Sleep and weight management
Eating and Sleeping Issues
It is not a coincidence that I’ve put eating and sleeping issues headline just under stress and anxiety, nor that I grouped them together.
If you’ve had a quick look at those pages, where I’ve discussed stress and anxiety, you already have a pretty good idea of their impact on our eating and sleeping issues and how reducing stress and anxiety with hypnotherapy may be a great start, to solve your weight and sleep problems.
Lots of people turn to hypnotherapy, as a last resort to their weight management problems. Typically, they would have tried every type of diet under the sun, even some less scientific ones and would all be fed up with the idea of starting yet another one.
Here, it is important to mention that I am not a nutritionist nor an exercise expert and that hypnotherapy for weight management is not a magic wand. It doesn’t really reprogram your brain overnight, so that the pounds simply melt away. However, it is a wonderful complimentary therapy that can help you
- better understand the root cause of your over-eating
- take the pressure off your “will power” by letting you use all your subconscious resources to make the changes to your eating habits
- establish healthier life-choices, including motivation to get active
- practice what success will feel like and keep self-sabotage at bay
With hypnotherapy, you can shed a light, firstly, on when and why you stopped being able to hear your body’s signals of fullness or satiety and return to some healthier “settings”.
You can also explore if you were hungry for something else, that you have been trying to satisfy with food.
Once all the learning is done, hypnotherapy may help you change the unwanted habits (e.g. eating fast, eating in secret, eating when emotional) and replace them by helpful ones; primarily, eating when your body really needs it, only as much as it needs it, choosing the right foods.
Lastly, weigh management doesn’t have to be painful. It would go hand in hand with reminding yourself, what else gave you pleasure in life other than food or finding some new sources of happiness, and satisfaction, as well as increasing your self-esteem and self-belief.
Here is what my client Maria said, about how she lost two stone:
Sleep Disturbances and Insomnia
As Matthew Walker points out in his book Why We Sleep, “without exception, every animal species studied today sleeps or engages in something remarkably like it….sleep is universal”.
However, most people experience problems with sleep in their life. Experiencing sleep problems regularly is called insomnia. Insomnia manifests itself with a difficulty falling asleep, not being able to stay asleep and waking up several times during the night or waking up too early and not being able to go back to sleep. It is a very common symptom complaint with anxiety and depression.
The negative consequences of insomnia are substantial. The sufferers still feel tired after waking up and during the day. They are irritable, find it hard to concentrate, may experience memory problems and understandably, have reduced productivity. They are also more accident-prone. Their personal life is negatively impacted; as they feel fatigued, they are less interested in socializing, tend to withdraw from their usual leisure activities, their sex drive may suffer, their alcohol intake may go up. They also tend to over-eat, choosing usually the high-sugar, high-fat foods, to compensate for the lack of energy they feel. Consequently, they may become overweight and increasingly depressed.
There are specific skills that people who suffer from sleep disturbances and insomnia can learn. Relaxation techniques, sleep hygiene and breaking the vicious circle of “sleep anxiety” are some of them. Above, I’ve discussed how hypnotherapy can help reduce stress and anxiety. Reducing stress and anxiety during the day, will lead to a calmer you, come the night. With reduced stress hormones in your body, you may find it easier to hear the call of sleep hormones, produced in the evening.
With hypnotherapy, you can:
- explore the negative associations you may have developed at any stage in your life, especially in your childhood and release them
- experience the feeling of being utterly relaxed you may not have had in a long time and learn how to bring it about when you want, with self-hypnosis
- learn to park your busy thoughts and worries for the night, prime your mind to a better problem-solving mode, and break the chain of repetitive thinking about sleep.
Sleep is essential to rejuvenate our body and revitalize our brain. Do not delay taking action. Your well-being is in your hands.
Here is what Janet said about my treatment for insomnia: