Sleep problems affect millions of people worldwide and nearly half of those over the age of 15 in Hong Kong at least occasionally. Periodic insomnia is often associated with temporary events, but it can become a chronic problem associated with difficulty falling asleep, periodic awakening, and an inability to fall asleep again over a longer period. Women are more likely to suffer from poor sleep quality as are those who drink heavily and those who have poor mental or physical health.
Poor quality sleep can lead to potentially serious consequences for your health and quality of life. With sleep hypnosis, you can once again learn to fall asleep faster and stay asleep all night long. Relaxation hypnosis is a powerful therapy that can transform not just the quantity of sleep you get but also the quality.
What Causes Sleep Problems?
For some people, sleep disruptions are associated with temporary issues, such as environmental factors, hormonal changes, or lifestyle situations. Others may struggle with sleep problems as a result of health issues. However, about 1.4 million sleep-deprived people in Hong Kong have primary insomnia or insomnia that is not associated with health problems or other conditions. Some may even be struggling with insomnia-phobia, a subconscious fear of insomnia or an inability to fall asleep. Hypnosis for relaxation and stress relief can help you relax and get the sleep you need.
Not getting sleep can do more than leave you feeling groggy and irritable at work the next day. It can also affect your quality of life, health, and safety. You may be at a higher risk of accidents, depression, anxiety, inflammation, and weight gain. You might also struggle with daytime sleepiness, brain fog, or difficulty thinking. Sleeping medications promise to help you fall asleep faster, but they tend to carry potentially serious side effects and a risk of dependency. If you are interested in a more natural alternative, sleep hypnotherapy can help.
With relaxation hypnosis, you can let go of the worries and fears that keep you tossing and turning well into the night and get the best sleep of your life.
Hypnosis for Insomnia
If you are suffering from insomnia or sleep disruptions, your first step should be to evaluate your lifestyle habits. You might be sabotaging your sleep efforts without even realizing it. Healthy lifestyle choices and good sleep hygiene contribute to healthy sleep patterns, including:
- A comfortably equipped bedroom
- Avoidance of stimulants, especially close to bedtime
- Consistent sleep habits and routines
- A balanced diet
- Avoidance of heavy meals near bedtime
- Limited alcohol intake
- Stress management
- Regular exercise but not too close to bedtime
Unfortunately, even with healthy lifestyle choices, many people continue to struggle with their sleep habits, especially if they have developed a phobia or anxiety surrounding their insomnia. Sleep hypnosis can help them develop a healthier mindset about sleep so that they can get the rest their minds and bodies need.
Although deeply relaxing, hypnosis for insomnia does more than simply lull you to sleep. Sleep hypnosis works to combat the underlying factors that keep you tossing and turning throughout the night.
With sleep hypnotherapy, you can learn to incorporate the healthy habits you need throughout the day to get the restful sleep you need at night while clearing your mind of the anxiety that blocks your relaxation.
Using Sleep Hypnotherapy for a Better Night’s Sleep
You can use relaxation hypnosis in several ways to counteract sleep issues. Sleep hypnotherapy can help ease your worries and calm your mind. Hypnosis for insomnia is naturally relaxing, combating tension and stimulating activity in your parasympathetic nervous system, which counteracts the fight-or-flight response so closely tied to stress and anxiety.
During relaxation hypnosis, you can tap into a powerful sense of calmness and comfort as your mind and body relax, your conscious thoughts quiet, and your subconscious mind becomes more malleable and open to new ideas.
Once you experience hypnosis for relaxation and stress relief, you become more open to suggestions to make healthy changes. You can learn to set healthy boundaries in your personal or professional life, develop coping mechanisms for stress, and motivate yourself to take steps towards incorporating certain lifestyle habits that promote good sleep hygiene. With hypnosis for relaxation and stress relief, you will be able to not just visualize yourself relaxing and enjoying a refreshing night’s sleep but actually doing it.
If you are struggling with insomnia-related anxiety or phobia, sleep hypnotherapy can help you reframe your bedtime experiences and tackle the subconscious behaviors that are contributing or even causing the issues. You can start to see your bed as a place of rest, comfort, and healing rather than stress and worry.
Understanding the Power of Sleep Hypnosis for Insomnia
Using hypnosis for insomnia might sound too good to be true, but the science behind it is solid. Hypnosis has traditionally been successfully used for a wide range of other health conditions, including anxiety, depression, stress, and pain. Studies have shown that using relaxation hypnosis for sleep can be equally beneficial.
In one study, researchers instructed a group of women to listen to sleep hypnosis audios before a brief nap. As they slept, the researchers measured and recorded electrical brain activity using an electroencephalogram to identify the amount of slow-wave sleep they had. Slow-wave sleep is highly restorative in nature.
Compared to when they used neutral audios, the women had about 80 percent more slow-wave sleep when they used sleep hypnotherapy audios. They also spent about 30 percent less time awake after using the audios. In short, the women fell asleep faster and had higher quality sleep during their naps.
In another study, a group of children received up to two hypnosis sessions. In that group, 70 children reported spending at least 30 minutes trying to fall asleep, but 90 percent of them experienced a reduction in sleep onset after their sleep hypnosis sessions. More than half of the 21 children who had frequent nighttime awakenings were sleeping through the night after hypnosis and nearly 40 percent had improvements.
More research can help better unravel the connections between hypnosis and sleep and the benefits of hypnosis for insomnia, but the studies that have been completed thus far demonstrate that it is a safe, effective intervention with a low risk of adverse events.
What to Expect from Hypnosis for Relaxation and Stress Relief
During relaxation hypnosis, you will have an opportunity to get to know your hypnotherapist and discuss any concerns that you might have. You can ask questions and get answers to your concerns. When you are ready, you will be guided through a series of verbal cues that will help you relax.
You will remain aware and able to interact during hypnosis for relaxation and stress relief, but you will be deeply relaxed and your subconscious mind will be open to suggestions. This is the point that you can begin to make powerful changes that help your body and brain relearn healthier sleep habits and patterns that stick with you long after the hypnosis experience has ended.
If you are ready to get the sleep you need through relaxation hypnotherapy, we can help. Contact Renewed Edge today to find out more about the benefits of hypnosis for relaxation and stress relief or to schedule your consultation with our hypnotherapist.