Is it possible to treat insomnia with hypnotherapy? Yes, hypnotherapy can be used to treat many sleep disorders. And, it’s something that can be taught too. This means it can be used outside of the hypnotherapy session whenever it is needed. For example, when you have a problem either falling or staying asleep.
Insomnia is the inability to sleep. It doesn’t just mean difficulty falling asleep. It can also mean problems with staying asleep. Taking hours to fall asleep, waking in the middle of the night, or in the early hours . And then there are sleep disorders which cause an inability to stay awake, such as narcolepsy. Narcolepsy does not have any relationship to fatigue. It can be caused by emotions, or by physical damage (note: please do get checked out by a doctor if you suspect you have narcolepsy).
Being able to treat insomnia with hypnotherapy is important because sleep plays one of the most vital roles in staying healthy, both mentally and physically.
Why is sleep so important?
Sleep allows our body to maintain itself physically and mentally. It is as important as eating, drinking and breathing. We have all had nights of little sleep. New baby, worries, noisy neighbours, an unfamiliar bed, a snoring partner… Shift-workers may struggle to sleep due to their body clock not adjusting, being disturbed by others in the house etc. Short-term, we manage, albeit with difficulty.
Long-term, not having enough sleep is linked to chronic illness. For example, heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, stroke and depression. Being very tired can cause us to have more accidents and to make mistakes, sometimes catastrophic. Most worryingly, long term sleep deprivation can lead to a higher risk of death. That’s how important sleep is…
Can we treat insomnia with hypnotherapy
There is medication available to help with sleep. But, these do have side effects, such as difficulty waking, or feeling groggy the next day. Insomnia and other sleep disorders can be treated instead with hypnotherapy. First, we find out what’s going on: When did it start? What’s been happening in the your life? What happens when you wake? What do you think about whist trying to get to sleep? Sometimes, working on the anxiety or stress can solve the sleep disorder without any other treatment. However, breathing techniques and relaxation methods will also aid sleep. These can be taught, like a self-hypnosis, meaning it can be used whenever or wherever you may be.