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Insomnia is an condition where the sufferer finds it hard to fall asleep, finds it hard to stay asleep &/or causes them to wake up too early, unable to return to sleep. 

The amount of sleep we need is different for each of us however on average most adults need around 7 to 8 hours per night,  children 9 to 13 hours & toddlers/

babies 12 to 17 hours.


Most adults will suffer from a short-term insomnia at some stage in their life, which can last for days or weeks, less than 3 months. Insomnia which lasts longer than 3 months is called long-term insomnia. 

Insomnia is commonly caused by anxiety and stress but the sleep pattern can also be affected trauma.

Average number of sessions: 8 - 12.

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There are a collection of short term causes which can disrupt the biological clock e.g.:

·       shift work - e.g., where there is irregular work pattern.

·       new regular/short term noise,

·       a room that's too hot or cold,

·       an uncomfortable bed,

·       alcohol, caffeine or nicotine,

·       recreational drugs like cocaine or ecstasy,

·       jet lag often disturbs sleep pattern for a couple of days.

·       nightmares

Insomnia could also be the result of medical conditions such as 

·       schizophrenia or bipolar disorder

·       Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease

·       restless legs syndrome

·       overactive thyroid

·       menopause

·       sleep apnoea

·       pain

It's essential that if you are suffering from Insomnia you contact a medical professional to rule out any medical conditions before considering an alternative treatment.

Using Solution Focused Hypnotherapy I can help you manage the anxiety, stress & trauma which have caused your insomnia by alleviating the symptoms and finding solutions. 

By using a combination of psychotherapy techniques & trance I can facilitate the process of recovery and by explaining how the brain works, why & how insomnia is created and what we can do about it.  My client's are active & engaged in all the sessions & this process allows the client to think more clearly, rationally

An image of Sue Wimpenny the owner of The Willows Hypnotherapy.

The Symptoms of Insomnia


  • anxiety & stress

  • low mood

  • irritability

  • obsessed with the act of sleeping.


  • feeling tired after waking up

  • reduced energy.

  • increased risk of severe health issues

  • reduced concentration & focus

  • tension headaches (like a tight band around head)

  • difficulty falling asleep at night

  • waking up during the night

  • waking up too early

  • clumsiness & increased accidents

Changes in Behaviour​

  • compulsive behaviour, constantly checking

  • avoiding places, situations that create anxiety

  • not being able to enjoy your leisure time

  • struggling to form/maintain                      relationships

  • worried about trying new things

  • difficulty looking after yourself

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