Insomnia can be managed in several different ways. You can see your doctor and ask for a prescription for sleeping pills; however, if the doctor agrees to give you the prescription, it will likely be for a very short time and on a limited basis. Medications for insomnia can be highly addictive so taking these drugs for too long is never a good idea and competent doctors will use them as a temporary treatment.
Is Your Subconscious Causing You Problems?
There is another way you can manage insomnia without using addictive drugs and that is hypnosis. There are many hypnotists using different techniques that can help you sleep at night, and it can sometimes happen after just one session.
The hypnotist will talk with you to help determine why you have insomnia. Could it be from poor sleep habits, chronic pain, or some other sleep disorder, such as restless legs syndrome? Once the hypnotist pinpoints the reasons for your sleep issues, he or she can develop a hypnosis program that can get you back on the track of sleeping well.
The hypnotist will try to find out what is going on in your subconscious that is keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep. During your hypnosis session, something you hadn’t thought of before might come to the surface so that you can get it out in the open and work on it. Hypnosis can help you deal better with your problems so that sleep comes easier.
Self-Hypnosis for Better Sleep
You can learn self-hypnosis in order to get a better night’s rest. A good hypnotist either will make a recording for you to relax with or will help you learn the steps of self-hypnosis that you can practice every night before you go to sleep. This is a good option whether or not the hypnotist can find an underlying reason why you aren’t sleeping. Often, self-hypnosis techniques will work to bring you closer to the sleep state each night.
Self-hypnosis works in several different ways. You can simply close your eyes and imagine yourself descending a staircase going deeper and deeper into a relaxed state. When you reach the bottom “step,” you will be completely relaxed and will focus on your breathing. The hypnotist may teach you things you will say aloud or silently to yourself such as “I am entering a state of deep sleep, completely calm and restful.” This is a lot like meditation but involves more verbal interplay between you and your subconscious whereas meditation focuses on breathing and visualization.
Either technique will calm your mind, often you will fall asleep practicing self-hypnosis each night. If you do fall asleep during self-hypnosis, this is not a problem. You will wake up refreshed naturally.
If you don’t fall asleep during the self-hypnosis practice, you can your self-hypnosis with the post-hypnotic suggestion that you will fall asleep soon. Then prepare for sleep, as you would normally do. Whatever post-hypnotic suggestion you gave yourself in order to sleep will work to allow you to go to sleep, even after you have come out of your hypnotic state.
Hypnosis is especially effective for those who have sleep problems due to anxiety or stress. Hypnosis works well to de-stress your thoughts so that your mind is free of producing thoughts and feelings that would keep your from sleeping.
You may need more than one session of hypnosis in order to master the practice of slef-hypnosis so that it becomes a part of your bedtime routine. When your sleep patterns become more normal, it is possible that you won’t need the self-hypnosis technique and can simply drift off to sleep without the aid of hypnosis.
If you have trouble falling asleep on a regular basis you may want to consider working with a qualified hypnotist to help improve your sleep.