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Therapies suitable for Sleep Disorders.
As many as one in ten people are said to suffer with chronic insomnia. Insomnia disrupts our natural ability to fall asleep through habitual behaviour or as a reaction to physical or emotional problems. The most common causes of insomnia are stress, anxiety or depression.
Chronic, long-term sleep disorders affect many people each year. These disorders and the sleep deprivation it causes could interfere with work, driving, social activities, and overall quality of life, and could have serious health implications.



Popular Therapies suitable for treating Sleep Disorders, Insomnia

Mind-body approaches are especially important tools for treating sleep problems because they are considered safe, have demonstrated evidence of benefit, generally non-intrusive and do not interfere with other treatments such as medications.

Herbal Treatments.
Herbs, can be administered in the form of aromatherapy, infusions and drinks, or as herbal supplements
Many Herbalists will reccomend several herb based solutions to solve your problems.
Chamomile, Lavender and passion flower are popular herbs commonly used in the treatment of insomnia,
The root of valerian (Valeriana officinalis) is often used by people with sleep disorders.
Other herbs useful as effective sleep remedies include hops, ginseng, lemon balm, and skullcap. The German government has approved certain herbs (valerian, hops, and lemon balm) for the relief of sleep problems.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT),
The cognitive side of cognitive behavioural therapy for sleep disorder teaches you to recognise and eventuallychange beliefs that are affecting your ability to sleep. The behavioural part of the therapy helps you develop good sleep habits and avoid the behaviours that keep you from sleeping well.
CBT for sleeping disordersmay be a good treatment choice if you have long-term sleep problems. You may want to try it if you're worried about becoming dependent on sleep medications, if medications aren't effective or if they cause bothersome side effects.
Unlike pills, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia addresses the underlying causes of insomnia rather than just relieving symptoms. But it takes time — and effort — to make it work. In some cases, a combination of sleep medication and cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia may be the best approach.
The longer sleep problems continue, the more likely you are to nap during the day to alleviate fatigue; this in turn will further disrupt your sleep cycle. CBT can help identify these types of patterns and give patients tools for decreasing anxiety and bodily tension and creating feelings of relaxation. CBT can help improve sleep quality over the course of several weeks.

Hypnotherapy tackles the root causes of insomnia and offers a non-intrusive, medication free natural cure. Hypnotherapy breaks insomnia down to two categories: inability to fall asleep and waking up during the night followed by an inability to fall asleep again. Hypnotherapy initially teaches the client self-hypnosis. The state of mind we achieve just before falling asleep is a hypnotic one and we enter into a deep relaxation. By learning self-hypnosis, we can invoke that hypnotic state and fall asleep naturally.
The second stage is regression hypnotherapy. As the causes of insomnia can be deep within our subconscious mind, the hypnotherapist can use techniques to unlock a hidden memory or event that may be causing the insomnia. Once the event is remembered, it can be understood and corrected so not to be an issue anymore. Finally, suggestion hypnotherapy places you into a state of relaxation and ‘suggestions’ are placed into the mind to help break bad sleeping habits.
The effects of hypnotherapy on your insomnia can become apparent after the first session. As you learn and master the self-hypnosis techniques, you’ll begin to calm your thoughts and control your sleep patterns. This will not only help at night, but in your general day-to-day routine enabling you to relax and take time out from your busy life.
Formal hypnosis with a trained therapist can help foster a state of deeper relaxation and inner focus (aka, trance) that can be very beneficial for reducing stress and muscular tension and calming the mind before sleep. Patients can be taught self-hypnotic techniques that are individually tailored to them and that they can use during at-home practice. For example, one may find it relaxing to breathe in a specific, calming color.

Acupuncture has an extremely relaxing effect on the nervous system. Using acupuncture for sleep disorders can correct imbalances, it avoids the risk of side effects as it includes natural treatment.
Acupuncture for sleep disorders improves well-being and improvement of health.
It is frequently used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for the treatment of insomnia and other sleep disorders. The procedure involves inserting very fine needles (sometimes in combination with a small electrical stimulus or with heat produced by burning specific herbs) into the skin at specific points in order to influence the functioning of the body.

Music Therapy:
There is much evidence that music therapy can have sleep benefits for older adults and children.
For the many people who struggle with sleep problems, listening to soothing music can lead to sounder sleep. Research shows that music can help reduce several factors known to interfere with sleep (including stress and anxiety), promote physical changes that support more restful sleep (such as lowered heart and respiratory rates), and aid in treatment of chronic sleep troubles like insomnia.

Relaxation techniques.
Increased muscle tension and intrusive thoughts interfere with sleep. Therefore, it is not surprising that techniques aimed at relaxing muscles (progressive muscle relaxation and biofeedback) and quieting the mind (meditation) have been found to be effective treatments for insomnia. Most people can learn these techniques, but it usually takes several weeks before they can sufficiently master the techniques well enough to help ease insomnia. Relaxation techniques are one of the most effective ways to increase sleep time, fall asleep faster, and feel more rested in the morning. They require a minimum of 20 minutes before going to bed. Some different techniques are:

•Visualization - involves imagining a relaxing scene. You can try it in bed before falling asleep. Involve all your senses. If you're imagining yourself on a tropical island, think of the way the warm breeze feels against your skin. Imagine the sweet scent of the flowers, look at the water and listen the waves--you get the picture. The more vivid the visualization and the more senses you involve, the more effective it will be.
•Relaxation Response - A mind/body technique based on the principles of Transcendental Meditation. Learn how to elicit the relaxation response
•Mindfulness - A type of meditation that essentially involves focusing on your mind on the present. Learn mindfulness.
•Yoga - combines deep breathing, meditation, and stretching. A Harvard study found that daily yoga for eight weeks improved total sleep time, the time to fall asleep.

Exercise for Sleep Disorders
Regular exercise deepens sleep in young adults -- whether or not they have trouble sleeping. In addition, several studies show that exercise can improve sleep in older people. Recent studies show that even low-to-moderate tai chi can improve the quality of sleep for older people, while Tibetan yoga exercises can help cancer patients with sleep problems. Although consistent exercise has been shown to improve sleep quality, most experts advise completing exercise at least three to four hours before bedtime to avoid interference with sleep.


Always talk to your doctor before trying an alternative approach and be sure to tell all your doctors what alternative treatments you are using.

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Therapists offering treatments for Sleep Disorders

Happiness From Within

153a Bath Road

TelNo: 07534911166

EmailAddress: donna@happinessfromwithin.co.uk

Fully qualified and insured hypnotherapist helping with anxiety, quit smoking, weight loss, sleep disorders, phobias, free initial consultation

Area: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Elise De Viell Hypnotherapy

41 Highbridge Road
Burnham on Sea
TA 8 Ill

TelNo: 07795561905

EmailAddress: edvhypnotherapy@yahoo.co.uk

Solution-Focused Hypnotherapy & Psychotherapy.
Free yourself from past past problems.
Hypnotherapy can help with depression, anxiety, phobias, smoking, weight issues, insomnia and much more.

Contact me for a free initial consultation and CD

Area: Somerset
Towns: Burnham on Sea, Bridgwater, Taunton

Hypnotherapy and Counselling
10 The Shrubberies
George Lane, S.Woodford

TelNo: 0800 142 2490

EmailAddress: enquiries@hypnotherapyandcounselling.co.uk

Professional and caring Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy and Counselling for issues such as stress, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, fears, phobias, insomnia, bad habits, etc.

Area: South Woodford
Town: London

Sweet Feet Reflexology
8 Keynton Close
Hertford, Herts
SG14 2EW

TelNo: 07951 719 115


The practice is located in Hertford, and we also provide a mobile service to all surrounding towns and villages.We specialise in Fertility, Pregnancy, Childbirth and Postnatal Reflexology.
We also give regular workshops, teaching parents to give reflexology to babies and children.
Furthermore we treat digestive problems, skin complaints, sleep disorders, hormonal imbalances, stress /migraine and joint problems.

ABC Level 3 Diploma in Reflexology, Maternity Reflexology, Baby Reflexology and Infertility Reflexology. Full member of AOR and Member of the NHS Directory of Complementary and Alternative Pracitioners. Member of FSB (Federation of Small Businesses)

Speciality:Pregnancy and Mother/Baby reflexology. Head Massage

Shiatsu for Health 
39 Riversdale Road
Halton Village
TelNo: 01928 564444
Shiatsu - so much more than a nice massage!
Shiatsu can boost energy, vitality and motivation.
Shiatsu has been shown to benefit: Stress, Depression, muscle and joint pain, hormonal balance, improve sleep.
Enjoy deep relaxation that lasts!
Highly recommended.

Hypnotherapy and Counselling
10 The Shrubberies
George Lane, S.Woodford

TelNo: 0800 142 2490

EmailAddress: enquiries@hypnotherapyandcounselling.co.uk

Professional and caring Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy and Counselling for issues such as stress, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, fears, phobias, insomnia, bad habits, etc.

Area: South Woodford
Town: London

Integrated Bodywork with Sue Carberry
The Langham Studio
36 Langham Street
London W1W 7AP

TelNo: 07946 389 763


Integrated Bodywork is the combination of Deep Tissue Massage, Aromatherapy & Reiki. Which helps to relieve stress, increase flexibility, release energy blocks, alleviate physical aches & pains & improves sleep, which increases your sense of well-being.

Area: Central London

Shiatsu; Reiki; Life Coaching; Shamanic Healing; Indian Head Massage
Muswell Hill or Notting Hill
The Life Centre, West London, Notting Hill, W8
Muswell Hill, North London, N10

TelNo: 07767 496 809


Geraldine is fully qualified in a wide range of healing modalities & has been practising for nearly 8 years. She uses her innate intuitive & healing abilities to help you achieve better health & relief from ailments. She has helped 100s of clients recover from the effects of stress; insomnia; low energy levels; lack of focus or direction; neck, back & shoulder pain; digestive & menstrual disorders & more.

She can help you achieve better health, more energy and happiness. She specialises in stress-related symptoms whether the result is physical or emotional.

Excerpt from article on insomnia, The Daily Mail 14 June 05.
'I have had insomnia since I was 12. For decades I would be up most nights. I was in utter turmoil. I was prescribed anti-depressants, then temazepan. After ten years I of this, I saw Geraldine (for Shiatsu treatments), I was soon calmer and happier. I started to go to sleep at 11pm and wouldn't wake until 7am. I still enjoy sleeping normally.' Natalie Leeson, West London

Heal The Body
90 Limpsfield Road

TelNo: 07967373642

EmailAddress: lauriesbarry@hotmail.co.uk

Nutrition and Lifestyle choices will help:
Cardiovascular disease, Depression, Stress, Migraine, Headaches Dementia, Alzheimer's
High blood pressure,
PMS, Insomnia
Multiple sclerosis, Candida / Thrush
Digestive problems, Constipation, Irritable bowels
Osteoarthritis, Gout,Arthritis
Protect cells from DNA damage, Inhibit tumours
Remove heavy metals, Toxins and Carcinogens from the body.
Fungi and Yeast infections.

Area: South Croydon

Health Kinesiology - Rachel Charlton
2 Simonside Close
Northumberland NE61 2XY

TelNo: 01670 505898


Health Kinesiology can be used to treat any condition including Allergies, Arthritis,digestive problems, Headaches, Hormonal problems, IBS, Insomnia, Poor self-esteem, Low self-confidence,Respiratory problems, Anxiety & Stress, Skin problems.

keith travis hypnotherapy
14 Quinnell Way
Suffolk NR32 4WL

TelNo: 01502732247

EmailAddress: keithtravis@talktalk.net

Help with Phobias, Give up smoking,Weight loss, depression,anxiety,sleep problems

Area: Lowestoft

Towns: Lowestoft,Great Yarmouth,Beccles

Julie Bateman, MAR 
West Sussex

TelNo: 01903 233211 / 07941 588692
Reflexology is a complementary therapy which may be beneficial for:
Back pain, Migraine, Arthritis, Sleep Disorders, Infertility
Hormonal Imbalances, Digestive Disorders
Stress Related Conditions.
Fully Qualified and Insured Member of the AOR.
1 hour treatment -£25Area: West Sussex

Area: West Sussex
Town: Brighton

Hypno1 (Dr. Dylan Morgan)
249a Otley Road
West Park
LS16 5LQ

Very experienced. Satisfaction guarantee. Much free information. Hypnotherapy, counselling, stop smoking, weight loss, stress, blushing, phobias, addictions, insomnia ,blushing, sport enhancement and more.

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