The Coronavirus is still spreading far and wide, and now there have been increased reports of it having detrimental effects on people’s sleep. One clinical hypnotherapist is working to combat those broken sleeping patterns with the power of hypnosis.
As part of her 12 week community give back program to help people around the world cope with the Coronavirus, hypnotherapist Melanie McCool is offering a complimentary hypnosis recording to show people how they can achieve the deep, restorative sleep they need.
“The Coronavirus pandemic has drastically changed the way we live our everyday lives and is forcing us to deal with emotions such as anxiety that can be a constant drain to our health, both mentally and physically. As the nationwide lockdown goes on, people’s levels of anxiety are increasing and those who suffer from sleeping problems such as insomnia are struggling to get enough sleep. In fact, many people have actually found themselves suffering with sleep issues for the first time in their lives.”
“We need good quality sleep to function properly, and by stressing over the Coronavirus we are keeping our minds and bodies wide awake and on high alert when they need to recharge. While it is natural to be worried about the future with the Coronavirus still impacting day to day life, we need to find ways to control these worries to limit the negative effects of poor sleep.”
Melanie added: “I teach my clients hypnotherapy techniques that will help them deal with the barriers that are currently making their lives difficult. By introducing sleeping strategies that target their restlessness such as induced relaxation, focused attention, symptom control and guided imagery, we can ease the worries and tensions that are currently preventing sleep.”
“Not dealing with sleep issues can lead to being unable to fall asleep at all, waking up several times during the night, having more intense and emotional dreams, waking up feeling tired and groggy the next morning, finding it difficult to concentrate or function properly, and feeling highly irritable. The bottom line is, sleep becomes more elusive when we are anxious. Hypnosis can help many forms of sleep issues such as insomnia.”
Melanie advises sleep hypnotherapy as a new approach to try as an alternative to traditional methods that perhaps do not work for everybody.
“Unlike sleep medications, sleep hypnotherapy has no side effects so it can be an aid for those who can’t or don’t want to take sleeping pills. Being unable to sleep only creates more frustration and leads to more tiredness, so I can’t recommend this hypnosis recording enough if you are experiencing sleep problems during lockdown.”
Alongside Melanie’s hypnosis recording tailored to improving sleep, she has also written a blog which includes 5 top tips to achieve a calmer and better sleep:
1. Limit news intake and avoid screen time for at least an hour before bed. Instead, do something to boost your mood before bed – a humorous television program or an uplifting podcast can help you sleep.
2. Add structure to your day. Our brains and bodies love structure. Wake, exercise, eat and go to sleep at similar times each day.
3. Learn to relax. Relaxation can switch off the stress response, both physically and mentally. Find something that works for you, whether that is mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing or a long hot bath.
4. Focus on your breathing. Think about resting rather than sleeping. Follow your breathing by silently whispering the words ‘in’ and ‘out’ to induce sleep
5. If you can’t sleep, get out of bed. Your bed should not be a battleground. Instead, try to enjoy the sensation of merely resting.
“This pandemic has many repercussions beyond the actual virus. One is the potential impact on mental health and wellbeing as people try to manage an increasingly stressful situation. And if I can help ease that stress in just a small way, I believe it’s worthwhile trying.”
To access Melanie’s download, visit https://www.mindworxco.com/sleep