Hypnosis for Sleep
Sleep is restorative and necessary for day-to-day functioning. If you are experiencing problems with sleep, it is likely that everything else in your life will become more difficult and taxing as you will feel you do not have the necessary energy to cope. The word hypnosis actually comes from the Greek word ‘sleep’ (hypnos),
You may not be able to fall asleep easily or you may fall asleep easily but wake up again in the middle of the night. You may sleep for 7 hours but feel that you have not had any rest. Sleeping disorders can be complex.
All these things can affect your sleep:
- Your bedding may be making you feel too hot or too cold.
- Using your screen or phone just before you go to sleep. Recent research has found that looking at the blue light from hand held devices like phones and screens will negatively affect a person’s sleep.
- Noisy neighbours who come in late and wake you up.
- Your bed may be uneven and uncomfortable.
- Eating your evening meal too late.
- Forgetting to eat in the evening and being awoken by hunger.
- Stimulants such as cigarettes, alcohol, tea, coffee and dark chocolate.
- Illness and pain.
- Not having enough exercise.
- Not having enough exposure to daylight.
- Your children wake you up.
- Your partner has a different sleeping pattern to your own.
- Your partner talks or snores in sleep.
If you have eliminated the above, the following reasons may be why you are not sleeping and if this is the case, hypnotherapy can most certainly help you to sleep better.
- You do not feel safe.
- You are depressed.
- You do not have a routine.
- You are experiencing stress or anxiety.
- You are experiencing emotional problems.
- You are worrying about perceived difficulties (at work/in your relationships/with your family).
Night Terrors and Nightmares
Some people experience terrible dreams to the extent that they become apprehensive about going to sleep. They know that they can suddenly awaken screaming or fighting the thing they have been dreaming of. They make awaken sweating or crying with a sense of confusion. Some people will be able to remember the dream the next day and others will have no memory of it. Frequently people who experience night terrors will feel fatigued the next day as the sleep they experience is not restful.
Hypnotherapy is an excellent treatment for identifying the root causes of your night terrors or recurring nightmares. By examining your thought processes and your lifestyle and by developing effective metaphors, visualizations and self-hypnosis techniques, Hypnosis can encourage your mind and body to work together to enable restorative sleep and much calmer dreaming.
‘Sleep Hygiene’ is the term used by professionals to describe the preparation prior to going to sleep. You may find it helpful to visit