Dealing with Insomnia

If you’ve been struggling to get a good night’s rest for one month or longer, you may have insomnia.

Jeanette Dreyer

M.Ed. (Psyc) Pretoria, B.Ed. (Psyc) Pretoria, B.A. (Unisa), D.S.O.R.O. (Unisa), H.P.O.D. (Wellington), Medical Hypno-Analysis (S.A.S.C.H.), E.M.D.R. (Education Unlimited), Certified Imago Therapist, (Imago Relationships International), Sandplay Therapist (Martin Kalf), BrainWorking Recursive Therapy® (Essex Institute)

Jeanette Dreyer is passionate about helping her clients to identify the root their personal negative subconscious programming and guiding them to change it through hypnotherapy, EMDR and now through BWRT®

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Dealing with Insomnia

If you’ve been struggling to get a good night’s rest for one month or longer, you may have insomnia.

Chronic insomnia is difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep or a non-restorative sleep, for one month or longer. Symptoms of insomnia are:

  • daytime fatigue
  • irritability and frustration
  • impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning

What causes Insomnia?

Insomnia is caused by anxiety and stress. A person suffering from insomnia may have anxiety due to current stressful circumstances in his or her life, such as:

  • financial difficulties
  • a pending retrenchment
  • fear of losing a job
  • fear of being a victim of crime
  • fear of losing a loved one, etc.

Such circumstances have to do with survival and when one’s survival is threatened, it creates anxiety.

This anxiety may trigger the memory of similar earlier experiences in life when one’s survival was at stake and anxiety was experienced which is deeply embedded in the subconscious mind. The most significant of these earlier experiences are during the time in the womb. Certain life threatening circumstances can keep the baby in a state of anxiety, too scared to relax and sleep peacefully. Keeping awake most of the time gives a feeling of being in control. Examples:

  • A mother considering or attempting abortion.
  • A history of previous miscarriages or the death of a baby and the mother fearing the same might happen with a subsequent pregnancy.
  • A baby who is to be given up for adoption, fearing the unknown.
  • Physical abuse during pregnancy.
  • A baby being unwanted, fearing rejection.

The subconscious mind, which is an illogical part of the mind, perceives situations that are similar as the same and responds as if it is the same. Such similarity between being in utero and being in bed at night is perceived by the subconscious, because in both situations it is dark, warm and quiet. Going to bed at night may trigger the memory of anxiety experienced in utero. This causes a fear to switch off and sleep because falling asleep is perceived as not being in control, resulting in insomnia.

How does hypnotherapy treatment for insomnia work?

Effective treatment of insomnia cannot be done by just giving direct suggestions for sound sleep to the subconscious in a hypnosis session. In hypnotherapy the causes of insomnia need to be identified and treated. Once the root cause has been identified, negative thought patterns that are lodged deep in the subconscious mind can be substituted with positive ones which leads to restoration of the chemical balance in the brain.

At Eureka Centre we offer treatment for various sleep disorders:

  • insomnia symptoms
  • chronic insomnia
  • insomnia in children
  • insomnia in pregnancy
  • insomnia in menopause
  • stress insomnia
  • anxiety insomnia
  • insomnia and depression
  • familial insomnia
  • narcolepsy
  • nightmare disorder
  • sleep terror disorder
  • sleepwalking disorder

Are you suffering with insomnia? Make an appointment today and say goodnight to insomnia.

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We at Eureka Centre have many satisfied clients. Below are some of their inspiring stories:

Hypnotherapy for Insomnia

I was desperate to find a way to beat insomnia after years on sleeping tablets. Through hypnotherapy at Eureka Centre I found exactly that! Due to financial problems my parents experienced while my mom was pregnant with me I had a lot of anxiety, fearing they would not be able to provide for me and I would die. My husband lost his job and this triggered my insomnia.

– Eureka Centre Client


I am a new person! Since I went for hypnotherapy for anxiety at Eureka Centre I am able to switch off, I sleep well and I have so much more energy. I am no longer on tranquilisers and sleeping tablets. It was the best investment I ever made!

– Eureka Centre Client

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