Insomnia and Hypnosis for Sleep

Insomnia, or the inability to sleep for normal periods of time to attain proper rest, is the most common sleep disorder on the planet, and is closely linked with other negative conditions like depression, sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome.

Sleep experts estimate about 30 percent of the general population suffers from at least one severe bout of insomnia each and every year.

Symptoms of insomnia can include:

  • difficulty falling asleep
  • difficulty sustaining sleep
  • awakening unusually early
  • feelings of exhaustion and fatigue
  • grogginess
  • irritability
  • a general feeling of being ill or unwell
  • difficulty concentrating
  • anxiety, melancholy

Insomnia can be caused by other medical problems, or it can be a standalone problem. No matter what type of insomnia you have, it is frustrating, annoying, upsetting and detrimental to your quality of life.

Many individuals struggle to find natural, safe and effective remedies for insomnia, such as  herbal supplements. The issue with herbal supplements is many of them are unproven, and most have not been tested under rigorous scientific conditions, so their efficacy is sometimes questionable. Also, if you are regularly consuming one or more medicines already, you might not be able to mix them safely with herbal supplements.

Hypnosis is one of the ways how you can improve your quality of sleep. Hypnosis for sleep has been practiced for thousands of years in various forms; in fact, the Greek word “hypnos” actually means “to sleep.” Hypnotherapy for sleep is natural, completely non-medicinal, 100 percent safe and incredibly effective. Also, hypnosis for insomnia prevention will not interfere with any other medical treatments you might be receiving at the time.

Some individuals are fearful that hypnosis might allow a hypnotist to control the person under treatment. While hypnosis involves a trance-like state of consciousness during which the individual is highly susceptible to suggestion, this is not the same as someone having control over you. Your hypnotherapist cannot control your actions,  nor can he or she force you to do things you do not want to do. According to Pennsylvania State University in the USA, “Studies have shown us that good hypnotic subjects are active problem solvers. While it’s true that the subconscious mind is more open to suggestion during hypnosis, that doesn’t mean that the subject’s free will or moral judgment is turned off.” Therefore you have nothing to fear from hypnosis for sleep, and plenty to gain.
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How Does Sleep Hypnosis Work?

Hypnosis is recognised by the British Medical Association as an effective treatment for many conditions, including insomnia. Whether you can receive hypnotherapy on the NHS depends on your local Primary Care Trust. The fact that both the British Medical Association and the NHS view hypnosis for sleep as effective is a ringing endorsement for this therapeutic technique.

Hypnosis for sleep works in various ways, including by:

  • Promoting relaxation and feelings of general well being
  • Reducing anxiety levels, which in turn lowers the adrenalin levels that tend to keep you awake
  • Clearing and calming the mind, so you can focus your thoughts and rest your brain

What to Expect During Hypnotherapy for Sleep

Your hypnotherapist will place you into a comforting setting, like a plush easy chair located in a private room, so you will feel as physically comfortable as possible during your session. They will provide you with an overview of what will happen, so you will feel at ease throughout your session, and there will be no surprises. During first session, they will have a conversation with you about your life and your insomnia to identify the cause of your sleepless nights. Very often insomnia is a symptom of much deeper problem like depression, anxiety or stress.

Your hypnotherapist might engage in guided visualisation, during which they will help you find and explore soothing imagery that calms you. They might give you self-hypnosis techniques to practice, such as breath control combined with visualisation. Or the therapist might guide you into a hypnotic state, during which they will try to alleviate your anxiety by discovering and discussing the sources of anxiety that typically impede your sleep. They might incorporate other related therapeutic techniques into your sleep therapy session as well. Your hypnotherapist will design an individual treatment plan specifically for you and your situation.

How Many Hypnosis Sessions Do I Need to Fix My Insomnia and Sleep Problems?

You might only need two to four hypnosis sessions to eradicate your insomnia entirely. Other individuals might require additional sessions to improve their sleep, which can sometimes happen if other medical conditions are at play, or if the person suffers from an extreme level of adrenalin-producing anxiety.

Of course, it is always your choice as to how many hypnotherapy sessions you will do to address your insomnia. A quality hypnotherapist will not want to force you to do more sessions than you would like, although they will certainly recommend additional session if they feel they are warranted.

How Can I Know my Hypnotherapist is Trustworthy?

The best way to ensure you find a quality hypnosis practitioner is to focus your search on certified hypnotherapists only. National Council for Hypnotherapy (NCH) maintains an online registry of certified hypnotherapists. In the UK, there are hundreds of certified, trained and credentialed hypnosis practitioners to select from, so you are destined to find a quality practitioner near you.

Each hypnotherapist certified and verified by the NHC must abide by the organisation’s professional code of ethics and conduct. This means the certified hypnotherapists within NCH’s database possess valid training from accredited institutions; safeguard your privacy and your confidentiality; and prioritise your physical and mental safety.

You can also request a preliminary telephone discussion or short pre-hypnosis meeting to gauge your level of rapport with your chosen hypnotherapist before engaging in any actual hypnosis sessions.

Hypnosis for sleep is a viable option for everyone, regardless of age, gender or level of insomnia; it is safe, natural, effective and proven.

To find you how can hypnosis help your sleeping problem you can always book a free consultation with me.