The rhythm of life is formed by the alternation between day and night, a state which is indispensable to man in order to maintain his psychophysical balance.
Insomnia is defined as a state whereby the person perceives his sleep, over a prolonged period, as insufficient or inadequate to satisfy his need for rest. For a long time the individual is sleeping too little or badly.
We can distinguish different types of insomnia: initial insomnia characterized by a difficulty to fall asleep, intermittent insomnia, where sleep remains light all night, interrupted by frequent and brief awakenings, and terminal insomnia defined by an early awakening, often due to anguish and nightmares, leaving the person unable to sleep again.
The different types of insomnia tell us about the different stages of this discomfort.
When night arrives a person is asked to abandon himself to the state of sleep in which the rational part of his psychic world, with its defences, suspends its activities, leaving space for the unconscious parts of the mind to move and express themselves. For the individual, letting himself go to this unknown part of himself may frighten him due to the fear of having to face unknown emotions, thoughts and desires that might be considered unacceptable by the other part of himself. Therefore, during sleep, the person meets another part of himself, the most hidden part.
Insomnia, at the time of going to sleep, is related to the difficulty of accepting that the events of the day have finished and that the moment has come, for the individual, to close with them and with his conscious life, characterized by supervision and control.
With the night or early morning awakenings a person is asked to come to terms with the worries and anxieties aroused by his unconscious, that unaware hidden part of himself.
In order to reach a sufficient degree of well-being the individual should create a bridge of communication between the conscious and unconscious aspects of his personality.
Moreover, dreams are exactly one of those instruments of the man’s psychic world that ferry the unconscious contents into a disguised language, the dreamlike film, bringing a few aspects, hidden until then, to the conscious part of the person. But the director of his films is the individual himself, it is his vital part which insists on elaborating the unconscious contents, not remaining at the mercy of same.