We offer sleep and dream coaching.
How well do you sleep?
Most people experience sleep problems sometimes.
People who ignore these problems may have sleeping habits that interfere with their
lives. Sleep patterns are often
disturbed by stress, relationships, family
challenges, age and health issues.
People who feel stressed may experience difficulties
sleeping - and difficulty sleeping may increase stress. We help
- have unsatisfying sleep
- have difficulty falling asleep
- wake up too early in the morning
- suffer from anxiety dreams or nightmares
- wake up at night with
difficulty returning to sleep
Your sleeplessness may cause you to feel low on energy, irritated and have
difficulty concentrating. Insomnia can be transient (short term), intermittent
(on and off), or chronic (constant).
of Drugs . Stress .
Causes of Insomnia
About 75% of all cases of insomnia seem to be related to
emotional stress about relationship problems. If you risk separation of a
death of a family member, or the loss of a child or a job, you may have trouble
We can help you, especially if unpleasant
feelings and self-talk are keeping you awake; for example if ...
- you feel guilty
- you feel depressed
- your life does not make sense
Chronic insomnia may be related to mental or physical
disorders. Insomnia is also associated with depression, which often accompanies
guilt or a
loss of life purpose. See Meaning of Life
Chronic insomnia may also be related to misuse
of caffeine, alcohol, or other substances; shift work or other nighttime activities;
or to chronic stress.
If you want to worsen your insomnia, you can:
- nap during the day
- ingest excessive caffeine
- drink alcohol before bedtime
- smoke cigarettes before bedtime
- work rotating shifts or change time zones
- expect to have difficulty sleeping and worry about
We can help you change these and similar behaviors.
A sleep disorder called narcolepsy is like an
extension of dreaming into waking. Symptoms include
excessive sleepiness; weak muscles during strong emotions and vivid
Symptoms often begin after puberty or during young
adulthood, when excessive sleepiness produces sleep attacks. This
can result in sleeping at school, work and social events; and while
eating, talking or at other inappropriate times.
There is no accepted cure for narcolepsy; although the
symptoms are often controlled with stimulants, antidepressant drugs;
regulating sleep, and/or controlling emotional reactions. Then, most
people with narcolepsy can enjoy a near-normal lifestyle. Otherwise,
narcolepsy may have strong social, educational and financial
We can help you reassemble your dreams or nightmares. Our dreaming together is
often profoundly effective (and is wonderful for children scared by monster dreams).
How can you manage chronic insomnia?
Relationship and guilt problems may reduce your sleep,
especially if you focus on them in your thoughts. We may be able to
help you manage chronic insomnia by:
- Resolving relationship problems
- Helping you change any emotional problems
- Identifying, stopping or reducing behaviors that
Soulwork therapy can take many forms,
depending on what you want and what you are willing to take responsibility
for. As most of your emotions originate in your relationships, by
making your relationships healthy you simultaneously clarify and make
peace with your emotions.
The long-term use of sleeping pills
should be under the supervision of a physician to evaluate effectiveness
and minimize side effects. Usually, these drugs are prescribed at the
lowest dose and for the shortest duration needed to relieve the
sleep-related symptoms. The dose can be gradually lowered; if stopped abruptly,
insomnia can re-occur. See Side Effects
of Prescription Drugs
Your doctor may prescribe sleeping pills (barbiturates
or tranquillizers). Barbiturates are considered to be less effective than
tranquilizers. Minor tranquilizers may be used for a few nights to
restore your sleep cycle and to reduce anxiety, but are not recommended
as long-term treatments.
Identify and attempt to manage any problems that may prevent
your sleep. If Sexual Issues prevent sleep -
see our Sexual Solutions
You can reduce or eliminate anxiety and body
tension, so that your mind can stop racing, your muscles can relax, and
you can sleep. It may take time for you to learn relaxation techniques and to
relax quickly and effectively. We can accelerate your learning.
First learn to relax physically; until this is
quick and simple. Learning to relax mentally can be more difficult but
we can help you make it easy. Become a sleep expert.
spend too much time in bed unsuccessfully trying to sleep? You may
benefit by creating a sleep restriction program that at
first allows you to only sleep a few hours. You can gradually
increase your sleep time until you can sleep normally.
Contact us for help resolving Partnership
Emotional Incest. Other
solutions for insomnia can include:
- Warm baths
- Bedtime snacks
- Relaxing music
- Warm milk or herbal teas
- Sleep in a ventilated bedroom
- Avoid sleeping in
- Sleep on your back
- Avoid daytime naps
- Regular bedtime hours
- Daily physical exercise
- If you can't sleep, get up
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