Sleep hypnosis is a type of hypnosis that is done while you are sleeping or in a sleep-like state. During these moments your mind is more fully open to suggestion which makes it easier to pick up better habits and discourage unhealthy behaviors. Sleep hypnosis can help with problems like insomnia, sleepwalking and stress. Different kinds of sleep hypnosis can be used to help heal your body and work on mood disorders. It will help you achieve better, deeper and more restful sleep which leads to improved memory, better health and a feeling of restoration.
How Does Sleep Hypnosis Work?
Sleep hypnosis can be done at home using recordings, or in a therapists office. It doesn’t involve any tools other than yourself, your hypnotist of choice, and a comfortable place to relax. Your chosen form of sleep hypnotist will use words and verbal cues to help relax your mind and body until you enter a trance-like state of being with the external world tuned out. While a quarter of the world’s population will struggle to get any benefit from hypnosis, a good portion of those who try sleep hypnosis see benefits within the first couple of sessions. It’s also important to understand that the state of hypnosis, even during sleep hypnosis, is not actually sleep. You do not want to have a hypnosis recording on all night long as this would prevent your body from achieving truly restful sleep and that renders the whole experience completely void. A better alternative is to have your sleep hypnosis recording transition into soothing music or white noise so that your mind natural shifts from its trance-like state to a truly restful deep sleep.
The Stages of Hypnosis
Like all other forms of hypnosis, there are five stages to sleep hypnosis: pre-relaxtion, induction, deepening, utilizing and coming back. Pre-relaxation is where you reaffirm to yourself that you want to do the hypnosis, that you are going to get the most out of your session and you make yourself comfortable wherever your session is set to take place. Induction is your therapist or hypnotist of choice will bring you to that trance-like state helping you detach from the world around you and allowing your subconscious mind to come to the forefront. Deepening is where your hypnotist will make your trance deeper, allowing your subconscious mind to take even more control over what is happening. Remember, hypnotism doesn’t take away your control. You are always able to chose what you want to happen to you during a session. During utilizing, your therapist will begin to speak the suggestions that you two have spoken about. In a sleep hypnosis session it may be things like, “I sleep deeply each and every night. My body rests and recovers during this time.” When your session is over, your therapist will initiate the coming back stage which brings you back into a state of wakefulness.
Sleep hypnosis videos and recordings can be found in a number of places. Remember that you don’t want to listen to a recording all night long otherwise you’ll constantly be pulled out of your trance state and back into wakefulness. This prevents any of the good from the hypnosis recording from really being utilized for your benefit!