Getting a good night’s sleep with hypnosis – For many people getting a good’s night’s sleep is difficult or impossible. For many of those same people hypnosis might be the answer.
I see a variety of sleep issues with my clients at Intuitive Hypnosis in Portland, Oregon. For some, getting to sleep is easy, but they repeatedly wake up tossing and turning with their minds racing the whole time, waking up completely exhausted each morning. For others, once they get to sleep they stay asleep, but can toss and turn for hours and hours before they drift off.
Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves. I always ask my clients about the quality of sleep they are getting. If they report that they struggle with sleep, I recommend to them that we do a session on sleep before we start anything else. It can be quite a challenge to change one’s eating habits, begin an exercise program, or incorporate other changes if one is sleep deprived.
If you have trouble sleeping, the first step in addressing the situation is to take an inventory regarding your sleep environment. This includes evaluating the following:
- The size and comfort of your mattress
- The temperature of the room
- Whether or not it’s dark enough
- Whether or not it’s quiet enough
- Are you eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and are you drinking alcohol and/or caffeine 3 hours before bedtime
- Is your bed crowded with too many kids or animals
As mentioned above, it is important to look at what you are eating and/or drinking 2 to 3 hours before you go to bed. It is an inaccurate assumption that drinking alcohol before bed will help you sleep. It is true that it can help put you to sleep, but then you may wake up a few hours later unable to get back to sleep at all.
In some cases, making adjustments in one or more of these areas can be enough to solve the sleep issues. However, in addition to these environmental factors, there can be psychological/emotional factors that are preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep. It can be very frustrating and difficult to function at your best when you are not sleeping well!
The most common reason for poor sleep reported by my clients, however, is not environmental; it is anxiety resulting from relationship issues, work stress, financial stress, health problems, and more. This type of anxiety, the kind that wakes you from a deep sleep with an immediate sense of panic and fear, is a conditioned response, and responds beautifully to hypnosis.
Hypnosis is an excellent alternative to medications that can leave you feeling groggy and unfocused. In many cases, the quality of sleep you get with medication is not as good as the quality of sleep you can get naturally with hypnosis.
When doing hypnosis, I always record the sessions and have clients listen daily until they have established the neural pathways necessary to create the desired changes. When addressing sleep sessions, the recording is designed to be listened to at bedtime. Clients are given suggestions under hypnosis that result in the re-establishment of healthy sleep patterns, rewiring their brain to drift off into a deep, restorative, uninterrupted night’s sleep; night after night, week after week, month after month.
For help with general relaxation I offer a FREE download from my website. Many people find this to be extremely beneficial, and when used at bedtime helps one to fall and stay asleep.
Restoring healthy sleep habits is one of the most rewarding experiences I have as a hypnotherapist. I value my sleep more than anything because I know how hard it is to function optimally when you are sleep deprived. Getting consistent, restorative, uninterrupted sleep, without medication, is a dream come true! It’s also quite easy to attain using hypnosis. If you are not sleeping well, consider hypnosis; you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.