Insomnia and hypnotherapy
3rd April, 20150 Comments
Written by: John Dewar D.M.H D.Hyp CPNLP EMDR Dip.SMC SQHP
Did you wake up this morning still feeling tired or perhaps exhausted? Do you toss and turn each night? Do you try really hard to go to sleep?
If you answer yes to these then you are not alone. Although knowing you are not alone will not necessarily help you or make you feel better. You would benefit from learning how to sleep soundly each and every night.
Does your effort to sleep go something like this;
- You concentrate on getting to sleep and the more you concentrate the more difficult it becomes?
- You read a book in the hope it makes you drowsy?
- You use a tried and failed method of counting sheep?
- Your mind is buzzing, thoughts spinning around inside your head?
- Are the internal voices saying "I never sleep well"? Once you believe that it becomes more difficult.
- You run todays events like a movie in your mind?
- You run tomorrows activities like a movie in your mind?
- The above are just a few examples and I know there are many more.
You need to seek professional help if this continues for a long period. We need sleep just like we need food and water. A professional Hypnotherapist can help you "re-learn" how to sleep like a baby. If this has been going on for a long time, then your subconscious has learned this behaviour and we need to get the conscious and subconscious back in harmony with each other.
Below are just a few tips you can choose to use to help yourself.
- Establish a routine like going to bed at the same time every night.
- Switch the TV or radio off at least half an hour before your normal bed time.
- Stop reading in bed completely.
- Bed is for sleeping.
- If you are used to watching movies before sleep time then it is likely that your mind will be very active remembering what you were watching.
- Books can have the same effect and keep your mind active when it should be silent.
- Practise getting rid of the thoughts on todays activities early in the evening.
- Set a time to do this say 7.00pm.
- Stop the worrying thoughts on what is going to happen tomorrow, it might not happen.
- If thoughts are spinning then practise slowing them down (hypnotherapy can help with this).
- Stop "Trying to sleep", just let it happen.
- Close your eyes and use a good breathing exercise to slow you down.
- Focus on your breathing, breathing relaxation in and tension out.
- Begin counting silently slowly backwards from 100 and each time you say a number internally repeat the word calm... calm between each number.
- Alternatively when you have slowed your breathing down and with eyes closed move your eyes from left to right and back again and keep doing this and the next thing that might happen is you hear your alarm clock ringing to waken you from a good nights sleep.
- Learn self-hypnosis.
- You must practise some or all these regularly to get good at sleeping.
- Practise makes perfect.
These are just a few ideas that have worked for me in the past. The use of them is down to each individual and no guarantees are implied from me. Seek help from a professional hypnotherapist if you continue to experience difficulty. Good luck.
About the author
I have been a successful hypnotherapist since 2003 and a training provider since 2006. I own and run the John Dewar School of Hypnotherapy in Leamington Spa. Training courses are also held in various parts of the UK and overseas. With a background in General Management at a senior level I understand the stresses and strains life can bring.
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