Hypnotherapy and Sleep Disorders
Hypnotherapy can be very useful in reducing or curing insomnia, however not all forms of insomnia are amenable to hypnotic treatment. Insomnia caused by biological dysfunction, disease or drug effects may not respond well to hypnotherapy. However, if stress and anxiety are the main contributors to your insomnia, then hypnosis, combined with good sleep hygiene, may well provide an effective solution.
The active ‘day time’ state of mind often involves thinking to the future and creating imagery around logistical issues which frequently are linked to fear or worry about future events that create obstacles to relaxation and sleep. Sleepless nights can result in days of tiredness at work and lead to anxiety about ensuring they get enough rest. This fear often leads to clock watching and anxiety about the time remaining left for sleep. In severe cases of insomnia, the bedroom becomes associated with the torturous experience of insomnia and even the thought of going to bed creates so much anxiety that a night of little sleep almost becomes the inevitable outcome.
Hypnotic suggestions during clinical hypnotherapy can help a person switch off the active state of mind. Hypnotherapy sessions can be used to block or reject negative patterns of worrying or logistical planning while in bed. Combining this with routine sleep hygiene techniques is an effective form of stress induced insomnia treatment. When you contact us our team at Lincoln Counselling will take you through an assessment which will shed some light on your current situation. From there we can begin the working process of hypnotherapy.
Self-hypnosis recordings can tend to induce a very relaxed state of consciousness. This relaxed state can often lead straight into the deeper sleep states. Self-hypnosis recordings can often be an aid in breaking the insomnia patterns, but typically are not sufficient on their own. It is usually much more effective if these tools are used in a comprehensive strategy incorporating sleep hygiene and clinical hypnotherapy sessions to help reduce habitual nocturnal patterns of worrying and/or logistical planning while in bed.
We believe as a hypnotherapy provider that it is always best to give people the tools so they can succeed in their life on a day to day basis. Lincoln Counselling offers you some suggestions to help you at home.
SELF HYPNOSIS FOR SLEEP:
PRINCIPLES AND PREPARATION
Remember the goal. When using self hypnosis or hypnotherapy for sleep, keep in mind that your goal is to fall into a deep sound sleep as quickly as possible. Don't be compelled to finish the exercise.
Falling asleep at the beginning, or any time during the process, is the goal. Trying to finish the steps of the process defeats the purpose. Falling asleep is how you end your session – hopefully sooner rather than later.
If you have mental or emotional anxiety, BEFORE you go to bed, use the two handed stress cure and get it out of your system so you can have good night’s rest. I also recommend you get this downloadable audio to condition your mind for sleeping better overall.
If you just have a lot on your mind write out a to-do list or, if it is more emotional “stuff’ you are carrying around, journal before you get into bed.
Turn off the TV at least half hour before bed. If possible, give yourself an hour of relaxing calm and quiet before bed.
Induce and deepen before applying the hypnosis technique . Remember the deeper you are the easier it will be to fall asleep.
An easy technique that often works on its own is to simply follow your breath and repeat a relaxing mantra to yourself, in rhythm with your breath. It keeps the mind occupied but not TOO busy making it easier to fall asleep. The best mantra for sleep I have found is SO-HUM. "Sooooo" on the inhale and "Hummmm" on the exhale. Most of my students who have tried it say they typically don't need anything else.
Use sleep hypnosis technique, as needed, when you first go to bed OR during the night. You can use the self hypnosis for sleep technique in the middle of the night if you have difficulty staying asleep, or going back to sleep after waking up.
Remember, regardless of the time, induce and deepen first. That may be all you need to fall into a deep refreshing, relaxing healthy sleep.
INDUCTION AND DEEPENING:
For self hypnosis for sleep, you can use any induction method you prefer as long as it gets you into a nice deep state. Deepen using progressive relaxation, while affirming to yourself that you are going deeper and deeper, getting closer and closer, to natural, healthy sleep.
Its as easy as that. If you of course would like a Hypnotherapy appointment please just click on the 'contact us' link above.