Insomnia and sleep problems tend to start in isolation but can soon develop into bad habits. If you think you won’t be able to sleep, it’s almost certain that you won’t. Hypnotherapy can help you to develop new expectations and make insomnia a thing of the past.
If you try not to think of a blue elephant, you’ll probably think of one. If you try to get an irritating song out of your head, you’ll probably struggle. And, of course, if you have to try to fall asleep, you’re probably already suffering from insomnia. Let’s face it, you aren’t supposed to try to fall asleep, you’re supposed to just do it.
So how could hypnosis help? Well, first of all hypnotherapy generally involves hypnosis combined with relaxation which in itself is one of the key elements in falling asleep easily. First you learn to relax physically; with practice this is very quick and very simple. Secondly, you learn to relax mentally. This can be frustratingly difficult if you’re in ‘blue elephant’ mode but learning self-hypnosis will soon make it very easy indeed. You will learn to be a falling asleep expert. In fact, many people come to see a hypnotherapist for something they believe to be completely unrelated and are amazed that their sleep improves as a consequence of dealing with the other thing. This is one of the most empowering effects of hypnosis – you learn to change one thing and so many other things fall into place.
Hypnosis will help you take control and re-educate your mind into relaxing easily into sleep. You can learn new and natural ways to fall asleep using relaxation exercises and techniques which have worked for countless others. Hypnosis can also help you to learn how to just slow things down. Modern life is notoriously rushed. When you’re ready to fall asleep a racing mind doesn’t help.