Hypnosis for a Good Night’s Sleep
You can learn how to hypnotize yourself to get a better night’s rest. A good hypnotist either will make a tape for you to relax with or will help you go through the steps of self-hypnosis that you can practice every night before you get to sleep. This is a good option if the hypnotherapist can’t find an underlying reason why you aren’t sleeping and if an ordinary self-hypnotic technique will work to bring you closer to the sleep state each night.
Self-hypnosis works in several different ways. You can simply close your eyes and imagine yourself descending a staircase going deeper and deeper into your subconscious. When you reach the bottom “step,” you will be completely relaxed and will be focused on your breathing. The hypnotist will teach you things you will say aloud or silently to yourself such as “I am entering a state of deep sleep, completely calm and restful.”
This is a lot like meditation but involves more verbal interplay between you and your subconscious whereas meditation focuses on breathing and visualization. Either technique will calm your mind or, if you are lucky, you will fall asleep before even deciding to come out of the hypnosis. If you fall asleep during self-hypnosis, this is not a problem. You will just drift off and will wake up refreshed naturally.
Using Hypnosis For Insomnia
Insomnia can be managed in several different ways. You can go to your doctor and ask for sleeping pills; however, if the doctor agrees to give you the pills, it will likely be for a very short time and on a limited basis. Medications for insomnia are highly addictive so taking these drugs for too long is never a good idea and competent doctors will use them in treatment for a limited time only.
Getting At The Subconscious
One alternative for managing insomnia that doesn’t involve addictive drugs is hypnosis. There are many hypnotherapists using different techniques that can help you to sleep at night, sometimes after just one session. The hypnotherapist will try to determine why you have insomnia. Could it be from chronic pain, poor sleep habits, or other disorders of sleep, such as restless legs syndrome?
Once the hypnotherapist pinpoints the reasons for sleep issues, he or she can develop a hypnosis plan that can get you back on a track of healthy sleep.
The hypnotherapist will try to find out what is going on in your subconscious that is interfering with getting a good night’s sleep. Through hypnotizing you, something you hadn’t thought of before might come to the surface so that you can get it out in the open and work on it. This can help you deal better with your problems so that sleep comes easier.
Hypnosis for Anxiety or Stress Aids Sleep
If you don’t fall asleep during the self-hypnosis practice, you can bring yourself out of the self-hypnotic trance with the post-hypnotic suggestion that you will fall asleep soon. Then prepare for sleep, as you would normally do. Whatever post-hypnotic suggestion you gave yourself in order to sleep will work to allow you to go to sleep, even after you have come out of your hypnotic state.
Hypnosis is especially effective for those who have sleep problems due to anxiety or stress. Hypnosis can de-stress your thoughts so that your mind is free of anxiety-producing thoughts and feelings. You may need more than one session of hypnosis in order to master the practice of hypnotizing yourself so that it becomes a part of a bedtime ritual routine.
When your sleep patterns become more normal, it is possible that you won’t need the self-hypnosis technique and can simply drift off to sleep without the aid of hypnosis.
There are also audio hypnosis CDs available for insomnia that can be played as part of a nightly sleep preparation ritual.
Using Hypnosis for Stress
Stress can evidence through insomnia, indigestion, hypertension, anxiety, headaches, depression, ulcers, chest ache, drug addiction or alcohol addiction. There are drugs that could relieve these troubles but those are just impermanent.
One may be relieved in a short-term but in the long-term, he/she may be addicted to the drugs or the drug may not even work. Also, these drugs can take a vast part of your budget which can add up to one's fiscal issue. Drugs are just blocking out what you feel but don't take away or solve the root cause of the trouble.
Self-hypnosis is an inexpensive way to alleviate stress. Self-hypnosis doesn't need a great sum of money in order to practice. The moment you've learned how to use it, it's enough!
Self-Hypnosis for Treatment of Tension
Self-Hypnosis has over the years been one form of treatment that is being sought after by many. The popularity of this style of treatment for stress is due to the fact that there is no added medication that needs to be taken to see results. This form of therapy only requires the mind to be willing to be open and receptive.
People under stress have learned to use hypnotherapy effectively to manage their feelings, outbursts, breathing, and quality of work, just to name a few. Through hypnotherapy people learn to focus their mind on the suggestibility of positive elements by following a preset exercise pattern that helps to adapt the individual to the existing stressful situation, resolving existing anxieties, and creating new ways of looking at or facing the problems.
Improve Your Quality of Sleep
Hypnotherapy has had significant results in reducing the stress levels and improving the quality of sleep of an individual who practices this form of therapy regularly. The general testimonies of feeling stronger and more in control of not only the situation but also in the reaction and responses of those who practice hypnotherapy as a viable alternative are many.
Because a person’s ability to focus and generally be productive is impaired by the stress experienced it can result in insomnia, self-hypnosis can help to clear the mind and center the focus better to ensure better concentration and thus better quality of anything. The feeling of exhaustion is combated by the preexisting tranquil and relaxed hypnotherapy elements that are already embedded in the subconscious.
Stress, Anxiety and Insomnia
Stress is a significant contributing factor to the development of insomnia. People suffering from stress and anxiety related to work, relationships, health, finances or other pressing issues find themselves unable to stop mulling over their concerns enough to find a restful sleep.
Their racing thoughts or negative ruminations keep them up or wake them when they would normally be sleeping and their sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the fight or flight response, is constantly active.
Turning on the Relaxation Response
People with insomnia desperately need to relax in order to sleep. They need to turn their fight or flight response off and turn on their relaxation response by stimulating the parasympathetic nervous system; it sends the signals, which place the body in a calm and relaxed state.
A variety of non-prescription behaviors serve to help people relax enough to sleep:
Meditation to Help Your Sleep
Studies have shown meditation provides an effective tool to alleviate insomnia. Mindful meditation seems to be particularly effective. It works by allowing meditators to focus on one thing to the exclusion of other thoughts or stimuli; they learn to let their sources of anxiety exist without actively engaging them.
Apparently, this practice carries over into daily life as well. A 2012 study conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University, showed the way meditators respond to negative stimuli is less reactive than the response of non-meditators. In other words, their first response to negative stimuli did not default to fight or flight.
During mindful meditation, a person chooses a focal point for their attention. It can be simply observing or counting their breaths. They may choose to gaze upon an object, a statue, painting, or photograph, with their full attention. Some people choose to repeat a sound, a word, or a phrase either mentally or aloud.
A period of mindful meditation may last from five to 10 minutes or more. According to studies and Transcendental Meditation literature, the optimum period of time to meditate is approximately 20 minutes. The effectiveness of meditation increases with frequency, so meditating twice a day, upon waking and prior to retiring for bed, is also recommended.
Mindful meditation alleviates many of the causes of insomnia:
Treating insomnia with mindful meditation serves as a sustainable and beneficial way to support good sleep hygiene. It is portable, without side effects and may be applied as complementary treatment in addition to traditional medications if they are needed. Mindful meditation may be learned in many ways: from a teacher, from books and audio recordings or from videos widely available on the internet.