Sleep is so important. When we do not get enough sleep or enough good quality sleep or even too much sleep, it can begin to affect us in a whole number of ways from mood swings, weight gain, irritability, concentration difficulties and even affects the body’s immune system.
When you mix lack of sleep with a stressful job, relationship difficulties, it becomes a vicious circle - each of of these symptoms, can enhance the other.
In this article we are going to discuss how hypnosis can help you resolve sleep issues. You might like to use it as a guide before going ahead with hypnotherapy sessions for sleep.
The Guiding Principle of Self-Care
You do not have to follow the advice in this article, but if there is one thing to implement afterward it would be this: make yourself your biggest and most important project. In other words, look after and care for yourself. You may feel obligations to help and care for others, but when you are not performing at your best, you can easily pass on your own stress to the people around you without you being aware of it.
Ever been in a room with somebody, can you can just tell that they are in a bad mood.
When you are the best version of yourself, others will pick up on it unconsciously, and you'll pass these good vibes to others.
Make it your mission to enjoy your life the way you really want it to be, it should be fun and enjoyable, and sure there will be challenges on the way.
Why Can't I Sleep?
The causes of sleep deprivation and insomnia are wide ranging. They are almost always symptoms that something else is going on too.
Sometimes there can be medical reasons which we will not explore here, but are worth eliminating with your doctor before you start hypnosis sessions for sleep.
Obvious lifestyle choices can impact your sleep too, including: alcohol, smartphone use before bed, tv and movies.
There can be often stress and anxiety involved. Perhaps you’re going through a tough time, from difficulties at work, job interview stress, anxiety about an upcoming exam, public speaking and relationship difficulties.
Your brain has an amazing ability to learn, and to learn quickly. It can learn less than useful habits quickly, by the same token, we can train it to learn more useful habits, and hypnosis is a powerful way to do this.
In addition to hypnosis, there are a number of easy and natural techniques which will help you de-stress and feel better in just a few minutes, and make it easy to sleep. Our free mini e-book will guide you through them.
So what happens when you don’t get enough sleep? Sleep is incredibly important to our bodies and we must ensure we are getting enough good quality sleep. This video from Matthew Walker, professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley explains what happens in the body when we don’t get enough sleep.
How Does Hypnosis for Sleep Work?
What is hypnosis? Simply put, hypnosis uses our natural ability to focus and imagine. Similar to when we dream, or when we become engaged in an activity such as a film, reading a good book or even a game. In doing so, we allow our usual conscious filters to take a back seat, and we work with the part of your brain which is responsible for patterns of behaviour, both negative and positive.
Imagine a cat, and then ask someone else to imagine a cat. Then compare or even draw your cat. The other person's cat will not be the same as yours, not only due to drawing skills but because of your own conscious filters and representations of what a cat should look like.
It's why people can experience, exactly the same traumatic event, and yet react in completely different ways.
A tool for everyone:
Hypnosis can be experienced by everyone. As you research online you may see a lot of statistics, about "hypnotizability" - however these are mostly concerning laboratory studies using one specific technique. A one-to-one session works in a different way.
There is no specific feeling, but there are parallels with mindfulness and meditation, but we approach things from a different way. We are focused on an objective, and it's not necessary to relax or even close your eyes to experience hypnosis.
But what about those people who swing watches and do crazy stuff on TV and at stage shows? What does that have to do with hypnosis?
Most experiences with highly trained hypnotists on stage and on tv are very much real for the participant. However, it's a myth that a hypnotist is going to take total control, this is largely based on pop culture and 18th century mesmerism techniques.
It’s actually closer to the opposite - a hypnotist will help you gain more control over your own mind - which can only be a good thing.
How Does Hypnosis Work?
As we have shown, hypnosis is part of our natural ability we have as humans to focus and imagine, even if it’s for a short space of time, so everyone has the ability to experience it. The key is to work with a practitioner who you feel comfortable with.
It's a natural and highly effective tool, that when used effectively can help you feel immensely better make it easy to take on new habits, using the brain's natural ability to learn.
Hypnosis for Sleeping Habits
One major benefit is that you will often automatically notice a profound sense of relaxation when doing hypnosis, which further aids you to get into the right state for a deep peaceful sleep.
Will I fall asleep during the session?
Contrary to popular belief, you are not asleep during a hypnosis session. You are very much involved throughout and will recall as much as you would from an ordinary conversation.
Conscious and unconscious parts of the mind
An easy way to look at the mind is to understand that we have two parts the mind. One part is essentially consciously focused on the here and now and the task at hand.
The other part is in the background, working below conscious awareness.
As you read these words, you were probably not aware of the feeling of your feet on the floor until I mention it, nor the way that you are breathing, nor the position of your tongue in your mouth and even how often your eyes are blinking....until now. These things are in your conscious awareness.
Poor sleeping habits on autopilot
We cannot possibly be aware of everything that is happening at once, some tasks have to be set on autopilot, including many habits which include feelings of anxiety, fear and alertness which can either activate suddenly or gradually build in intensity.
Your current sleeping habit is something that your brain automatically and unconsciously has learnt to do, using hypnosis we can change that programming so that it works in a more useful way.
How to Improve Your Sleep with Hypnosis
Here you’ll b e guided through the process and have the opportunity to work one-to-one with a hypnotist or clinical hypnotherapist.
At Boost Hypnosis these sessions are personalised to your specific needs, and over the course of a couple of sessions, we work together to get to the real root of the issue.
With today’s video conferencing tools available such as Zoom, we are able to conduct full hypnosis sessions online which offers you the added convenience of experiencing it in the environment where you will go to sleep, rather than in an office or clinical setting.
You also get to structure it around your day without needing to travel across a city or country to experience it. Interested in a private session? Book a free consultation online.
Oliver M. James
Sessions for Sleep
Have you had enough of tossing and turning, trying to get to sleep?
We work together to naturally reprogramme your mind to be able to sleep easily, without lots of appointments and without needing to to travel.
Video or Audio Hypnosis Downloads
There are different ways of experiencing hypnosis. You may prefer to experience it yourself first to get a feel for it - but it by no means representative of all hypnotic experiences.
You can do this via an audio download which you can listen to on any device. We have one available here for you which is designed to help you fall asleep easily, each time that you listen to it.
For some people this is all that is needed and you can enjoy long lasting change. Audio downloads tend to work well when listened to frequently. They are a low budget way of experiencing it.
Relax and get a good night's sleep.