How can hypnotherapy help sleep disorders?

Hypnotherapy for sleep disorders

Sleep disorder is perhaps one of the most common concerns of many people around the world. There are several reasons why people experience a sleep disorder. Usually, people who have a very hectic and busy lifestyle, shuffling between work, home, personal matters and family are prone to experience sleep disorders. Lack of sleep can cause a myriad of risks and dangers such as road accidents, as well as an inability to perform at work or even some problems with people around you - especially with your partner.

Infants, young children, adults and even pets can suffer from a certain kind of sleep disorder. That is why people are desperate to look for the right treatment that can help them to cope with this condition. Before you can determine the right treatment for sleep disorders, it is very important first if you can understand the types of sleep disorders.


This is the most common type of sleep disorder especially among adults. This is described as having trouble falling sleep or finding it hard to sleep for long periods of time. Insomnia may happen for various reasons such as depression or anxiety. Women tend to experience insomnia more than than men, according to recent research. To treat insomnia there are several different medication options (including those containing melatonin) however good sleep hygiene and/or behavioural therapies are also used to treat the condition.

Sleep apnea

This sleep disorder affects the breathing while we sleep. If left untreated, it can be a life threatening condition. Most of the time, the gasping happens often, which can affect the sleep of the sufferer. This condition happens because the brain in effect fails to send signals directly to the respiratory organ to breathe. Snoring is also one of the main reasons this condition occurs.

The treatment for sleep apnea may include the use of respiratory apparatus and behavioural methods. In some cases, surgery may be needed, especially if the airway passage is obstructed by the excess tissue. Those who are overweight are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea the most.


This is a type of sleep disorder that harms the capability of the central nervous system to effectively regulate sleeping pattern. This condition is described as excessive sleepiness during the day or hallucinations when sleeping or when awake. This condition can be a long-lasting sleep disorder that can lead to sleep paralysis in rare cases. The common treatments for narcolepsy include behavioural therapy, relaxation medication and counselling.

Restless Leg Syndrome

This is a type of sleep disorder that is considered a neurological disorder and is characterised by the continuous urge to move the legs. This is complemented by tingly or uncomfortable sensations in the legs. A person with this condition can find it difficult to get the right sleep at night because of the annoying sensations. RLS can happen at anytime and usually is not related to the time of sleeping. In order to treat this condition, self-help methods and techniques are used such as iron supplements, electrical stimulation and massage. The sufferer may also need to sleep on their sides with pillows.

Hypnotherapy for sleep disorders

Hypnotherapy is a unique type of treatment for sleep disorders. Sleep disorders happen not just due to neurological problems that affect health; most of the time they are caused by problems that can lead to depression. Sleep disorders can affect the person’s overall health. Finding the right treatment for sleep disorders is advised to help correct the problem or issue. 

If you are looking for an alternative to treat sleep disorders, hypnotherapy is perhaps one of the best choices because this is an all-natural option to recover from a sleep disorder and be able to return to having a restful nights sleep. 

How hypnotherapy works

During deep sleep or REM, the mind primarily deals with the emotions and these emotions can then affect the function during the waking hours. Not getting enough sleep can over time affect your overall health which can lead to depression and excess stress.

Hypnotherapy is a natural alternative to taking medication to treat such conditions. Using hypnotherapy can offer great improvement for sleep disorders and can help one restore his or her normal sleeping cycle or habit. This is a beneficial option to help one reinstate their quality of life. 

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Written by Biodun Ogunyemi ANLP,BNLP,SNLP,C.H,Dip.Hyp

Biodun Ogunyemi is the founder of Optimind Method. He is an experienced hypnotist, trained to the highest level in Advanced Hypnotherapy and is the author of over 180 hypnosis products.… Read more

Written by Biodun Ogunyemi ANLP,BNLP,SNLP,C.H,Dip.Hyp

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