sleep hypnosis

Sleep Hypnosis

Do you have trouble getting to sleep at night? Do you find yourself waking up and being unable to get back to sleep? Sleep hypnosis may be the answer!

Most of us will at some point have found ourselves lying in bed at night struggling to drift off to sleep. A bad nights sleep can leave us wearily struggling through the next day and drastically alter our moods, making us more susceptible to irritation and anxiety. A single bad nights sleep can be put up with, but when poor sleep becomes a consistent pattern, it can have a negative impact on our physical, mental and emotional well being. It is estimated that up to a third of people living in the UK are suffering from insomnia at any one time. If you are having trouble with sleep, then our sleep hypnosis sessions can help.

The National Sleep Foundation found that hypnosis can boost the amount of time you spend in a deep sleep by 80%. Hypnotherapy for sleep is seen as an effective treatment option due to the fact that it is side effect free and does not involve the administration of any medications. This makes it an effective long term solution that is completely safe.

Why choose Wiser Horizons for Sleep Hypnosis?

Just for a moment, imagine being able to drift effortlessly into a deep and refreshing sleep. Any stress or anxiety drifts away leaving you feeling comfortable and relaxed.

At Wiser Horizons, we use a combined therapeutic approach for sleep hypnosis that utilises both Hypnosis and NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming). Our sleep and insomnia treatment programme uses the most up to date research and techniques. Not only does it help you drift off into a good nights sleep, but it helps to re-programme your unconscious mind to fall asleep each night and stay asleep.

As part of your treatment, we will teach you: techniques to induce relaxation, self-hypnosis and effective strategies for managing the underlying causes behind your sleep problem. As hypnosis is a form of deep relaxation, teaching you self-hypnosis is an effective strategy that you can utilise to take yourself into a state of deep relaxation. We will also provide you with a recording that you can use at night to help you drift off to sleep.

How can hypnotherapy help you?

Sleep disorders, especially those that are caused by stress or anxiety, can be effectively treated using hypnosis. Using hypnotherapy for insomnia and sleep disorders can be highly effective in helping an individual understand and change their behaviours in relation to sleep. The way we react to stressful or anxiety fuelled events differs from person to person. Each of us has a default way of reacting. This is a cognitive process that is created by the unconscious mind to keep us safe.

Hypnotherapy in itself is a state of deep relaxation. During hypnosis, your unconscious mind becomes accessible and suggestions of change are more easily accepted. Negative behaviours that affect your sleep are broken down and replaced by more positive alternatives that are conducive to a good night’s sleep. Sleep hypnosis is effective in treating adults and children.

Types of Sleep Disorders that Sleep hypnosis can help manage

Sleep disorders are some of the most common health complaints in the UK. Sleep disorders is the term given to a range of problems that are related to sleep including:

  • Insomnia
  • Night terrors
  • Sleep bruxism (teeth grinding)
  • Excessive sleep
  • Nocturnal enuresis (bedwetting)

Hypnotherapy for Insomnia

Insomnia is characterised as an inability to sleep or the inability to stay asleep. More and more people are turning to hypnotherapy for insomnia treatment, with a quick google search showing a range of free hypnosis downloads. These hypnosis downloads for insomnia can be beneficial and for many, they can be all that is needed to restore sleep. However, these recordings are generic in order to help as many people of possible. Coming for hypnotherapy sessions allows us to create an individualised treatment programme that deals with the issues that affect you.

Sleep Hypnosis/Hypnotherapy for Insomnia sessions

Session one: This is a get to know you session that consists of finding out about you, finding out about your sleeping habits and answering any questions/concerns you may have about hypnotherapy. During this session, we will conduct a Well-Formed Outcome which helps to establish the goals of therapy and the timeframe we hope to make changes within. If applicable to your individual needs, we may teach you some NLP techniques that will be beneficial. To conclude the session, we will conduct hypnosis. This hypnosis will be based around helping you to relax as well as delivering direct suggestions to your unconscious mind based around getting a good night sleep.

Further sessions: Work on deepening the trance and reinforcing suggestions, working on any other issues that may have become conscious since the last sessions, and teaching further techniques including self-hypnosis.

Importance of sleep

Sleep plays an important role in our health and well-being both physically and mentally. We spend around a third of our lives asleep. A good night’s sleep refreshes the body and mind, helps muscles recover, repairs tissue, improves memory to name but a few. The average adult needs between 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Unfortunately, sleeping problems are becoming increasingly more common with it suggested that one in three of all adults are affected.

Finding yourself lying awake at night is very common and is often caused by feeling anxious, or even excited or shocked from having been awoken from a bad dream. Hypnotherapy can be an effective tool in helping individuals get back to a restful nights sleep.

Research into the effectiveness of sleep hypnosis

A recent study looking into the effectiveness of hypnotic suggestions on deepening sleep found that that hypnosis increased the amount and duration of slow-wave sleep (SWS). Slow-wave sleep is more commonly known as deep sleep and consists of the third stage of non-rapid eye movement sleep. 81% of participants experienced an increase in SWS while time spent awake was reduced by 67%.

Stages of Sleep

Stages of sleep - hypnotherapy for insomnia

Whilst you are asleep, your brain is hard at work completing a number of tasks that are essential for cognitive restructuring and repairing the body. There are five stages of sleep that we go through each night. By reading these, you will see for yourself how important a good nights sleep is.

Stage one: This is the first stage of sleep and also the briefest lasting up to around seven minutes. During this stage, your brain produces alpha and theta waves. This is a light sleep whereby the eye movement slows down.

Stage two: The brain produces an increased amount of a brain wave frequency known as sleep spindles. This is another fairly light stage of sleep.

Stages three and four: These stages are slow-wave sleep, a deep sleep whereby the brain produces delta waves. This is the most restorative period of sleep and the most difficult to be awoken from. It is during this stage that the body and brain get to work on repairing the body. Muscles and tissue are repaired and grown during this stage of sleep. Hypnotic suggestions that are presented to the unconscious mind during sleep hypnosis have the greatest impact on this stage. Hypnosis helps to take the sleep deeper leading to more energy and greater body repair.

Stage five: This is the stage that people are most commonly aware of. This is known as REM or rapid eye movement sleep. This stage lasts up to around an hour and begins around 90 minutes after falling asleep. During this stage, the brain becomes more active and this is where dreaming occurs. The REM portion of sleep plays an active role in cognitive functions such as memory and learning. An adult getting 7-8 hours of sleep per night will experience between 5 and 6 REM stages.

Hints and Tips for dealing with sleep issues

Often, we lie in bed thinking about all the things that went wrong or that we should have done throughout the day. We may even think about what we need to do tomorrow. One of the best strategies for dealing with this is simply to write it down. By writing down your concerns in a notepad, you are getting them out of your mind. You can then look at them objectively and begin to break them down.

Having a bedtime routine is also important. Turning off electronic devices an hour before sleep, reading a book in bed to help tire the eyes and having a warm shower or bath to relax the muscles can all be great ways of helping to promote a good nights sleep.

FAQ regarding sleep hypnosis sessions

Q. Will I still be in control?

A. Yes. At no point during a hypnotherapy session are you not in control of yourself. As Hypnotherapists, our therapy revolves around getting you into a relaxed state of consciousness where we can offer the unconscious mind positive suggestions. The unconscious mind will only take in suggestions that we have agreed upon beforehand. Any suggestions that are not in line with your goal or morals will not be accepted by the unconscious part of your mind. Hypnosis is completely safe and side effect free.