A common understanding for insomnia is the reduction in the hours of sleep and/or an alteration in the quality of sleep with consequences on the quality of the next day. The mechanisms of sleep regulation are complex and many factors can affect them.
More than 65% of people will suffer from sleep disorders during their life. However it can take different forms:
Occasional insomnia: we are all concerned
They can affect any of us. One day or another, one experiences insomnia which can last from several days to several weeks. The origin can be attributed to a very identifiable cause. Most of the time, they occur following a change in life, a bad sleep hygiene or, more frequently, to stress. These occasional periods of insomnia are common but can easily evolve toward a chronic issue.
Chronic insomnia can last several months, even years. Often, the chronic insomniac has exhausted the usual treatments. The anxiety disorders and depression are the most frequent cause for chronic insomnia. Almost 70 % of depressed patients complain of bad sleep. And amongst the physical causes, chronic pain or alcoholism are frequent causes of poor sleep.
Recurring problems: an internal clock is disrupted
Recurring sleep issues are sometimes due to a disruption of our internal clock. We have been genetically programmed to sleep during the night and carry out our activities during the day. The succession of daytime and nighttime is one of the most powerful biological synchroniser. In some cases, this clock is disturbed and it starts to function faster or on the contrary slower.
Recurring problems : sleep apnea
Sleep apnea is one of the most frequent sleep disorders. Sleeping then doesn’t provide the resting functions and one wakes up with the feeling of being even more tired than before going to bed! This obstruction of the airways can also cause cardiovascular risks.
Insomnia will generate problems of somnolence, fatigue, irritability, migraines, muscular tension. The mood becomes unstable: aggressiveness, susceptibility… There are consequences on one’s ability to focus, especially at work: lack of efficiency, of rigor…
Thus, insomnia could be a risk factor for depression and work or road accidents.
NLP and the Lightning Process and Insomnia
Neuro Linguistic Programming has efficient techniques to deal with the underlying patterns leading to sleep troubles.
When Insomnia or sleeping disorders are part of a more complex framework, the Lightning Process will teach you to address the main obstacles towards a nice, resting and refreshing night sleep:
The Physical Emergency Response (PER) which continuously activates your fight and flight response hormonal cocktail and consequently pumps adrenaline in your veins.
The profound emotional and neurological patterns that “drive” your nights
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