Insomnia is a psychological problem that disrupts all aspects of life, increasing fatigue and decreasing performance. Insomnia can be accompanied by mood swings, depression, apathy and other psychological issues. 

Signs of insomnia include difficulty falling asleep, superficial sleep, frequent awakenings, early wake up, irritability, anxiety, appetite disorders, memory impairment, distraction of attention and headache.

Mental health experts offer multiple methods for dealing with insomnia and one of them is sleep hypnosis. While some specialists believe that it’s highly effective, others are sceptical of this idea. To find out who of them is right, let’s consider how sleep hypnosis works.

How sleep hypnosis affects the body

Self-hypnosis for sleep is based on two major psychological features. The first is that a sleeping person is very susceptible to suggestion. Therefore, in the late evening, it is recommended to watch movies that calm down the nervous system and evoke positive emotions.

The second feature of the psyche is that it is susceptible to self-hypnosis. People can convince themselves of anything on their own, without professional help. That is why it is recommended to always keep your goals in front of you. 

Hypnosis techniques

Self-hypnosis is quite effective for sleep and there are a few ways to implement this technique. First, you can listen to audio recordings that help you switch your attention from reality to rhythmic monotonous sounds. These sounds may be the ticking of a clock, the noise of a train, rustling leaves, or the sound of the surf. What’s more, some audio novels contain alpha sounds that are perceived unconsciously and promote relaxation. They will distract you from the outer world and help to concentrate on the inner world. 

Secondly, to succeed with self-hypnosis, you should slow down the visual centers of the brain. There are some special videos on the web that are recommended to watch late at night. With the regular use of these tools, you can rebuild consciousness, develop a conditioned reflex and fall asleep every day at the same time. Of course, the effect of these methods is different for all people. For some, it is enough to conduct several sessions, while others get a positive result after a month or so. 

It’s also recommended to repeat positive statements before sleep. For example, you can say the following: “I am falling asleep peacefully”, “My muscles are completely relaxed”, “I breathe calmly and evenly”, “I wake up cheerful, happy, energetic”, etc. 

Sleep hypnosis is an effective and safe method. But nevertheless, it is not recommended for people who are in a state of alcoholic or drug intoxication, schizophrenia, or acute psychosis.

Does guided sleep hypnosis work?

Guided sleep hypnosis helps you let go of the disturbing thoughts and relax your mind. Your parasympathetic nervous system gets activated, and as a result, your heart rate and breathing rate slow down. These changes in your body make you prepared for sleep.

Note that guided hypnosis is not about forcing yourself to fall asleep. When you let yourself be guided by the voice on the recording, you naturally narrow down your thinking and relax. Actually, falling asleep is a side effect of relaxing your body and slowing your cognitive processes. Besides, people say that they experience daytime benefits of deep sleep hypnosis, since they feel better during the day.

Deep sleep hypnosis with a therapist

If you are going to try a guided sleep hypnosis session with an expert, you should consider the following safety factors:

  • the integrity of the person working with you
  • the therapist’s sincerity and emotional intelligence
  • their level of expertise, including psychological knowledge and self-knowledge
  • their understanding of your emotional needs and the ability to put their own ego aside

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