Hypnotherapy for Sleep: A Closer Look
When someone can’t sleep at night, it can cause them to become stressed, anxious, and even depressed, especially if the insomnia lasts for long periods. According to the Sleep Health Foundation, around 33% of people suffer from sleep disorders.
Over-the-counter or prescription sleep aids, dietary and lifestyle changes are often the first things people try to overcome the issue. Even then, it can be hard to get a good night’s rest. An often overlooked, yet potentially effective means of falling asleep and staying asleep is sleep hypnosis.
What is Sleep Hypnosis?
Hypnosis, or hypnotherapy, is defined as a trance-like state, in which a person feels deeply relaxed, highly focused and open to suggestion. It is often used to alter a person’s unhealthy habits, for example, to stop smoking.
It’s also used therapeutically to help ease pain, improve mood, and decrease anxiety and depression. Many people with sleep disorders also find hypnosis to be extremely helpful in helping them relax, fall asleep quickly, and stay asleep longer.
Chicago Hypnotherapist Costa Provis shared the following with me when preparing this blog post: “Sleep hypnotherapy really isn’t that much different than other forms of hypnosis. The person is aware and awake the whole time during the process. Hypnosis is a tool that can be used as part of a comprehensive and natural approach to wellness.”
How Does It Work?
When someone mentions hypnosis most people get an image of the hypnotist swinging a pendulum, watch, or another object to induce a trance. For the most part, that’s just Hollywood hype, and it’s not really the way it works.
A person can literally be hypnotized by simply listening to the soothing voice of another while allowing themselves to relax. The hypnotherapist might simply whisper suggestions of relaxation, and encourage the listener to fall into a deep, restful sleep.
Is It Harmful?
Stage hypnotists like to make people do silly things like quack like a duck, or dance in a goofy way. The truth is, however, that a hypnotized person remains fully conscious, and will only do the things they naturally feel comfortable with.
Unlike sleeping pills or self-medicating behaviors like consuming large amounts of alcohol, sleep hypnosis is safe, and there are no long-term side-effects. In fact, most people who use it as a sleep aid find themselves waking up feeling refreshed after a good night’s sleep.
Sleep hypnosis doesn’t require a special trip to a therapist, a huge amount of money, or a prescription. All a person really needs is their own bed, some comfortable pajamas, a pair of headphones, and a smartphone, tablet, or laptop.
Before settling in, experts suggest taking a warm bath or shower, which helps relax the body making it easier to go to sleep.
It’s also recommended that people suffering from insomnia reduce their caffeine intake early in the evening and sit quietly reading a book or some other quiet activity instead of watching TV or surfing the web.
YouTube offers a variety of sleep hypnosis videos that are quite effective, according to the myriad of comments viewers have left. Plus, they’re absolutely free and it’s easy try several different videos to see which works best.
Among the top-ranked is Michael Sealey. His hypnosis videos receive millions of views and many people find his techniques very helpful. For those that prefer a female voice, Alicia Fairclough is a good choice. She is also highly recommended, and people seem to find great value in her videos.
Going without sleep too long can have a negative impact on the way a person feels and thinks. Long-lasting insomnia can also lead to other major health issues. For people who have tried everything possible and are still having trouble getting the rest they need at night, sleep hypnosis might just be the answer.
The National Sleep Association reports that hypnosis can help increase deep-wave sleep by as much as 80%. They also claim that most people find that the quality and quantity of sleep they get every night improves after just a couple of sessions.
So, instead of tossing, turning, and fretting about not sleeping, it may be a good idea to give sleep hypnosis a try.