Hypnotherapy and Insomnia/Sleep Problems
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. Hypnotic 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.
"Hypnotherapy is unregulated, mysterious and best known for making people cluck like chickens. But business is booming. I'm being rocked back and forth gently by a man telling me to stand up straight and stare at a black dot. "Do you see any movement?" asks Dr Bruce Alexander, a hypnotherapist I'm hoping will help rid me of my insomnia...."
Rose is juggling a number of pressures with her part-time work, two children, and her partner is working longer hours to try and meet their mortgage payments and isn't as involved in the day to day around the house. The financial stresses, and just figuring out how to be in several places at once means she is constantly planning, scheduling and predicting what she will need to do in her mind. To try and relax at night she watches TV and scans social media on her phone in bed. She has been getting more and more tired, her patience is wearing thin and knows she needs to find a way to get more sleep at night but can see an end to the cycle she is in.
Melbourne Clinical Hypnotherapy Program - Sleep Hypnosis
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.
Hypnotic suggestions during clinical hypnotherapy can help a person switch off their active state of mind. Hypnotic 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.
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