Sleep hypnosis has become a powerful way to fight insomnia for many people suffering from sleep-related issues. Not being able to sleep at night can result from a number of different issues including stress, anxiety, snoring, discomfort and more. Sleep hypnosis has the power to cure insomnia and other sleep-related problems by entering a person into a deep state of relaxing and calming the mind and body in order to induce sleep.
There are a few different ways that sleep hypnosis can be used in order to cure sleep-related issues such as insomnia and restlessness. Sleep hypnosis can be part of a self-hypnosis session, or induced by a hypnosis CD or MP3. Hypnosis CDs contain scripts that are pre-written to deal with certain issues, such as insomnia. The hypnosis CD will guide you through a session if you are not comfortable inducing sleep hypnosis on your own with self-hypnosis methods and techniques.
Sleep hypnosis allows the mind and body to relax by inducing hypnosis using common hypnotic induction techniques. Once in a total state of relaxation, the mind will drift into a comfortable and positive place, allowing the person being hypnotized to experience restful and fulfilling sleep. Sleep hypnosis is normally used in conjunction with other relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing.
To do self-hypnosis for sleeping issues, it is normally recommended that you first put yourself in the most comfortable position possible in bed. This involves pillows and covers, as well as turning off the lights and blocking out all possible noise. If you are not in a comfortable position, you will be bothered when trying sleep hypnosis and the effects will not be as noticeable.
Next, your mind will begin to focus on one hypnotic induction. Hypnotic inductions vary greatly, so you should choose one that you feel most comfortable and familiar with. For example, some people imagine themselves on a beach, while others imagine themselves walking down a flight of stairs. Imagery and visualization are a very important part of sleep hypnosis, so be sure to choose a hypnotic induction that is in your comfort zone.
An example of a hypnotic induction for sleep hypnosis is to imagine that every muscle in your body is sinking into the bed. You will begin my imagining that the muscles in your toes are sinking into the bed, and then your heels, and then ankles, calves, knee, thighs, etc until you read the very tip of your head. As you are moving up your body, really thinking about how it feels to have those muscles sink into the bed and how the tension in your body is being completely released with each muscle sinking down. Once you are completely relaxed, begin taking deep breathes and counting backwards from 20. Once you reach 10, you should be feeling extremely sleepy. Once you reach 1, you should be asleep.
Other hypnotic inductions for sleep hypnosis will encourage you to visualize yourself walking down a long flight of stairs on a spiral staircase, once you get to the bottom, you should be completely relaxed and sleepy. Some hypnotic inductions for sleep hypnosis will have you walk on a beach, visualizing your footprints in the sand and the sound of the crashing waves. All of these inductions are meant to release tension and cause the mind and body to enter a deep state of relaxation.
Unlike many other forms of hypnosis, sleep hypnosis does not have an end goal of digging into the subconscious to deal with many issues. While some hypnosis scripts for sleep hypnosis will contain suggestions and cues about a particular issue, like anxiety, many are solely used to help you fall asleep and achieve a deep and restful sleep.