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 switched off and resting.
The key to understanding how hypnotherapy can help lies in this simple fact: the conscious mind cannot switch itself off, and it does not know how to make that happen. 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 (a week or more) 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 and exhausted. 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 (over-analysing) from getting in the way. Negative emotions can also be a problem: getting '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 why not call Chris now on 0161 474 8120 (office hours) or call/text any time, any day on 07748 838 644 to find out more. Don't suffer!
Consultant Hypnotherapist Chris Holmes is Director of Central Hypnotherapy Stockport, South Manchester and has been helping people from all over Stockport, Cheshire, Manchester and Tameside get a good night's sleep since August 2000.
If you're reading this you may be wondering whether hypnotherapy is currently available! The short answer is that it is: hypnotherapy is alternative medicine, and professional voc
"Hi Chris, just wanted to let you know I haven't smoked since leaving the session on Monday and it's been an absolute doddle. I was really skeptical about it working as I was a he
The outcome of any hypnotherapy session is controlled by the brain of the client. When people say: "I'm in two minds about that!" it is because they feel like there's a battle goi
Hi Chris, six months ago on April 1st you helped me to stop smoking. After trying pretty much everything on the market, and failing, I decided to try hypnosis.
"I didn't want to l
"Morning Chris! Fantastic news! I've not eaten any sugary things or had any cravings at all, can't quite believe it, also enjoying fruit again, thank you so much, just been telli
If you're vaping happily these days, convinced that you have "stopped smoking", so you're "safe"... you won't want to hear this. But I'm old enough to remember the days when every
"Hi Chris, I just wanted to thank you so much for helping me. I have been in numerous situations where I would normally have smoked and I haven't been interested at all. You are
"Hi Chris, just thought I'd give you an update: I've not wanted any chocolate, crisps, biscuit or cake since I came to see you. I weighed myself after one week and I'd lost three
"Hello Chris! I just want to say a mammoth THANK YOU! It is now three weeks since my last cigarette after smoking for well over 45 years. My main regret is not plucking up the c
"Hiya mate, can't thank you enough after Thursday's session, been for a beer with friends twice since and not touched anything else. Not had the urge to. Really appreciate it! K
Scared of spiders? Rachael was, in fact it was a full-blown phobia:
"I recently had hypnotherapy for my extreme phobia of spiders - something I was keen to address before my holid
"Hi Chris! Following our session for my horrible fear of flying, I flew to Japan (12 hours), and I just wanted to thank you for finally releasing me from my crippling anxiety when
Most of the trouble booze causes is actually caused by drinking too quickly, or an excess of alcohol. With this thought in mind, S.H. didn't want to stop drinking altogether but j
"Hi, I came to see you back in May 2018 to help me give up smoking. I can say with total confidence that since that session with yourself I have not touched a cigarette.
Now I am
I came to see you on 3rd January 2019 regarding smoking and anxiety and I wanted to share an update with you.
I haven't smoked since that day which is in itself amazing, a
"Hi Chris!! I've left a voice message, just to let you know that I have passed!! Thank you very much for doing that extra session with me, it really helped me!! Thanks again!!
"Hi Chris, just wanted to drop you a quick message to say that again thanks to your hypnotherapy I haven't had a smoke since 5th October, my work ethic is up and most importantly i
"Hi Chris, it's Joe from Plymouth.
I'm two weeks clean of roulette and all urges and thoughts on it are completely gone. I feel able to protect myself from it and I no longer fe
"Hi, just a quick text to let you know you helped me enormously with my anxiety. I'm a lot more relaxed and happier. My mouth is not stinging or sore nearly as much as it was...
"Hi Chris, just an update: I have now lost 13 pounds in weight and still not had any chocolate! Another pound and it will be a stone! Also, my cholesterol has come down so that i
I hope you are well, I just wanted to give you an update on the progress since our hypnotherapy session. Not only have I not done any drugs for the last 46 days, I als
"Hello my name is Dave and I was wondering if your services could help me, the last year has been trying, and I seem to have a lack of confidence and I was hoping that you may be a
"Just a quick thank you for helping me stop smoking really was amazed how easy it was feel brilliant going into 3rd month thank you Brian"
You could easily guess that this email ca
When your client describes the results of a single hypnotherapy session as "phenomenal" and "life changing", it's obviously not time to retire just yet! Joe wanted to lose weight,
When is an alcoholic not an alcoholic?
After expert hypnotherapy to stop drinking, at Central Hypnotherapy Stockport!
Rick used the word 'alcoholism' to describe his own drink ha
More and more people are getting into healthy eating but some find that they still get irritating urges to eat fattening snacks, sweets and chocolate. Chris wanted to stop his eve
Would you like help to stop binge eating or control cravings for junk food or fast food? Need help to stop snacking?
Sue did. So she booked a hypnosis session at Central Hypnothe
"Hi Chris, just to let you know I passed my theory test! So glad and thank you for your services. Dom."
Dom had been struggling with the hazard perception part of his driving the
"WELL DONE MARIE!!! I am delighted for you, and thank you for the feedback! I wish you all the best in your new venture, and if you need any help in the future, you know where I
"Thank you for seeing me, it's the best thing I've done."
That was how L. summed up her hypnotherapy session to address her insomnia and sleep-related anxiety. Contrary to com
Some people are so impressed with the way hypnosis eliminated their problem that they recommend it to all and sundry, and it's nice when that pays off consistently. U.B. wrote:
Sometimes clients want to say thank you but they don't necessarily want to specify what their issue was. That's okay! Here's a good example:
"I came here with an open mind, as
A phobia is an emotional fear reaction by the Subconscious mind which aims to protect you from an imagined threat. Some are triggered by actual experiences but most phobias are si
Would you like help to quit cocaine in just one hypnosis session? Or maybe you don't believe that a single session of hypnotherapy at Central Hypnotherapy in Stockport (South Manc
This one comes up a lot: anxiety about driving, especially on motorways and over bridges. The feeling is of a loss of control, feeling hemmed in by the traffic, and even the irrat
May 24th 2017:
"Dear Chris, I've come across your details whilst searching for possible solutions to a 'problem'. Briefly, I don't appear to be able to 'switch off' from work, and
Have you ever wondered why there are so many different forms of gambling? Well it's to try to get everyone involved: some people aren't interested in horse racing, some folk don't
Got a Thank You card in the post again this month:"To Chris,
Just to say thank you for helping us overcome our addictions and setting us free, may God bless you and keep you always
If you've been searching for treatment or help with cocaine 'addiction', you may have noticed that most of the 'help' out there is really just counselling, group therapy or CBT. I
"Can't believe people struggle to lose weight when you can make it so easy for them!"
That was Andrew's conclusion this Christmas after losing over four stones in only six months f
Hypnosis is the most misunderstood subject I have ever come across in my life. Nearly everything you hear people say about hypnosis is either wrong, or a misunderstanding!
"Hello, it's Jill here, I came to see you in July about my fear of having my blood pressure taken and going to hospitals... well it seems to have worked, I can take my own blood pr
People are sometimes amazed to hear that expert hypnotherapists can often get rid of a problem completely in just one session. So how many people would believe that we can sometime
The most common question weight loss clients ask a hypnotherapist is: "How many sessions will I need to achieve my goal?"I always say: "Have ONE." Responses vary, but it is surpri
Oh well, Dan's happy!
A drinking habit can become expensive if it's getting out of hand, and it's not just the outlay for the booze itself. Excessive drinking can cost a person a
Sometimes when I present a case for change to the Subconscious mind of the client, not only does it fix the problem but it starts a chain of beneficial responses that changes the p
Some clients report their success in excited, astonished tones - but not all of them. This is a fine example of an almost grumpy acknowledgement that, contrary to what the client
It's that time of year again! Party season, far too much eating and drinking in the last couple of weeks of December, then the big night out to see in the New Year... by which tim
Is your drinking habit getting out of hand, has it got a bit excessive? Maybe you don't want to quit the booze altogether, and wouldn't class yourself as a problem drinker, but ju
After many attempts to quit smoking, Sheila always believed herself to "be" a smoker, whether she was actively smoking or not. All she needed was a little bit of help to stop feel
Panic attacks, acute anxiety and sleeplessness are stressful and exhausting, especially if they persist. Medication can help temporarily but it does not address the cause, or caus
Here's an interesting question:
I'm thinking about trying to give up drinking on week days but not on holidays and weekends. If this is a possibility do you have a
"Hi Chris, wanted to give you feedback and say I’m doing a lot better since our last session: I’ve lost another 6 lbs. And have developed new healthier habits. Even when eating ou
You saw me in October last year and April this year. I came to see you for weight loss. I am very pleased to say that I have now lost a total of 4 stone 11 lbs and los
"Dear Chris, Firstly I'd like to apologise for not getting in touch sooner with my feedback but I will explain why. I came to see you on the last Saturday of April which was also
As promised, I am contacting you to let you know how I've got on since my back-up session with you for stopping smoking on March 20th. I am very happy to say that I h
Ok this is a daft one. This shows how quickly I forget clients that don’t turn up. Alex’s partner rings up and tells me he’s a compulsive gambler and he needs help so she books h
Not everybody wants to stop drinking completely, but if you go to Alcoholics Anonymous they will tell you that habitual drinkers are “alcoholics” and that they won’t be able to cut
Sometimes people want to change – genuinely – but they doubt themselves. Judging mainly by previous failed attempts to solve the problem the hard way (willpower), their expectatio
In my wild and reckless youth, I did everything. I can be honest about that now because I've been clean for many years, but I know all about drug habits and I specialise in helpin
"My daughter appeared to develop a horror of needles around the age of seven or eight, after having endured a painful cannula in each arm during kidney function testing at hospital
Would you like to be calm, happy, organised and looking much better? It could be that all you need is a single session of hypnotherapy, because that’s all Cassie needed!
Think it's hard to lose weight? Sharon's lost over a stone in only six weeks with hypnotherapy.
HOW DID SHE DO THAT?Well, she called Central Hypnotherapy, made an appointmen
Most tobacco smokers smoke at any time, but a few only smoke when they drink alcohol. This may be because they started smoking in the pub and never developed the habit of smoking
"What I would like to improve upon is my confidence when public speaking."
OK Julian, we can do that! Hypnosis to improve performance is all about being relaxed in that situation
"Hi, I have found my alcohol consumption has increased as well as my weight, I snack when I've been drinking or have the next day nibbles. I know it all contributes to my weight ga
This one comes up a lot, and not surprisingly because it is the most common fear of all. It is also easy to get rid of with hypnosis, so nobody needs to be struggling with it - b
Hypnotherapy for weight loss - or for anything else! - is best advertised by word of mouth, because with feedback like this, you can't go wrong:
Just wanted to give
The doorbell rang, today, but I wasn't expecting anyone. Turned out to be a young lady I saw a few weeks back, but I didn't recall at first - I see so many people - she came twice
I don't write about this a lot but I should - more and more people are becoming diabetic and finding it hard to stick to healthy food choices, but only because they're trying to do
Most of the people who come to Central Hypnotherapy with an eating issue are consuming too much, and want to reduce their intake of food. But some people have the opposite problem
Comfort Eating: There's always a reason!
When Rosie came to Central Hypnotherapy in December 2013 it was to address her eating habits and especially her emotional eating, which she
How can hypnotherapy help you to get over the pain and heartbreak of a split with your partner?
Dominic came to me after more than three years of trying to recover all by himself
Whether you want to lose weight, stop smoking or get more active for a healthier lifestyle, hypnotherapy is the quickest and easiest way to do it. Otherwise you're down to willpow
Your "drinking habit" is just what you usually do when you are drinking alcohol. Notice how this doesn't often match your conscious intentions? Everyone assumes that this is down
Addiction can be a terrible, terrible thing. Some people are addicted to heroin. Some people are addicted to crack cocaine. And about 25 million people are addicted to playing B
New clients sometimes express surprise at the number of issues that we eliminate in just one session here at Central Hypnotherapy, and I know many people would probably think it so
Many of the blog posts on this website feature feedback from previous clients which clearly shows that they were not only delighted but very surprised to have been successful with
"2 years and 1 day since I visited you... so 2 years and 1 day since my last cigarette. Just to say - thank you!! Jim"
Clearly yes, hypnotherapy does work for stopping smoking! Jim
"I feel like shouting from the rooftops I'VE HAD HYPNOTHERAPY... I'M FREEEEEE!"
This is the feedback from Catherine I received today, and Catherine was very doubtful that hypnother
Now you might think that nausea and travel sickness are not connected to phobias - but you'd be wrong! The Subconscious mind has a number of tactics it can use to force you to avoi
"Hiya Chris! It's Chris from Saturday. I just wanted to say thanks again, results are brilliant, I can't believe it - cravings are gone!" This was the text message I received this
The only phone call I got yesterday (it goes a bit quiet as Christmas gets this close) was from a client I saw two months ago who just wanted to give me an update. This guy owns a
Most people expect to GAIN weight over Christmas, do they not? Then after the New Year celebrations, they get on the scales with a heavy heart and think about going back to Weight
I've tried everything (except hypnotherapy)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) comes in many forms, and in fact that 'disorder' label is a bit of a misunderstanding. All Compulsiv
Life is a Competition
London 2012 has been pretty inspiring has it not? Team G.B. surpassed expectations and won a very respectable clutch of medals - and I bet they did it entirel
"What do you do to relax?"
I've asked thousands of individual clients this question, over the years, and the answer is hardly ever any true form of relaxation, but another activity
Both appetite and cravings are controlled by the brain. Although we 'feel' these sensations in the body, they are triggered by the Subconscious mind. Weight loss drugs try to inter
Time to ditch the drug habits!
More and more people are coming to Central Hypnotherapy to get rid of their cocaine habit, or their drinking habit, or ketamine, cannabis or crack ha
"How can I stop eating chocolate?" Here's Jane's reply to that, and it applies equally to sweets, cakes, ice cream, doughnuts and all sugary things!
Hi Chris,Hope you are well?
This is what we aim for every time: no desire to smoke, no cravings, no withdrawal, no over-eating or weight gain. As standard.
You said to give you feedback and to let y
Most diets or healthy eating plans require willpower to stick to, but hypnosis allows you to change without effort. It is the craving system that reminds us when to eat, and if the
Hypnosis is the easiest way to stop drinking alcohol, as Carole found out seven months ago. This was her feedback from yesterday:
"Hi Chris, I've been meaning to contact you again
This came in by email on the 7th of February:
I came to you for a session of hypnotherapy to help with performance anxiety before singing a solo at a Xmas church servi
Most smokers who have attempted to stop smoking before will have tried some form of Nicotine Replacement (NRT) - or several different forms of it - and after telling me this, my sm
Most smokers who have attempted to stop smoking before will have tried some form of Nicotine Replacement (NRT) - or several different forms of it - and after telling me this, my sm
Tony sent this email in yesterday:
I came to see you 3 or 4 weeks ago with a problem concerning a fear of water and swimming in general. Up to now I've had 9 half-hou
Everyone thinks it is really hard to stop drinking, right? Now read this:
"Hi Chris! It was nice to meet you last week.
Just wanted to give you a quick update on progress so far
Correct me if I'm wrong, but if someone has been "drunk for the past 38 years" then the lovely folk down at Alcoholics Anonymous would class them as "an alcoholic", would they not?
This came in today, feedback from a hypnosis session for alcohol about a month ago:
Just thought I would drop you a line and let you know how I am getting on. I still hav
This just came in today by email from Jim:
You might remember I called in to see you on the afternoon of 28th March. I know it is early days yet, but I haven't eve
The Central Hypnotherapy Stop Smoking Session shuts down any smoking habit in two hours, cravings and all. We also make sure that the habit is not replaced by another habit, as oft
Still, the spending continues!
Money may be tight these days, but if you go to the Trafford Centre (a huge retail palace in Manchester, England UK) there are still thousands of car
Question: What stops you from feeling confident in the first place?
Answer: Self-doubt, fear, anxiety, low opinion of yourself, worry, social phobia... that sort of thing. Exactly
One day, hypno-birthing will be the standard approach to childbirth because hypnosis removes virtually all the pain, fear, stress and suffering women usually go through during labo
Over the years I have found that some habits are especially easy to shut down - just as some phobias seem to be particularly easy to wipe out in practice with hypnotherapy. Chocoho
Most people who come to Central Hypnotherapy with a drug habit are not shy or embarrassed about it, they just want help to get rid of it. Hypnotherapy is the easiest and quickest w
On 22nd December I got the following email message:
"Hi Chris, Just wanted to say thanks for your help - I stopped smoking after a session with you in April 09 and never had a cig
"Hi Chris, I am writing to thank you for your help. I came to you with my weight issues, and although I still have a wayto go, I feel very positive that it's no longer going to be
Lots of people come to Central Hypnotherapy to improve their performance at work - like Mark, the barrister who was suffering from severe work-related stress which was causing him
What IS a phobia?
Strong fears or phobic reactions are really just a reaction by the Subconscious mind to an object or situation which the Subconscious has decided ought to be avoi
Gambling: Giving away all your money to a bad cause. And then maybe money that isn't really yours.Hypnotherapy: A really easy way to get rid of compulsive habits like gambling, usu
"Hi Chris - Happy Friday! Just checking in - no need to reply to me, just want you to know... DAY 14!!!!! HURRAY!!! And you know what's even more fantastic? I thought it would b
When people are new to hypnotherapy they aren't always sure what to expect - not just with the experience of hypnotherapy, but the results too. Yesterday I got this email update f
This text came in on July 21st from Angela:"Hi Chris day 13 going stronger by the day! Absolutely no sign of weakness, wouldnt get drunk for a thousand pound, just wouldnt be enoug
I got an email on July 16th which began with these words:"It’s my anniversary this week Chris, 6 years since I gave up smoking thanks to a single session with you!"The rest of the
Got a text update from Angela this morning:"Good morning, just been weighed, lost 8 pound ha ha ha regards Angela Mancini"So: from just one hypnotherapy session with me 11 days ago
Over the last ten years I've helped many people get over their anxieties and fears associated with driving. These feelings are very common and some of them are to do with the drivi
You know what really surprises people about hypnotherapy? That you feel perfectly normal throughout the session! Most new clients are expecting to be asleep, or at least to "feel h
In recent years there has been a great deal of interest in hypnotherapy and sports psychology to improve performance and get rid of competition nerves. Hypnosis has proven to be ve
I just stumbled on this old report about Lilly Allen's success in losing weight with hypnotherapy, but I couldn't believe the reported cost! Her therapist charged $600 an hour? Wh
It looks a bit like one, doesn't it? It is often called an "addiction" along with problem alcohol use, although gambling involves no drug.Actually it is neither. Gambling is a comp
If you try to break a drug habit with willpower alone, it can often seem difficult or even impossible. That is because you are using willpower - a conscious effort - to resist the
Let's face it, some things we deal with in hypnotherapy are not going to be a single-session thing. But phobias are! The vast majority of clients who just want to get rid of a phob
When you go on a diet, you are using conscious efforts (willpower) to resist the urge to eat the wrong things or eat too much, and to force yourself to eat healthy things which y
Do you enjoy flying? If not, hypnotherapy can change that very quickly and easily. Attitudes to flying vary enormously, from general excitement to the out-and-out panic that make
Smoking and weight loss hypnosis
I get more referrals from weight-loss clients and smoking clients than from anything else, and it is not surprising that these people, particularly
Everyone knows about the sort of compulsive habitual behaviour this expression refers to, but most people don't know exactly why it happens - or that it can be shut
We need Hypnotherapy!
I saw a newspaper headline the other day which described the U.K. as: "Crisis-weary Britain". Yes, and whose fault is that then? To read the newspapers at t
At one time, few people could afford to buy things they didn't really need just for the enjoyment of doing that. The credit boom changed all that, and got millions of people borrow
The vast majority of smokers who come to see me to quit smoking have chosen to do so because they know someone who has been to Central Hypnotherapy already and been successful. W
By the time smokers call a hypnotherapist to enquire about hypnotherapy help to stop smoking they have usually tried various methods to quit before: willpower, nicotine gum, patche
Hypnotherapy for alcohol issues is much quicker!
I'm not having a go at Alcoholics Anonymous, it's just that most habitual drinkers - even heavy drinkers - don't really need A.A.,
Hypnotherapy to lose weight
Many people who come here to lose weight or for help to change eating habits are already convinced that it is really hard to achieve lasting success wit
Hypnotherapy to stop using cocaine
This one is coming up more and more these days, there's a lot of cocaine out there in the pubs and clubs and so more people are using it than eve
Hypnotherapy stops the sugar 'addiction'
My chocolate-eating clients will often tell me that they crave chocolate at certain times of the day because their "sugar levels are low".