Updated: Mar 22
Using Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) for Sleep Problems
By Carole McCormack, CSM, CHyp, EFTcc
According to some researchers, around 60 percent of the world population is affected by sleep disorders at one point or another during their lives. This seems to be a very high percentage, but physicians have identified more than 70 types of sleep disorders.
Sleep is essential for good health. Humans need to a sleep certain amount of hours according to their age. In adults, six to eight hours are recommended by specialists. A lack of good quality sleep or sleep deprivation can have serious effects on one’s health. The following are some of the possible consequences of sleep deprivation:
- It weakens the immune system considerably.
- It makes people feel hungry even when they have already eaten. Excessive eating may lead to the client putting weight on.
- It affects people's memory significantly. Poor sleep patterns may impact on the ability to be able to think clearly the next day.
- It impairs physical performance and mental tasks become more challenging, and
- Problem solving difficulties.
People who suffer from sleep disorders may feel frustrated and usually feel exhausted and irritable.
Emotional Freedom Technique Practitioners propose that sleep disorders can be a result of an imbalance of energy system within the body. Added to this, people with sleep disorders tend to fill their minds with thoughts like "I can't sleep", "Tonight is going to be as bad for me as last night”, or "If I don’t get enough sleep I won’t be able to function the next day”, these types of thoughts usually exacerbate the problem.
The purpose of EFT is to modify the thoughts and feelings that are affecting the sleep patterns of the person. In addition to this EFT is wonderful in resolving any underlying issues that may be contributing to the sleep disorder.
EFT sessions will ask clients to rate their stress triggers from 0 to 10, and the highest rated will be used to create positive statements for them to repeat while tapping on their energy points.
In some cases, sleep disorders are provoked by worries and concerns that have recently happened in a person’s life. They will then have to identify those specific thoughts. Fear of dying, scared to go to sleep, company depends on their ideas to keep functioning; financial worries, and so others are examples of persistent worries that don’t allow people to sleep well, or not sleep at all.
As soon as these are identified, positive statements suggested by EFT are:
"Even though I can't get to sleep, I deeply accept myself", or "Even though I feel a huge responsibility for my kids, company, etc. I choose to have a good sleep and think about my duties when I wake up ".
Results can be immediate. That night can be the beginning of a pleasant sleep. Clients must persist until full results are achieved.
A good sleep is not a luxury. So, if you are having trouble sleeping or know somebody living with this unpleasant situation, EFT can be the way to know what a good sleeping time means.
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