From the outside looking in, Andrew’s career was dazzling.
Many of his friends envied the lifestyle they saw through the lens of social media.
Briefing teams for an internationally renowned organisation, he regularly flew around the world with work. His holiday locations were exotic and equally far-flung.
And yet, Andrew was nearing the end of his tether.
Glamorous jobs come with unglamorous pressures and responsibilities. Never mind anything going on back at home.
Gruelling hours travelling, driving down dark, unfamiliar foreign roads. Throwing open a laptop in a hotel room, working long into the night. The kind of pressures that were keeping Andrew awake at night just kept mounting up. His insomnia was, as he put it, ‘relentless’.
‘If I don’t get some sleep, I don’t know…’ his voice tailed off.
Wendy was waiting for an operation.
She was due to have a hip replacement, the operation date was set, but the chronic discomfort was draining her physically and emotionally as, night after night, she struggled to get comfortable in bed.
‘I just feel all the work I’ve done to prepare for this operation is being drained.’
I could hear the emotion cracking her voice.
Both Andrew and Wendy have different roots to their insomnia, but just one hypnotherapy session has helped them both.
Within a couple of weeks, Andrew reported getting better quality sleep, although he was still waking up in the night.
‘I’m happy,’ he reported.
I want more for him, but this is a great start. When he does awaken, he’s getting back to sleep faster with the mind relaxation techniques I’ve taught him.
Wendy was astonished how much longer she was sleeping after our session. Her arthritic hip had been robbing her of much needed rest. She said:
‘To have immediate “memory” of how it feels to be deeply relaxed and pain-free was incredibly powerful.’
Sleep is not optional. Daytime irritability, depression, anxiety and trouble concentrating are all symptoms of insomnia. And if you’re interested in performing at your best, it’s essential. Waking up in the night is normal, but being unable to get back to sleep is not.
Reportedly, Roger Federer sleeps 10 hours a night and Usain Bolt; nine.
How well do you sleep? If you could improve your sleep in one session, would you take that step?