We are fast becoming a population of insomniacs as health and lifestyle problems like obesity, excessive alcohol and sugary drink consumption, smoking, lack of physical activity, mental health problems, stress at work, shift work, financial concerns, and long commuting impact our sleep patterns. [Read more…]
Being popular and successful has become one of the ‘requirements’ of modern living – whether it comes from having a rising career, being a top sport star, having thousands of ‘friends’ on social media or being financially top of the pile.
Not being there can dent one’s self confidence while being at the top can also set you up for a fall and hit one’s self esteem – as has happened to England cricketers Ian Bell and Jos Buttler, rugby players like Sam Burgess and even football teams like Chelsea. [Read more…]
We all know that we do not perform at our best after a bad night’s sleep. We are also well aware that our 24-hour culture is putting more demands on us and affecting how much sleep we get. And now, scientists in Canada have launched what is set to become the world’s largest study of the effects of lack of sleep on the brain.
A team from Western University in Ontario want to get people from around the globe to sign up to a series of online cognitive tests to test reasoning, language comprehension and decision-making. The team will collate the cognitive scores and see the variations depending on how much sleep people have had, and that lack of sleep affects cognitive performance, the BBC reported.
Professor Adrian Owen, the neuroscientist heading the study, said: “We all know what it feels like to not get enough sleep but we know very little about the effects on the brain; we want to see how it affects cognition, memory and your ability to concentrate.”
Everyone’s sleep requirements are different, he said, but if enough people join the study, it may allow scientists to determine the average number of hours needed for optimum brain function. When we are tired, says Prof Owen, there is much less activity in the frontal and parietal lobes – areas that are crucial for decision making, problem solving and memory.
While we all know that it is dangerous to drive when tired, because our reaction times are impaired and we might fall asleep at the wheel, the more subtle effects of sleep deprivation on day-to-day living are far less understood.
Prof Owen added: “It may be that lack of sleep is having very profound effects on decision making and perhaps we should avoid making important decisions like buying a house or deciding whether to get married when we are sleep deprived.”
Better than medication or diet changes to cure this is hypnotherapy which has a good track record in this regard, a hypnotherapist can create a program of personalized treatment that identifies the client’s sleeping patterns and teaches self-management techniques which make a big difference not just too how long they sleep but the quality of sleep they enjoy.
Research shows that hypnosis combined with cognitive behavioral therapy is the most effective treatment for insomnia while further research shows that insomniacs generally respond well to hypnosis.
The BBC report added that a paper in Nature Reviews Neuroscience said there was ‘remarkably little understanding’ of the consequences on the brain of chronic sleep loss and further mentioned a ‘precipitous decline in sleep duration throughout industrialized nations’, adding that more research was urgently needed.
After sessions with a hypnotherapist, a person may feel more confident; more relaxed in situations that have previously been challenging. The person usually is calmer and shows more clarity of thought – able to make decisions more easily, so contact me for further information or take a look in my Audio Hypnosis shop for suitable sessions that can change you …
Social media pressure is making some young people resort to cosmetic procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers, says a study by the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, which adds that government must protect people from an unregulated industry.
The report also condemns makeover apps and online plastic surgery games aimed at children as young as nine, reports the BBC, adding that the report’s authors fear such apps are contributing to growing anxieties around body image.
The report identifies several factors that are encouraging young people in particular to focus on body image. These include increasing levels of anxiety around appearance; the rise of social media where photos can receive positive or negative ratings and the popularity of celebrity culture, complete with airbrushed images and apparently perfect lifestyles.
And, while much of the cosmetic procedures industry is unregulated so reliable data on its size is hard to come by, one market research company estimated the UK market could be worth as much as £3.6bn in 2015.
Professor Jeanette Edwards, from the University of Manchester, who chaired the council’s inquiry into ethical issues surrounding cosmetic procedures, said some of the evidence around games aimed at younger children had surprised the panel.
“We’ve been shocked by some of the evidence we’ve seen, including make-over apps and cosmetic surgery ‘games’ that target girls as young as nine. There is a daily bombardment from advertising and through social media channels like Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat that relentlessly promote unrealistic and often discriminatory messages on how people, especially girls and women, ‘should’ look.”
The report describes how apps with names such as ‘Plastic Surgery Princess;, ‘Little Skin Doctor’ and ‘Pimp My Face’ could be contributing to mental health problems in young people. Prof Edwards also called for cosmetic procedures to be banned for anyone under 18 unless they involve a multi-disciplinary team of specialists, GPs and psychologists.
A government spokesperson said: “This report highlights once again that we live in a world where young people are under immense pressure on a daily basis about how they should look – it is ethically wrong for companies to exploit this and offer unnecessary cosmetic procedures to under 18s.”
Coping with anxiety caused by issues like bullying, altered Self Image or low self-esteem is often helped with clinical hypnotherapy. Anxiety can manifest itself in different worries, it may be fear of being around other people, it may be anxiety in specific social situations, anxiety in your relationships with particular people at home, at school or at work, how you look and how you fit in to your social circle.
A trained therapist will assess your anxiety, and find the root of stress or anxiety and then work with you, through hypnosis, to reach your goal of a life free from anxiety, using a range of different techniques; Hypnotherapy unlocks the potential you have to break free of negative thought patterns, and to react more positively and more confidently. Low self-esteem often begins in childhood, Teachers, friends, siblings, parents, and even the media send us messages about ourselves, both positive and negative. For some reason, the message that you are not good enough is the one that stays with you.
To boost your self-esteem, you need to identify the negative beliefs you have about yourself and challenge them, contact me for further information or visit my audio hypnosis website and shop to find suitable self-hypnosis sessions to help …
Recent research has shown that there is such a thing as beauty sleep – and that it is important.
A couple of bad nights were enough to make a person look ‘significantly’ less attractive, the Karolinska Institute in Sweden found, adding that dark-circled ‘panda eyes’ and puffy lids can even put others off socializing with you.
In the research, people were rated by strangers as less healthy and approachable when they had tired faces as a result of broken sleep patterns.
The subjects were given kit to measure their sleep; told to have two good nights’ sleep and, a week, later, two nights of just four hours’ sleep. After each session, they were photographed without make-up. Then a panel of strangers was asked to rate them on attractiveness, health, sleepiness and trustworthiness, as well as been asked: “How much would you like to socialize with this person in the picture?”
The panel was good at judging if the person they were looking at was tired, and, if they were sleepy, their attractiveness score suffered. The strangers also said they would be less willing to socialize with the tired students, who they also perceived to be less healthy, Royal Society Open Science journal reports.
Lead researcher Dr Tina Sundelin said “An unhealthy-looking face, whether due to sleep deprivation or otherwise, might activate disease-avoiding mechanisms in others”
She said this makes sense in evolutionary terms while Dr Gayle Brewer, a psychology expert at the University of Liverpool and member of the British Psychological Society, said: “Judgment of attractiveness is often unconscious, but we all do it, and we are able to pick up on even small cues like whether someone looks tired or unhealthy. This study is a good reminder of how important sleep is to us.”
There are many things that prevent us from having a good night’s sleep – ranging from the pressures of modern life and using social media in bed to anxiety about exams, job interviews and other stressful situations, but, clinical hypnotherapy can help people overcome these issues and get a good night’s rest on a regular basis.
During a hypnotherapy session, a therapist will relax you, make you feel comfortable and work with you towards achieving your goal. In treatment sessions for anxiety and stress, the therapist will set you a goal asking how you wish to feel, how you would like to be, and things that you would choose to do in your life if you were free of anxiety.
“Many people say that they are calmer and that they have more clarity of thought – able to make decisions more easily. People, who have experienced side effects of anxiety such as insomnia, find that they are sleeping much better and as a result are able to work more effectively.”
So if you are ready to catch up on your beauty sleep and ready to explore ways of freeing yourself from anxiety and living a fulfilled and happy life, contact me for more information or have a look in my Audio Hypnosis shop to find a suitable session …