Sleep Your Way to a Healthier You!

Victoria Horton

Victoria Horton

Sleep Your Way to a Healthier You!

In our hectic lives, sleep can often take a back seat. If we often neglect our nightly rest, this can have a detrimental effect on our overall health, including weight gain. I thought I’d have a look at the connection between sleep deprivation and weight gain and how solution focused hypnotherapy can provide a practical path to achieving better sleep and, consequently, improved weight management.

The sleep-weight connection

  1. Hormones in disarray

The link between lack of sleep and weight can be in part attributed to the disruption of essential hormones like leptin and ghrelin. Leptin tells your brain when you’re full, while ghrelin stimulates hunger. Sleep deprivation disturbs this delicate balance by reducing leptin levels and increasing ghrelin levels. As a result, you’ll feel hungrier and less full up when you’re tried, potentially leading to overeating.

2. Cravings and Impulse control

Have you ever noticed that you’re more likely to reach for unhealthy snacks when you’re tired and / or hungover?! Lack of sleep can affect the prefrontal cortex’s function, the part of the brain responsible for decision making and impulse control. This can make it harder to resist those late night cravings for sugary treats (even if you’ve done well all day!)

3. Sluggish Metabolism

Your body’s metabolism doesn’t rest while you sleep, it’s working hard to regulate various processes. Chronic sleep deprivation can disrupt glucose metabolism leading to insulin resistance. This not only raised your risk of type 2 diabetes but also makes it easier for your body to store calories as fat, contributing to weight gain.

Enter solution focused hypnotherapy….

Solution focused hypnotherapy is a powerful therapeutic approach that aims to promote positive changes by focusing on solutions rather than dwelling on problems. It combines elements of hypnosis with cognitive behavioural techniques to address specific issues, such as sleep problems and weight management.

  1. Harnessing the power of the mind

Solution focused hypnotherapy can help you develop healthier sleep patterns by harnessing the power of the subconscious mind. Through guided relaxation and suggestion, hypnotherapy can promote better sleep hygiene and relaxation techniques, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep through guided relaxation and suggestion.

2. Breaking the Cycle

One of the key benefits of solution focused hypnotherapy is its ability to break the cycle of poor sleep and weight gain. By addressing the root causes of sleep deprivation, such as stress and anxiety and teaching effective coping strategies, hypnotherapy can empower you to regain control over their sleep patterns and subsequently, your weight.


The connection between sleep deprivation and weight gain is well established, but it’s a challenge that can be overcome. Solution focused hypnotherapy offers a way to address both issues simultaneously. By reprogramming the mind to embrace healthier sleep habits and manage stress, hypnotherapy can help individuals break the cycle of sleepless nights an associated weight gain.  Positive change is within reach, and a good night’s sleep is an essential step towards achieving your weight management goals.

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