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The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to – F. Scott Fitzgerald

We all need to sleep well, but sleep is particularly important in hypnotherapy. Disturbed sleep is a big clue that something is amiss and by working to improve our sleep, we can gain a radical improvement to our quality of life and general wellbeing. I've wanted to write about sleep for a while. In this post I'll start to explain why sleep is so vital.

Ideally, we all sleep well at night and a normal part of our sleep is the dreaming phase, also known as Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep. During our REM sleep we re-run events of the day as dreams, strip away any emotion, and file them away as memories. When we wake up in the morning, any negativity from the previous day is forgotten and we start our day afresh.

The REM part of our sleep is very intensive for our brains, so ideally, only about 20% of our sleep is spent on dreaming. The remainder of our sleep is rest and recuperation for our bodies. It should just be a normal part of our lives.

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