Hypnotherapy can help enormously with sleep problems, even if the problem has been going on for years. There are three key factors involved: the switch that turns consciousness on and off, the emotional state and the over-activity of mental functions like worrying.
Most people will have heard a Stage Hypnotist use the word “sleep” during their act, but this is misleading: those people are never asleep. In reality, trance and sleep are quite different states. In hypnosis, the conscious mind is still awake and functioning, whereas sleep is a state in which the conscious mind is not doing anything at all. It is resting.
The key to understanding how hypnotherapy can help lies in this simple fact: the conscious mind cannot switch itself off, it does not know how to do that. Normally it is the Subconscious that shuts down or starts up the conscious mind, but the regular pattern of when to do that can become disturbed. If this goes on for any length of time (more than a week) the Subconscious can become unsure of when to shut down the conscious mind, so rather than risk getting that wrong, it does nothing – or else handles the matter with such inconsistency that it causes serious problems.
Sleep deprivation has long been used as a method of torture, and that is because the conscious mind needs rest, otherwise it becomes over-stressed. Since the conscious mind knows it cannot solve the problem, insomnia causes fearful and obsessive reactions on a conscious level, which actually make the problem worse – as indeed insomniacs realise, they just don’t know how to stop doing that.
An important part of the hypnotherapy solution is to give the Subconscious a clear and detailed framework to establish a new sleep pattern that will suit the client, and also explain how to prevent obsessive conscious thinking (worrying) from getting in the way. Negative emotions can also be getting in the way: being 'worked up' about not sleeping. Hypnotherapy calms all that down.
Sometimes it may also be necessary to deal with the issue that caused sleeplessness in the first place, although in many cases that will have been resolved long ago anyway. The resolution of that issue does not automatically lead to a normal sleep cycle being resumed, but effective hypnotherapy does. In fact, the client’s Subconscious mind is glad to get some guidance on the matter – since the Subconscious mind never needs to sleep anyway, this is not really its area of expertise. Once the details are properly established though it can solve the problem easily, much to the relief of the poor old conscious mind. more about this
If you could do with a good night's sleep, call Chris now on 0161-474-8120 or text/call 07748 838 644 any time. You can leave the rest to me!
Consultant Hypnotherapist Chris Holmes is Director of Central Hypnotherapy Stockport and has been helping people from all over Stockport, Cheshire, Manchester and Tameside get a good night's sleep since August 2000.
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