The Hidden Secrets To Better Sleep And Using Hypnosis To Banish Insomnia
Perhaps you’re someone whose mind is always busy. Do you think about the events of your day as you wind down for the evening? Do you worry about your family, your job, your finances, and what tomorrow will bring? do you worry about how you can sleep at night due to problems or illness?
I have always been fascinated by the word “Sleep” not only because I am a Hypnotist but of the power it represents. Sleep is necessary to restore and nourish the body or we die. It is a word that conjures many different images for different people. In my day job I help 100’s of people with problems associated with “Sleep” but on a Cruise Ship the story is very different and I use the word “Sleep” to place 20 volunteers of a stage show into a deep trance before the fun begins.
One thing that has always repeated itself though during my career is the varying degrees of understanding of what it takes to get a good night’s sleep. It seems to me that we are not trained in the practice of getting a good night’s sleep nor do we really know how to achieve it. Many that walk through my office door haven’t slept properly in years. Making it now worse is most people today leave their cell phone by their bed; offering an irresistible urge to scroll just one more time through a Facebook timeline or one last YouTube video.
So what is sleep and how can I help? what if you have difficulty getting to sleep? What are the side effects and consequences of not sleeping? And finally how can you learn to improve your sleep and remove the dreaded insomnia?
Prescription medication is often used to help with Insomnia but it does not work for curing insomnia or irregular sleep behavior and actually can impact on your health and your pocketbook. Stress and Anxiety cannot be fixed by a pill since all those thoughts are swirling inside the subconscious mind whether you choose them or not.
There are many causes of insomnia, with hormonal imbalance and stress being two of them which leads to the anxiety and fear of “What if I cannot sleep tonight” It is interesting that when you most need some sleep you actually seem to get the least. When you concentrate too hard on sleeping the sleep doesn’t happen. Ive learned this as a practicing hypnotherapist that those that try super hard to get hypnotized just don’t achieve it. What on earth happens then? Well trying too hard creates a fail in my mind. If you try something you usually fail at it. The worry and anxiety of not sleeping is the cause of the not sleeping. If the mind believes you won’t sleep tonight it will follow through and actualize this thought. Changing your way of thinking is critical.
Some people say they are going to sleep on decisions or issues that need resolving. If you go to bed with the intention of solving a hard problem, then your subconscious will work differently by trying to keep you awake to solve it. You actually have the best chance of solving problems or making decisions by not worrying about them before bed. At the same time, it’s vital that you don’t worry about how much sleep you will or won’t get. The mind must be set up into the frame and habit of sleeping. You must program your mind to know and understand what the trigger is for allowing you to sleep.
There are many techniques designed to help people relax and sleep better. You can purchase hypnosis audio programs that use a form of guided sleep meditation to help you drift off into a deep and restorative sleep. I suggest listening to such a hypnosis audio recording for at least 30 nights ensuring that you don’t skip one. Just before you go to bed place some headphones on and lay peacefully in bed and then listen to the audio. It will teach you how to declutter your mind and remove any thoughts or anxiety stopping you from sleeping properly. The habit of sleep will also become natural to your mind the more you repeat the process.
The technique I use and like the most though is to teach my clients how to visualize and imagine a particular scene before going to sleep. They then relive the scene or play the movie we create together in their mind before going to bed. I use a beautiful snow capped mountain scene in the Swiss alps; here is an exert from a recent session
“As you continue to relax and melt into a sense of deep sleep I want you to see a chalet Inn halfway up the snow capped beautiful Swiss Alp mountain side. You make your way to the chalet and arrive tired and weary and you are greeted by the smiling inn keeper. The air is fresh and his pleasant smile greets you in the doorway; he leads you to your second floor room that is wood panel lined and you see a raging fireplace lit and keeping everything cosy and warm. As you enter your room you see french doors that lead out onto a balcony overlooking a crystal clear blue lake. As you breathe in the scented mountain air you think of sleep; you feel so comfortable and relaxed that very soon you will lay on the perfectly prepared bed with the old fashioned comforter that awaits you……”
Most people who suffer from insomnia also exhibit anxiety as a result of their lack of rest. Their mood and performance in day to day life is deeply affected by this problem. Insomnia is relatively widely known in society but played down and somewhat made to be trivial. Imagine if you own a company and less than half of your employees are getting a good nights sleep, the inherent problems of attitude and behavior and even output must surely all suffer to a degree.
Insomnia can affect what’s known as cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that is affected when sleep is inadequate. Balanced cortisol levels are highly essential to having proper sleep, and thus keeping anxiety at a minimum. When a client comes into my office for a session to cure and remove insomnia it is usually a clear to me that they have anxiety. The hypnosis session therefore tackles anxiety and then teaches sleeping visualization techniques through trance.
For more on what actually happens to the mind during the hypnotic process check out my website or please just contact me.
The subject of sleep is a very important one; only you know whether you get enough quality sleep or not. A lack of sleep can damage your performance or thinking; it can be dangerous if you fall asleep behind a wheel or at work and it can harm your health.
Make sleep and the art of sleeping properly a top priority for you and you will find your life improving in more ways you could have imagined
Originally published at www.huffingtonpost.com on July 27, 2016.