Hypnotherapy And Insomnia

Hypnotherapy for insomniaHow Hypnotherapy can cure insomnia

We all have difficulty getting off to sleep at some point in our life. Most people can recall a time when they were lying in bed, wide awake and staring at the clock watching the hours tick by. Frustrating as it is, one restless night can lead to another and if left unchecked, can easily develop into insomnia – a chronic condition that can affect overall health and well-being. Recognising you suffer with insomnia is the first step to overcoming it; the second step could be hypnotherapy.

Chronic insomnia tackled by hypnotherapy

A night’s sleep can be divided into three parts: Deep sleep, rapid eye movement (REM) and short periods of waking. Deep sleep and REM each have 4-5 periods that alternate throughout the night. In between these stages, and every couple of hours, we wake for 1-2 minutes but these are too short a period to be remembered. What counts as a normal night’s sleep depends on the individual and therefore insomnia is assessed on this. Some people only require four hours where others need six to eight. As we get older we generally need less sleep.

One in ten people are said to suffer with chronic insomnia. Insomnia disrupts our natural ability to fall asleep through habitual behaviour or as a reaction to physical or emotional problems. The most common causes of insomnia are stress, anxiety or depression. Pain from a physical condition can also prevent us from getting off to sleep or awaken us in the middle of the night. Excess alcohol or caffeine is another contributory factor to insomnia along with noise in our environment. Lack of sleep weakens our immune system exposing us to the risk of infections. Insomnia can also affect concentration the next day, make us irritable or irrational and potentially damage personal relationships.

The effects of hypnotherapy on your insomnia

There are numerous pills on the market that can help with sleeping disorders, but hypnotherapy tackles the root causes of insomnia and offers a natural cure. Hypnotherapy breaks insomnia down to two categories: inability to fall asleep and waking up during the night followed by an inability to fall asleep again. Hypnotherapy initially teaches the client self-hypnosis. The state of mind we achieve just before falling asleep is a hypnotic one and we enter into a deep relaxation. By learning self-hypnosis, we can invoke that hypnotic state and fall asleep naturally.

The second stage is regression hypnotherapy. As the causes of insomnia can be deep within our subconscious mind, the hypnotherapist can use techniques to unlock a hidden memory or event that may be causing the insomnia. Once the event is remembered, it can be understood and corrected so not to be an issue anymore. Finally, suggestion hypnotherapy places you into a state of relaxation and ‘suggestions’ are placed into the mind to help break bad sleeping habits.

The effects of hypnotherapy on your insomnia can become apparent after the first session. As you learn and master the self-hypnosis techniques, you’ll begin to calm your thoughts and control your sleep patterns. This will not only help at night, but in your general day-to-day routine enabling you to relax and take time out from your busy life.

Article Submitted By
Daniel Alexander, GoToSee Journalist

Date Published
23/04/08

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