I’ve been getting emails from visitors asking: Can hypnosis help me get a better night’s sleep? Now, if you’re one of the many clients who have been to my office for a custom, personalized hypnosis session, you should know the answer to this question, which is a resounding YES!
Hypnosis and Sleep
One of the most important requirements of living is an activity in which we spend our time recovering from our daily lives. We need to recover from both physical and mental exertion so we can be at our best the next day. How do we do that? Sleep, sleep, sleep. That deep, restful sleep which we all yearn for and need is extremely important to our life. When we have interference to our sleep, it can and will negatively affect many aspects of our life. While I’ve personally experienced problems sleeping in the past, I never realized it was so pervasive in the Fresno community until I noticed that many of my clients complained of poor sleep. This was especially true for those with anxiety issues!
The most common sleep disorder is insomnia. Insomnia can last for months and wear a person down mentally and physically. It’s characterized by difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Poor sleep can cause problems with our cognitive functions, including difficulties with our focus, concentration, and memory. It can also cause mood disorders such as irritability and sadness, which can lead to depression. Shift workers are at a higher risk for insomnia due to the circadian rhythm disruption they experience when working late-night hours, and sleeping primarily during the day. For shift workers, I suggest they use solar blocking curtains in your room and/or wear a sleep mask to block out light. The darker the room, the more we simulate actual ‘night time,’ and the better you will sleep. In fact, that goes for everybody. Light pollution entering our bedrooms at night prevents us from achieving our deepest states of recovery during sleep.
Most insomnia sufferers are actually the folks with a lot of stress or anxiety problems. These people suffer from racing thoughts due to stress and worry, which prevent them from falling asleep easy. Then, when they wake up in the middle of the sleep cycle, their thoughts once gain refocus on those worrying issues once more, again preventing them from returning to sleep quickly, if at all. They lie in bed frustrated with their problem. And the more frustrated insomniacs become, the more difficult it is to sleep! It’s a vicious cycle which can be catastrophic for their health and well-being. For these anxious people, insomnia is a symptom of their anxiety problem. However, insomnia can also be caused by depression, alcohol, caffeine, and other medications.
Hypnotherapy can be extremely effective for sleeping problems. In fact, the vast majority of my clients tell me after just one session that they are sleeping much better. This holds true even when they did not come to me for a sleep problem. Whether they came to me for anxiety problems, addiction issues, confidence and self-esteem, or something else entirely, nearly all of them experience this trickle-down effect from their hypnotherapy session. Hypnosis enables them to sleep easily and deeply. Mind training through hypnosis helps us work things out mentally, defragment our thoughts effectively, and take better care of ourselves.
So the next time you hear a friend, family member, or coworker complaining about their lack of quality sleep, ask them if they’ve ever tried hypnosis!
Have a great day and keep doing the work! Progress, progress, progress!
– Mr. Banks