Relieving Insomnia With
How Insomnia Can Be Relieved By Hypnosis Difficulties
falling asleep or staying asleep can be related to stress, or
anxiety about events or situations in our lives. Our minds keep
dwelling on what is stressing us out and we cannot relax enough
to drift off to sleep. Another reason for not being able to
sleep may simply be bad sleep habits.
Habits like too much noise, too much sugar at bedtime or
habitual late night activities that keep us up until wee hours
of the morning. Then our bodies have become accustomed to
staying up late, and then when we try to go to bed earlier our
bodies are confused and unable to change sleep patterns.
Habits are learned and can be unlearned. Hypnosis is one way
to unlearn bad habits. Hypnosis is used to help "re-educate"
your mind regarding the enjoyment derived from getting a good
Hypnosis can also be used to instill good relaxation
techniques for slowing your mind and body down at the end of
the day, so that at bedtime your are in a much more relaxed
state of mind and can then more easily fall asleep. Those who
have a difficult time falling asleep often have a "racing
mind". Their mind is constantly thinking about worries, events
of the day, problems they need to solve.
This is a common sleep problem and is a bi-product of our
fast-paced modern lifestyle. There are two categories of sleep
problems; those who cannot fall asleep and those who wake up
early and then fail to be able to fall back to sleep.
Hypnosis can help with these two categories by addressing
the anxieties that keep us awake and other issues like teeth
grinding that wake us up earlier than we would normally wake
up. Understanding what makes us fall asleep is what hypnosis
and sleep is all about.
The moments before we nod off are described as being in an
hypnotic state. We are drowsy, and experience a warm,
comfortable, altered relaxed state. Hypnosis can help teach you
how to put yourself into this hypnotic state on demand.
Tips to getting yourself into this hypnotic
state: A warm bath can relax and warm your muscles
creating a relaxed and drowsy state of mind. Drinking warm milk
can also induce a sleepy state of mind. Avoid stimulants like
drinks with caffeine, foods that contain caffeine like
The bed can be a source of irritation (lumpy, smelly, too
hard or too soft surface).
Common Food Cures
Hypnosis is no longer considered just a form of entertainment
The art of the stage entertainer that puts his audience under a spell is still main stream entertainment, but in a sign of a ever growing trend of using it in treatment, people like the British hypnotist Paul McKenna who started as an entertainer have re-invented himself as a self help guru.
As published in the Western Medical Journal in October 2001, there is medical evidence that hypnosis can help with anxiety, insomnia, phobias and obesity. Not the absence of evidence that it can help cure smoking. The stop smoking programs help by working on the stress triggers and the eating triggers so can still be effective.
Making sure that you have a good mattress can be sleep
inducive. Make sure you have a physically active day so that
you are physically tired at the end of the day. Get up early in
the morning. Sleeping in can give you a delayed sence of when
the day is over. Avoid naps, brightly lit clocks, and using
your bed for other activities than for just sleeping.
Other techniques that make help you to induce the
"drowsy state": No TV or reading before bedtime
(too stimulating especially the news or science fiction and
Practice deep breathing exercises
Create a peaceful visual picture in your mind and actually
hear, see and feel your surrounding in the picture.
Physical ways to relax and induce sleep:
Stretching, toe wiggling, rubbing your stomach, yawning
Hypnotism can enhance a meditation
experience and can even help a person
achieve a deep state of meditation more
Tips for creating that sleep pattern:
Train your mind to think about relaxing events in your life
instead of allowing your mind to wonder over problems, or
the events of the day. Physical activity at the end of the
day that will tire you out, such as going for a walk,
aerobics, having sex. A bedtime routine that invites your
body to sleep that includes warm milk, warm bath, and slow