Our sleep plays an integral part in our immune system, regularly getting less than 6/7 hours of sleep each night can demolish the immune system
Around 19% of men have trouble falling asleep every night
Around 28% of women have trouble falling asleep every night
June '14 - May '19
Monthly NHS prescriptions for Melatonin rose by 148%
Have you ever lay in bed a night wishing your mind would just switch off, being aware of the clunk clunk clunk of the turning cogs?..I know I have on more than one occasion.
Research has shown that between June 2014 and May 2019 NHS monthly prescriptions for Melatonin* rose by 148% and the NHS issued just shy of 88,000 prescriptions for Melatonin at a cost of £2.6 million to the NHS, and in the same month issued over 438,000 prescriptions for Zopliclone** at a cost of £292,354 to the NHS.
* Melatonin - a hormone released by the pineal gland to regulate your daily sleep/wake cycle.
Melatonin can also be taken in supplement form to help with short term sleep disorders such a jet lag or to help with adjustment to shift work.
Available over the counter or via your GP on prescription
** Zopliclone - a prescription drug us to overcome bouts of insomnia, it comes in 2 different strengths: 3.75mg and 7.5mg and is usually taken just before you go to bed.
The Importance of Sleep
So, why is sleep so important?
Our sleep plays an integral part in our immune system, regularly getting less than 6/7 hours of sleep each night can demolish the immune system, leading to an increased risk of cancer, regular lack of sleep can also determine as to whether you are likely to develop Alzheimers later in life, disrupt blood sugar levels sufficiently to classify you to pre-diabetic, increase the likelihood of your coronary arteries becoming blocked & brittle and therefore leaving a predisposition of coronary heart disease, stroke and congestive heart failure.
Sleep is a far more important part of our health than I think many of us give it credit for - especially in our younger years where burning the candle at both ends is all too common.
The impact of poor sleep can lead to:
- Low Mood / Irritability
- Weight Gain
- Poor Focus
- Reduced Energy Levels
- Daytime Fatigue
- Reduced Immune System
- Increased Blood Pressure
- Stroke / Cardiovascular Disease
Hints & Tips to Help You Sleep:
- Avoid eating for at least 2 hours before your bedtime
- Avoid caffeine in an afternoon
- Try some gentle & relaxing activities such as meditation or mindfulness before bedtime
- Create a bedtime habit, try to go to bed the same time each night
- Avoid electronic devices just before bed
- Have a relaxing soak in the bath
With your permission hypnosis can access the subconscious mind to discover the cause is, once the cause is discovered, the effect can then be reversed.
I will add at this point that there will be occasions where medication needs to be taken in to consideration, in which case hypnotherapy may not necessarily be the solution.