“I have trouble falling asleep.”
Many clients who experience anxious states throughout the day have difficulty falling and/or staying asleep throughout the night. Insomnia is an initial presenting concern for many people, however issues around anxiety are almost invariably present.
Many individuals with anxiety have developed sleep patterns that interfere with the rejuvenation the body (and brain) need. Sleeping poorly becomes a vicious cycle, and is an added strain for the mind that is already fatigued and overwhelmed.
Anxiety is a state of arousal that does not simply “turn off” at bedtime. Arousal has become a programmed or conditioned state. This learning must be interrupted.
The subconscious mind will continue to accept poor sleeping patterns until it is re-educated. The subconscious mind must be retrained so that the relaxation response can be accessed on cue.