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Insomnia is a common ailment. Our lives are so busy that we cannot seem to turn our minds off when it's time to go to sleep. Over time, lack of sleep can negatively affect our productivity at work and in our personal lives. Hypnotherapy to end insomnia is a great way to ease you back into regular sleep patterns.
Perhaps the very best use for audio hypnosis is in treating insomnia. Simply play one of these pre-recorded tapes or CDs as you prepare for sleep, and ease into total body relaxation. Specially designed to speak to the part of your subconscious that keeps you from restful sleep, these audio recordings don't only work in the short-term, necessarily. If used regularly, their peaceful effects can be cumulative. Within a few months with these programs can eliminate your insomnia entirely.
When we are awake, our brains are in what is called Beta state. In order to fall asleep, you brain must go from a Beta brain wave into Alpha. Alpha state is where visualizations are clear, and you become relaxed enough to go into Delta and finally Theta brain waves, to be asleep. Hypnosis changes the way the subconscious mind works. Your brain waves are better able to make the transition from Beta to Theta, without getting caught up by stresses in the conscious mind.
There are generally two categories of insomnia. The first is simply not being able to fall asleep. The second involves waking up in the middle of the night (or after an insufficient length of time asleep) and not being able to fall asleep again. By learning effective insomnia hypnosis skills, you can improve your sleep patterns and can help with secondary effects of insomnia and sleep problems such as daytime exhaustion, anxiety, and bruxism (teeth grinding during the night).
Insomnia can be a stress-related condition. Excessive stress in your life can interfere with getting good sleep, and not being able to sleep can make you feel stressed. Stress relief can relieve insomnia as well. Use self hypnosis relaxation when you get into bed. Stress management tapes or CDs will help manage the underlying stress that is keeping you awake. A study showed that patients taught relaxation and other behavioral techniques fell asleep four times faster than before they learned the techniques, per the Healthy Mind Healthy Body Handbook, by Sobel and Ornstein.
Self-hypnosis can help with getting to sleep by re-educating your mind to expect to enjoy a good night's sleep. Learning new relaxation techniques helps your mind and body to slow down when it is time for sleep. At the same time, hypnosis will remove busyness from a “noisy” mind that is full of the day's activities. Understanding the causes of your sleeping difficulties makes you better able to get rid of them for good.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|