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Fear of Sleep Counselling

Mental Health Counselling for the Fear of Sleep – Available in Wolverhampton and Online Internationally

The Fear of Sleep is Technically Known as Hypnophobia and is a more generally a fear of ‘falling’ asleep rather than sleep itself.

Clients we have seen for this phobia are more often that not suffering from thanatophobia, the fear of dying, as one of the main components of hypnophobia is the fear that one might not ever wake up again (or die).


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Hypnophobia is not the fear of hypnosis! Hypno comes from the Greek ‘Hypnos’ – to sleep.

All phobias, regardless of what the feared object or circumstances are, produce feelings of Anxiety and Stress for the sufferer, and the Fear of Sleep is no different.

Whilst the feared object or situation may seem, to other people, to be ‘ridiculous’ or ‘silly’, the person who suffers from Hypnophobia knows only too well that the Anxiety that they experience is real enough.

You can read more about phobias in general here.

We completely understand this here at TranceForm Psychology and will treat you and your Fear of Sleep seriously and with ‘unconditional positive regard’.

It has long been understood within the world of psychology that our minds are more than capable of producing a real biological reaction to any given situation and so as long as the Hypnophobia sufferer “believes” that the object or situation they fear represents a real danger to them, then they will experience real fear with all of the associated symptoms.

This ‘reaction’ itself is not ‘faulty’ – the problem isn’t the Anxiety that is experienced, but the ‘idea’ or ‘thoughts’ that go into creating this reaction!

The greater majority of people who suffer with the Fear of Sleep readily accept that their fear is “irrational” but continue to experience it regardless of this knowledge. It is important to understand, therefore, that despite the severity and strength of the negative emotional experience that the Fear of Sleep might produce inside you, that it is 100% created by your thinking and not by the external object or environment itself. This idea is known as ‘constructionism’ and is particularly well understood.

Fear of Sleep Symptoms

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The symptoms of the Fear of Sleep are very similar to other specific phobias and will often include:

  • Using caffeine to stay awake
  • Avoid sleeping
  • Panic attacks
  • Inability to Relax
  • Problems Concentrating
  • Being quick tempered
  • Feelings of dizziness
  • Prickly sensations
  • Palpitations
  • Dry and Sticky mouth
  • Sweating Excessively
  • Breathlessness
  • Migraines and Headaches

Hypnophobia Symptoms are generally automatic and uncontrollable and can seem to take over a person’s thoughts which frequently leads to extreme measures being taken to avoid the feared object or situation, what are known as “Safety” or “Avoidance” behaviours.

Unfortunately, for the sufferer, these safety behaviours have a paradoxical effect and actually reinforce the Fear of Sleep rather than solve it!

Your Fear of Sleep may be the result of negative experiences that can be either directly or indirectly linked to the object or situational fear.

Over time, these symptoms can become “normalised” and “accepted” as limiting beliefs in that person’s life – “you have learnt to live with it.”

In just as many cases, Hypnophobia may have become worse over time as more and more sophisticated avoidance behaviours and routines are developed.

The good news is that the vast majority of people who suffer with a Fear of Sleep will find that a course of Psychological Therapy will help enormously by helping to change the fundamental thinking contributing to the problem in the first place!

Overcome Your Fear of Sleep with Our Self-Help CBT Programme – Only £99!

Self-help CBT has been shown to be highly effective for anxiety-related problems such as the Fear of Sleep and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home.

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Structured over TEN, in-depth modules, our Self-Help CBT course will teach you everything you need to know to change the way you think about and experience your Fear of Sleep without having to visit a therapist.

Click Self-Help CBT for the Fear of Sleep to find out more.

Psychological Help for the Fear of Sleep

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If you’re determined to overcome your Fear of Sleep then we highly recommend following our Advanced Tranceformental CBT programme with Paul which is available as an Online Therapy as well as a self-directed programme.

The Tranceformental programme is a highly successful & pragmatic mental health counselling course, run over 10 sessions, that will teach you everything you need to know to understand your problem, identify how unhelpful thinking and limiting beliefs might be reinforcing the issue, and then show you how to make any changes to your unhelpful thinking styles or maladaptive safety behaviours that you may have developed as part of your coping strategies.

Our Tranceformental CBT programme is an evidence-based, research supported approach used by mental health practitioners around the World.

Alternative Therapy Options for the Fear of Sleep

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Although our preferred form of mental health counselling for the Fear of Sleep is our Tranceformental CBT programme, we also offer alternative psychotherapies for those who might prefer a different approach.

These include:

  • Psychodynamic therapy which focuses more on emotional problems and relies on the Therapeutic Relationship to bring about change. Available with Paul.
  • General Counselling which is less structured but still provides a safe and non-judgmental environment to discuss issues which is therapeutic in its own right.
  • Hypnotherapy is an alternative form of therapy that can be applied to a very wide range of problems and is available with Joan.

Free Initial Consultations for the Fear of Sleep

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We offer all prospective clients a FREE initial consultation to discuss your Fear of Sleep prior to commencing any treatment plans.

During this consultation we will discuss the various options that are available to you and make a considered recommendation based on your individual personal circumstances.

Initial consultations are also available online using Zoom by prior arrangement.

At Tranceform Psychology we recognise the importance of the therapeutic relationship in helping people to bring about effective change, so its important to be able to ‘meet’ to discuss our change programmes BEFORE proceeding.

Our policy is to help people make a fully balanced & considered decision about undertaking therapy with us, including both the financial and personal implications.

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Overcome Your Mental Health difficulties with Our Online Self-Help CBT Programme - Only £99!

Self-help CBT has been shown to be highly effective for a range of mental health problems and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home.

Structured over TEN, in-depth modules, our Self-Help CBT course will teach you everything you need to know to change the way you think about and experience your problems without having to visit a therapist.

Click Self-Help CBT to find out more.

Do I Have a ‘Mental Illness’?

Why not try out these mental health quizzes to see if you have the symptoms of Depression or Anxiety.

PHQ 9 Depression Test

GAD7 Anxiety Test

These two tests are used throughout the mental health profession as indicators of mental illness.

NOTE: These quizzes do NOT diagnose mental illness, only that you have associated symptoms.

Contact Paul Lee BSc. MSc.

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I specialise in the following areas:

Tranceformental CBT

Life Coaching

Psychodynamic Therapy

Call me on 07434 776125

e-mail: paul@tranceformpsychology.com

Contact Joan Lee D. Hyp.

Read about Joan

I specialise in the following therapies:

Brain Working Recursive Therapy

(Conscious) Analytical Therapy

Tranceformental CBT

Call Joan on: 07434 776504

e-mail: joan@tranceformpsychology.com

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