by Zara Mohammed, Health Columnist
Published in Health on 23rd January, 2020
Have you noticed dark circles under your eyes? Have your work colleagues or loved ones noticed that you are short-tempered and not your usual self?
Maybe you are not getting the quality or quantity of sleep that you need! If you are worried about having a problem sleeping and if you have ever found yourself wondering - does sleep hypnosis work? Keep reading to find out more!
In this modern fast-paced world we get far less sleep that we actually need. The sleep we do get is often impaired and of poor quality.
Restless nights are caused by stress and anxiety. Late nights are the result of working overtime or wanting to make the most of time off work by partying too much. Getting enough good quality sleep is so important though.
Check out some of these benefits of sleeping well:
Sleep deprivation has become a way of life. In fact it is so common to not get enough sleep that many of us are not even aware that we are being affected by it!
Here are some common signs of sleep problems:
If any of these descriptions sounds like you, keep reading to find out how sleep hypnosis may be able to help you with your sleep problems.
Many of us are wary of taking medications to help improve the quality of our sleep. Perhaps we feel that it is not a natural solution. We might be worried that we will become dependent on taking something in order to sleep well, and that makes us feel uncomfortable. Maybe we hope that we will grow out of our sleep problem and that it could just be a phase.
If you have a persistent sleep issue that is having a pervasive negative effect on your life and health though, you might have been online looking for a solution, and you came across this curious thing called "Sleep Hypnosis".
Hypnosis has been around for well over a century. It is a well-known relaxation technique, although there is something mysterious about it that prevents some people from taking it seriously as an effective potential solution for them.
Hypnosis works on the subconscious mind to help you achieve your goals. For example, people may use Hypnotherapy to help them quit smoking, to help manage chronic pain, and even to overcome insomnia.
A Hypnosis session usually involves a hypnotherapist who guides the client, either in person or through a recording, using a series of verbal cues into an induced state of relaxation. In Sleep Hypnosis it is this trance like state that can be used to help you to drift off into a deep and restorative sleep.
The full Sleep Hypnosis process includes the following steps:
If after reading all of the above you find yourself feeling somewhat sceptical about the whole thing, try to keep in mind that there is extensive research that supports the positive effects of sleep hypnosis.
Understandably it can be difficult to believe that something like hypnosis, that sounds so simple yet makes no logical sense, can solve a problem that is seriously affecting you in a very real way in your life. But it is in fact this sort of resistant thinking that may unfortunately make it difficult for hypnosis to work for you.
The whole point of hypnosis is being able to tap into a person's subconscious mind, but if that person is not able to relax fully enough to open up their subconscious mind, then how can the hypnosis fulfil its function? It is important to remember that hypnosis isn't a magical cure, it is a tool, but you need to be willing to use the tool correctly, and also take some responsibility for the outcome.
If you want a black and white answer to the question - does sleep hypnosis really work? Then your answer is, it definitely can, and has worked, but it depends on the person.
It is said that Hypnotherapy may work better on some people than others, depending on how "suggestible" they are. Studies have suggested that about a quarter of people can't be hypnotised at all! So you would be forgiven for thinking that you're simply not gullible enough to be taken it by it all.
Keep reading if you still feel curious (or are a little bit desperate for a solutions to your sleep problems) but need a little bit more persuasion to open up your mind...
It is tempting to think of successful instances of sleep therapy working as placebo effects, where clients are fooled into, or genuinely want to believe that something has the power to help cure them, and so their believe or need for it to work, manifests in a way their desired result. However, the current research about the impact of hypnosis on sleep is overwhelmingly convincing.
A Hypnosis study in 2014 saw 80% increase in slow wave sleep amongst its sleepers, which is the kind of sleep that is deep and healing. Studies have also shown that children as young as the age of 7 and suffering from insomnia can look to hypnosis as an effective treatment.
Hypnosis is also an accepted form of medical treatment. In fact it may be paired for the most effective results alongside other forms of therapy such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), which is a talking therapy that helps you to manage your problems by questioning the ways in which you think, react and behave.
The great thing about using hypnosis over other sleep aids is that it is unlikely to have any adverse side effects. The studies suggest that hypnosis is a viable natural sleep solution that can help a person to attain a deep and nourishing sleep. However, it is important to also consider that not everybody is a candidate for hypnosis.
If you are sceptical and don't want to invest in a lot of money, or perhaps you feel uncomfortable about seeing a Hypnotherapist in person, then you can simply try it out in your own time, in the privacy and comfort of your own familiar environment, by purchasing or downloading a free sleep app or sleep therapy recording.
There is no risk, and no pressure. You don't even have to tell anybody about it. Just do it for you, and see if you get anything positive out of the experience. Don't give up on the first try either. It is often said that sleep hypnosis is something that becomes more effective the more you use it, a bit like meditation.
Sleep Hypnosis is really just about winding down your body and mind into a relaxed state that is prepped and ready to fall asleep. There are many alternative solutions and methods for you to achieve this state and process without having to try sleep hypnosis though.
Here are some ideas to get you thinking about what might work for you: