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  1. Can Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy help Tinnitus sufferers?

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    Hypnosis for Tinnitus

    Hypnotherapy for Tinnitus

    You may not be aware that you can use hypnotherapy to help you with the stress that can be caused when you suffer with tinnitus. Here’s some information all about how this could help you to let go off the stress and anxiety that suffering from tinnitus can cause.

    What is tinnitus?

    Tinnitus is a condition characterised by the sounds of ringing, buzzing, whistling, humming, hissing or other noises in one or both ears.

    Statistics show that in 10 people will experience mild tinnitus at some point in their lives.

    It can be caused by loud music, or riding a motorcycle without earplugs, working in a loud environment, but can also occur naturally even if you do not experience any of those reasons. The sound you hear can be continuous or intermittent and may vary in volume. It's a relatively common condition and can occur at any age.

    The first thing to do is see your GP or other healthcare professional.

     It’s always important you seek advice from your doctor to see if there is an underlying cause that can be treated, such as an ear infection or a buildup of earwax. They can remove this earwax for you, or you can visit a private clinic like Specsavers who will remove the earwax and check your hearing for you.

    The most common type of tinnitus problems that people experience are in the form of high-pitched sounds. A ringing in the ears can be the first sign. This can come and go for you.

    Fortunately, tinnitus is rarely a sign of a more serious underlying condition. The biggest problem can come from the stress that you feel form having it, and that is where hypnotherapy comes in to help.

    What can cause Tinnitus?
    It can be caused by loud music or sounds from machinery if you are working. As someone who rides a motorbike, I know that I always wear earplugs, because the noise and wind could cause me problems otherwise.

    Tinnitus from riding a motorbike

    Everyone has a different experience in the way they are affected by tinnitus...

    Some people will only occasionally experience the ringing symptoms and so find that tinnitus can be easier to live with, whilst others may experience a constant ringing of loud noises, and hearing this all day, every day. If you find yourself in this position it can have a very detrimental effect on your quality of life. The stress and anxiety, and anger that you may feel can in fact make it worse for you.

    This can even lead to feelings of frustration, fear and underlying anger.

    Hypnotherapy for tinnitus..    

    Once you have seen your Doctor and been checked out then you may find that it is a good time to look at how hypnosis can help tinnitus symptoms.

    Hypnosis for tinnitus is an increasingly popular form of tinnitus treatment, which can greatly improve your quality of life.


    How does Hypnotherapy for tinnitus work?

    One of the things that we will look at is how your experience of tinnitus affects your everyday life. If you are finding that you are stressed, anxious or even angry about it then we can start to teach you ways to switch off.

    This can even help you if you are suffering from insomnia. It is common to have sleepless nights if you are lying awake feeling annoyed at the sounds you can hear.

    I generally also make sure that I record any hypnosis that we do. This way you can listen at home as often as you want and it can really help you to learn to let go sooner rather than later.

    You can email me on [email protected] if you would like to find out about booking an appointment to work with me to help you if you are suffering with tinnitus.

  2. A New Way to Fall Asleep in Minutes The Cognitive Shuffle

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    Brand new trick to get to sleep easily

    blonde lady sleeping cognitive shuffle

    I spend a great deal of time helping people to learn to let go of insomnia and sleep better at night. In fact it is how I first came to hypnosis and hypnotherapy nearly 30 years ago, I like to think I look younger than I am !

    I often hear about new tricks and tips and so a chance to share them means that you can have a go yourself if you are struggling to get to sleep at night.

    So much goes on in our lives and so much in the world that switching off at bedtime can be tough.


    Cognitive Shuffle

     Canadian cognitive scientist Luc Beaudoin has invented what he calls a new cure for insomnia, He describes it as the “cognitive shuffle”.


    What do you do to get to sleep?


    It's a method for deliberately scrambling your thoughts, so they make no sense.

    The cognitive shuffle involves mentally picturing a random sequence of objects for a few seconds each: a chicken; a chair; a lettuce leaf, a radio and so on.


    The Trick to Meaningless thoughts


    It’s important to ensure the sequence is truly meaningless, otherwise you’ll drift back into thinking about the things that were already rattling around in your mind


    Unsurprisingly Beaudoin has his own app, hence his press releases about this new idea!

    It's called MySleepButton, and it speaks the names of items in your ear.

    Get to sleep without an App and for FREE!

    A cheaper and easier way is simply to pick a word, such as “SLEEPY”, then picture as many items beginning with “S” as you can, then “L”, then “E”, then… continue until you get bored and drift off into a refreshing sleep.


    How does the Cognitive Shuffle Work?


    Beaudoin explains that this works because our brains have evolved to determine whether it’s safe to fall asleep by checking what one specific part of the brain, the cortex, is doing. If it’s engaged in “sense-making” activity, that’s a sign it may be weighing up dangers. But if thoughts have degenerated into rambling nonsense, the coast is probably clear. So what we do is therefore fill the mind with things that simply make no real sense to us. In turn you trigger your own way of setting the sleep switch to on.


    If you think about it you will know that it’s hard to focus on multiple things at once. When you find a parking space and want to reverse you may find that you turn down the radio in your car. Sound familiar? I know I do that.


    More examples of how this works.

     The “cognitive shuffle” has other implications as well as helping you to sleep and let go of pesky insomnia.

     Perhaps you could think about the fact that it also suggests a clever way you can silence your own negative thoughts.


    When a child falls over they don't always cry, if you laugh at them and smile they laugh and feel ok, if you scream and express horror they start crying. They can't deal with that overload of thinking about things and that doesn't really change much as we get older.


    If you try the cognitive shuffle do comment and let me know how you get on!