Nathan – age 56
Insomnia, that is what I kept being told by my doctor. You can call it what you want, I said but it doesn’t help! The bottom line is that I had always had a problem with my sleep, but recently some nights I was not getting more than two or three hours of half decent sleep and it was starting to really affect me. I became irritable, anxious and felt like I was losing grip on everything. I tried the usual treatments sleeping pills, relaxation techniques, herbal remedies, nothing seemed to work. The crunch came one day when at work I snapped at my boss. He took me to one side and told me in no uncertain terms that things had to change and he knew a friend who had had a similar problem and had gone to a hypnotherapist. I was sceptical at first, but decided to give it a go, as I had nothing to lose. That’s when I called Alix. We arranged to meet and we simply discussed the problem. She was so easy to talk to and I felt at ease throughout the session. The upshot of this is that I am sleeping better now than I have in years and its all down to my sessions with Alix.
Often people who have sleep problems have unresolved emotions from the past which they have suppressed but come to the surface during the night. Added to this people with sleep issues often worry obsessively about not getting enough sleep and this circular thinking compounds the problem.In Nathan’s case we discussed what might have caused him to sleep poorly in the first place.He told me that as a child his father would come home very late after drinking heavily and have violent arguments with his mother .Nathan would stay awake worrying and felt powerless and scared .These feeling had never gone away and he would often wake up in a panic and not be able to get back to sleep. Through our work together we were able to release the pain and emotion connected to those old memories and gradually Nathan’s sleep patterns began to improve.