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Treating insomnia with hypnotherapy

08:00pm, 05/02/14

Sleeping personLetís start with the obvious: people who donít get enough sleep tend to become irritable and are more likely to struggle through their routines for the day. People who get enough sleep (at least an average of 6-7 hours a day) are more likely to start the day with a spring in their step. And we all know what a little positive thinking can do for us, right? If you get a sufficient amount of sleep, chances are that youíll be productive and have a healthier relationship with your friends and family.

Now there are two types of insomnia. The first one is where a person takes longer than usual to drop off to sleep. Then thereís the type where a person has no problems dropping off but somehow canít sustain the sleeping state, finding himself or herself waking up in the wee hours of the morning and unable to get back to sleep without some considerable amount of hair-pulling (figuratively, of course).

You can imagine the struggles insomniacs go through day in and day out (no pun intended). While pills, homeopathic treatments, soothing music, etc. can help alleviate the problem, there are severe cases of insomnia that canít be cured by usual remedies. If youíve tried the convenient cures without success, perhaps itís time to consider undergoing hypnotherapy. As we’ve also mentioned on this blog before, hypnotherapy can also used as a supplement to other physical treatments to help people sleep better.

If you are a bit skeptical as to the idea of hypnotherapy as a valid form of treatment concerning sleep disorders, it should be noted that the mind consists of two parts: the conscious and the unconscious. The conscious part of the mind is just the tip of the iceberg, whereas the unconscious is vast, complicated and difficult to control. Do you ever wonder why there are people who act a certain way even if theyíre cognizant of the unpleasant consequences? Thatís because their behaviour and attitudes are influenced by unconscious motivations. And it takes more than a little urging to make them change their ways. Sometimes, whatís needed is to tap into that personís unconscious by using the power of suggestion.

People in a trance are in a heightened form of relaxation, which makes their unconscious minds more open to suggestions. With the proper protocols, the effectiveness of hypnotherapy treatment for insomnia can be obtained in two to three sessions. Many former patients who have undergone hypnotherapy say that the treatment worked wonders for them with the very first session.

However, some cases of insomnia are too severe to be treated by hypnotherapy alone. Itís not always easy to determine why this is the case but one can easily point to the fact that the unconscious mind is extremely complex and it may need a while to get familiar with a patient’s patterns.

Itís been observed that cases that can be treated by hypnotherapy are those whose causes are linked to traumatic experiences in a personís past. One of the most common causes is the death of a spouse. Grief and depression can put the brain into such disarray that it becomes difficult for the brain waves to form the prerequisite conditions conducive to sleep. When we undergo a state of heightened relaxation, the brain becomes more geared towards memories that are more pleasant. Thatís not to say that hypnotherapy helps you get rid of bad memories. What hypnotherapy does is put your mind in a state that is more conducive to happiness. When youíre happy, your mind becomes more at ease. And when your mind is at ease, sleep comes easier.

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Disclaimer: with all hypnotherapy, results and the number of sessions required may vary from individual to individual.

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