If you are not familiar with hypnosis, you may think that people in hypnosis are basically asleep. However, despite the factthe term hypnosis is from the Greek word for sleep – “hypnos” – that is far from the truth. Actually, although you are very relaxed while in hypnosis, you are most definitely not asleep. You are also not in a fully conscious state. So, where are you when in hypnosis?
Much research has been done on the phenomenon of the hypnotic state, and one thing is certain, it is very different than both sleep and full consciousness. There can be differences in heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and most certainly brain activity (delta waves in particular during the hypnotic state). And unlike the sleep state people under hypnosis, although very relaxed, are aware and can respond to questions or other stimuli. Many people have described the feeling of being in hypnosis as being very much like the state just before falling asleep or just after waking from sleep – kind of like floating in between being asleep and awake.
Hypnosis and deep sleep do, however, have a significant connection. As many who suffer with sleep difficulties can tell you, their challenges often lie in their seeming inability to relax their mind, body, or both. This is where hypnosis for sleep can be very effective in two primary ways. First, since hypnosis can induce a state of deep physical relaxation while also allowing the mind to detach itself from racing thoughts, practicing self-hypnosis techniques at bedtime can create the state necessary to be prepared for sleep. Secondly, while in a hypnotic state, the hypnotist can give suggestions to the subconscious mind that induce quick and deep sleep at bedtime. This is proven to be a very effective use of hypnotic suggestion. In fact, many people report getting much more restful sleep after hypnosis sessions even when they were not seeing the hypnotist for sleep problems and did not receive suggestions for sleep while in hypnosis.
The research and experience shows that hypnosis for insomnia can certainly be very effective. But, hypnosis for stress can also aid in getting more restful sleep. This is because one of the most common symptoms of chronic stress is sleep disruption. Therefore, if you are able to manage your stress more effectively, you are much more likely to get the rest your body needs for good health. And one of the best things about hypnosis is that, unlike sleeping pills, it is a completely natural solution to the problem.If you suffer from sleep difficulties, sleep hypnosis may be just what you need.
The Flourish for Life Center for Positive Health is a positive health & hypnosis center located in Apex, NC, serving Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Morrisville, Holly Springs, and other areas of the Triangle. They can be reached at 919-468-3900.