Getting a Good Night’s Sleep with Hypnosis
3rd July 2013.
Did you know that good sleep and bad sleep are nothing more than learned habits? And that hypnosis is a great way of breaking old unwanted habits? Take for example, ‘Rumination’ which is a habit that can keep people awake at night. What is ‘rumination’? Well rumination is defined as “The compulsively focused attention on the symptoms of one’s distress, and on its possible causes and consequences, as opposed to its solutions”.
Rumination is similar to worry except rumination focuses on bad feelings and experiences from the past, whereas worry is concerned with potential bad events in the future. Evidence now shows that both rumination and worry are associated with anxiety and other negative emotional states. Most people have experienced ‘Rumination’, – laying on your bed thinking of all the things that
went wrong the previous day, chewing over the same anxiety inducing thoughts again and again and
again….familiar? The good news is that all these habits and states can be unlearned using hypnosis.
Hypnotic relaxation techniques work really well to help you get a good night’s sleep, because they are a great way of relaxing and calming mind and body. Hypnosis is that lovely daydream like state between waking and sleeping. So by being empowered to use these techniques, you are half way to sleep already and can easily focus on happy thoughts and memories, while giving yourself more positive visualisations.
This all means you get a peaceful night’s sleep full of pleasant dreams. These relaxation techniques also work well if you wake up in the middle of the night.
Evidence shows that Hypnosis can help with sleep troubles. William S. Kroger M.D. states in his 2007 book ‘Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis: “Hypnosis effects improvement in acute cases of insomnia. Often a single session is effective in restoring a sleep cycle, particularly if self-hypnosis is taught on the initial visit.” Some research suggests that self-hypnosis improves sleep by redirecting patients’ attention away from anxiety, producing thoughts that promote relaxation and is effective for treating insomnia.
(Vickers & Zollman, ‘Hypnosis and relaxation therapies,’ BMJ 1999;319: 1346-1349).
I have helped many of my clients improve their sleep simply by practicing some very easy relaxation techniques and/or listening to my free hypnosis relaxation CD. One recent client got back to me a few months after her one session and reported to me that: “After just one visit which was most relaxing I had the most amazing result. That night I slept wonderfully and my sleep pattern instantly returned.” In conclusion, proper cultivation of sleeping habits can have a positive lifetime impact. Hypnosis, without doubt, can help steer the course of someone’s life in a healthier direction. And there are few things more healing than a good night’s sleep.
Contact: Linda Alexander, email@example.com, also 0141 632 1440 and 07875 493 358 HYPNOTHERAPY GLASGOW SCOTLAND
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