re not aware of what exactly is stored on the hard drive. The computer has enough information to automatically start. Our unconscious mind develops similar data to allow us to do the same. This is why, once you have been driving for a while, you can drive a car without giving it any thought. The template on how to drive is already stored in the unconscious mind. It’s also why you can open a door, put on a light switch, or walk down stairs without having to even try. Repetition helps set up these patterns of behaviour. The more similar information stored into the subconscious mind, the stronger the patterns. That’s why it’s easy to get into a bad habit of sleeping. The more bad nights you have, the stronger the template becomes and the behaviour is carried out more and more. Unfortunately, the unconscious mind has no logic, so things are very black and white. It can’t sit and work out that the bad sleep patterns it’s giving you are causing you problems. The patterns are there so it just keeps on using them.

The way the information is stored in the unconscious mind is that it’s absorbed from the conscious mind. So if you read a book, you hold that information in the conscious mind for a while until it’s passed to the unconscious storage tank. What you’ve learnt, felt, and ideas you’ve developed from reading that book will be stored. From that, behaviours templates will be formed and may influence your future life.

How the two ‘parts’ of our minds work together is interesting : When you go to do something in life, your conscious mind doesn’t carry enough information on how to carry out that particular task. So it asks the unconscious mind, “how to I react here?” the unconscious mind has a look at what information it has stored, what behavioural patterns have been formed, and then gives this information to the conscious mind. The conscious mind then uses this to direct you on the way to behave in any particular occasion in life. This is okay if the patterns are positive. If the pattern of behaviour is on how to drive a car really well, that will be ‘downloaded’ into the conscious mind and you will be driving a car without giving it a great deal of conscious thought. But if the behavioural patterns are negative there’s a problem. So if you have had a repetition of poor sleep, you conscious mind will be ‘downloaded’ with these patterns. The mind will then produce what it’s just been given. Difficulty in getting to sleep, feeling uncomfortable in bed, waking during the night etc. That’s why it’s so important to understand that to break poor sleep patterns may take 3 or 4 weeks of hard work on your behalf. After this period, the information stored in the unconscious mind will be of a pattern for good quality sleep and it will then become very natural.

The use of Hypnotherapy will help to address the issues as to why you got into the bad sleep patterns in the first place (provided they are not medical) and resolve those issues – whilst helping you to relax too – both consciously and subconsciously. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) will help and encourage you into better sleep related habits and behaviour patterns.

Geoffrey Schofield D.CBT D.Hyp
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