What is sleep?

Sleep is a state of consciousnesses, which gives our body time to rest and build up strength. While we are asleep, our body goes through different stages at approximately 90 minute cycles: light sleep, deep sleep and dreaming, the latter also known as rapid eye movement (REM) sleep.


What is insomnia?

Insomnia is the disturbance of a normal sleep pattern. For example:

  • Difficulty getting to sleep
  • Waking in the night
  • Waking in the morning
  • Not feeling refreshed after sleep

Lack of quality sleep can affect us profoundly, both physically and emotionally.


What help is available?

Brief therapy/counselling can be valuable in helping to change thinking patterns and to deal with any anxieties or other emotional issues that may be affecting your sleep. GPs may prescribe sleeping tablets but these should be used with caution as some can be addictive. A few simple lifestyle changes can help significantly with improving quality of your sleep. To receive free Top Tips for a Good Night's Sleep, or to arrange a face-to-face or telephone consultation / therapy session, get in touch through the Contact page of this website.

You can download a handout with a simple relaxation exercise that can be helpful for promoting sleep here. I also teach one-day Good Night's Sleep workshops in-house for the National Health Service, other organisations, as well as occasionally for the general public.

Appointments are available at my clinics in Glossop, High Peak (Derbyshire) and in Mossley (Lancashire) - both venues are around 30 minutes drive or a train ride from the centre of Manchester. Online and telephone consultations may be available subject to suitability - please enquire.

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