What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is the inability to fall asleep, or stay asleep at night over a longer period of time. Either there’s a struggle to fall asleep at night, no matter how tired you are, or you wake up in the middle of the night and lie awake for hours.
Even though Insomnia is considered a common sleep disorder, I would look at insomnia as “a symptom of another problem”. For each person the cause for insomnia may be different. For some it may simply be drinking too much caffeine during the day, however, from my experience insomnia is usually related to some underlying emotional issue that has remained unresolved and is keeping you up at night.
Common underlying causes for Insomnia
The sleepless nights can be related to feelings such as: anxiety and worry; dealing with unresolved issues; feelings of hopelessness; dealing with trauma; unresolved anger and rage; or grief of any kind. In my experience, treating and resolving these underlying issues and the pain related to them, is the key to curing insomnia.
Case description from the clinic
D came to me with the complaint of not being able to sleep at night. He would be up during most of the nights, and couldn’t understand why he wasn’t able to sleep.
We started looking into what it was that was keeping him up at night. Very quickly he learned that his fears and worries about his business made him restless and kept him up at night, which were also connected to trauma and fears he had been exposed to in his early childhood years.
The treatment was focused on teaching him how to connect and listen to his body and his emotions. This in return allowed him to access, clear and heal the root causes of his early childhood trauma’s, which were related to the insomnia.
Once we began clearing and healing the core issues that had caused him the worry and anxiety, he was able to return to quiet nights and sleep again. The whole process took about 4-5 months, with weekly meetings.