Sleep anxiety is fear or worry about going to sleep. Some people can feel apprehensive during bedtime about not falling asleep. It can go beyond the fear of not being able to sleep to the fear of sleep itself or alternatively, the fear of being unable to stay asleep. Some of these conditions, however, can escalate into anxiety disorders or phobias. These are based on unique and very real fears, in this case the extreme fear of sleeping. Somniphobia is classified as an anxiety disorder, while sleep anxiety at large is a performative anxiety. A person who struggles with somniphobia experiences a sense of fear that keeps them from sleeping even if they are tired. Not only will the side effects of poor sleep quality cause major long-term problems for a person’s physical health, it will also contribute to the development of various mental health conditions. If you struggle with sleep anxiety or sleep phobia, you can overcome your condition with hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is especially effective in eliminating anxiety about sleeping because it helps you quiet your mind and let go of the thoughts that prevent you from getting sleep. It removes the unpleasant symptoms and triggers that hinder you from sleeping. Try hypnotherapy today with Core Hypnosis. We specialise in hypnotherapy for anxiety and phobias.
Sleep disorders can cause some anxiety about sleeping, however, somniphobia causes extreme anxiety and fear around the thought of going to bed. It can go well beyond having reasonable amounts of stress about not getting enough sleep to function or worrying about waking up in the middle of the night. With sleep anxiety or sleep phobia, a person may sit awake for hours, unwilling to sleep because of their extreme fear of falling asleep. Luckily, various phobias can be treated with hypnotherapy. The use of sleep hypnosis for instance is the application of hypnotherapy to address and eliminate sleep problems. Many people have the misconception that sleep hypnosis makes you fall asleep during the hypnosis itself. In reality, sleep hypnosis works to change the negative thoughts or habits related to sleep. Hypnotherapy can easily resolve the underlying sources of your anxiety about sleep and remove any associated triggers that cause your symptoms. This effectively helps you in obtaining your desired sleep goals in the long run. When hypnotherapy is complete, the patient feels refreshed and peaceful as they will no longer experience sleep anxiety.
In hypnotherapy, the treatment involves resolving the underlying physical, emotional or psychological causes of somniphobia. Common fears that fuel a sleep disorder or sleep problems are usually connected to health concerns. This can include the idea of dying, worrying about nightmares, anxiety about being able to stay asleep, or other compromising nighttime behaviours. Hypnotherapy applies the relaxation techniques your brain needs to correct any unhealthy triggers or thought patterns that prevent you from sleeping. This is done when a hypnotherapist guides you to enter a calm, meditative state. During hypnosis, they can help you remove the underlying anxieties that keep you from sleeping with a level of focus and unbiased attention you wouldn’t have otherwise. Furthermore, hypnotherapy has been known to increase feelings of hopefulness, morale and wellbeing. These are some of the reasons why hypnotherapy is so effective at eliminating symptoms of anxiety.
At Core Hypnosis, we offer hypnotherapy sessions for anxiety and phobias. This includes sleep anxiety and other sleep disorders. If you suffer from anxiety about sleeping or experience symptoms of insomnia and chronic anxiety, an experienced hypnotherapist can help. Book your hypnotherapy appointment today to get started.