My experience: I approached Morpheus Clinic with a case of stubborn insomnia — it was more about the fear of sleep rather than actually getting bad sleep–in some ways, worse, since I carried the fear of what the next night would bring around with me all day. The intruding thoughts were hampering normal living and it felt like I was hypersensitive to any disruptions of my usual routine in the day–so much so that I created a whole sequence of tasks and requirements throughout the day in preparation for sleep. Luke stumbled upon the word, “micro-managing” sleep which resonated deeply. Letting this go was so freeing.
Even after the first session, I noticed a difference in how much I was thinking about “sleep” during the day (much less). The next few sessions helped even more. I was finally starting to find more humor and enjoyment in my life and with my family.
I looked forward to the actual sessions (online) where I could relax deeply and trust the process that Luke had laid out. He’s incredibly skilled at structuring the suggestions that touch on all the necessary aspects of sleep — even if you’re not aware of them (as I was sometimes not aware of my blind spots). I feel my sleep not only benefited but my confidence also increased. What a bonus! I highly recommend the services of Morpheus Clinic if you have experienced a similar issue to my own. And the healing continues–that’s the Big Bonus.*
— Suzy L. (B.C.)
Millions of Canadians suffer from sleep problems, ranging from mild to severe.
If you’ve already been to a sleep clinic and your doctor has done what they can, hypnosis might be able to help by giving you attitudes, perspectives and mindsets that are conducive to sound sleep.
It’s safe, natural and drug-free.
Three Ways Hypnosis Helps You Have a Good Night’s Sleep
You know you can’t sleep, but do you know why? Some people believe that it’s simply because they’re “not tired enough,” and while that is occasionally the case, it is far more likely that you are being kept awake by your own thoughts and emotions. Hypnosis helps you calm your emotions and quiet your thoughts so that you can drift off into sleep. Furthermore, the action of hypnosis itself is often calming enough to enhance your relaxation and help you sleep.
Hypnosis Helps You Calm Your Emotions
Events occur during the day that evoke a variety of emotions. However, sometimes you’re so busy that you don’t have time to deal with the emotions as they come. They remain stored in your mind until you have an opportunity to experience them—which is often while attempting to sleep. As you replay different parts of your day (or other parts of your past) in your mind, you may find yourself reacting differently than you had at the actual time. It is usually the negative emotions that become more powerful as you lie in bed: anger, guilt, worry, sadness, or loneliness. Through hypnosis, you will discover how to become at peace with yourself, with others and with the past. This will allow you to calm your emotions in order to relax yourself to sleep.
Hypnosis Helps You Quiet Your Thoughts
Your mind works in multiple states. One is the thinking state. This is when your mind is busy absorbing, analyzing and problem-solving—basically, how you are when you’re awake. Another is when you’re relaxing, such as when you’re asleep. When your mind rhythmically alternates between these two states in a balanced way, it results in your ability to perform at peak capacity during the day and sleep soundly at night. However, sometimes these two parts bleed into one another, and this leads to restless nights. People often spend so much time lying in bed thinking, that they “forget” to sleep. Eventually, their bodies become accustomed to this and sleep is no longer naturally triggered by the action of going to bed. As a result, they don’t receive the amount of sleep they need and are therefore tired during the day. Hypnosis concentrates on establishing a stronger division between these two states. Your body will learn how to automatically go into sleep-mode when it receives the signals (lying down under the covers, for example) and your mind will let go of distracting thoughts, allowing you to go to sleep. As a result, you will sleep better at night and be well-rested and alert during the day.
The Experience of Hypnosis in Itself is Profoundly Relaxing
Even though it’s not equivalent to sleep, the experience of hypnosis itself is incredibly relaxing. Many clients come out of their sessions saying that they feel surprisingly calm and rejuvenated. Some people even say that they are better able to relax in the clinic than they are at their own homes. In fact, we’ve had clients come in to be treated for insomnia who fall asleep within minutes of starting hypnosis while sitting upright! Because of the specialized techniques we use to induce and deepen hypnosis, the level of relaxation you will experience is deeper than any you would normally experience throughout the day. The calming effects last anywhere from hours to days. As a result, the simple act of undergoing hypnosis is sometimes enough to help you de-stress and sleep easily.
How Hypnosis Turns Insomnia to Restful Sleep
Your mind can be divided into the conscious and unconscious minds. The conscious mind is responsible for all the thoughts you’re aware of having, such as deciding what to eat for lunch or planning your next move in a chess game. The unconscious is the part of your mind that takes care of your “behind the scenes” thoughts, which you don’t realize you’re having. This includes regulating your breathing and filtering other voices in a noisy room in order to concentrate on a certain conversation. Both your conscious and your unconscious minds are capable of thoughts based on observation and experience. The difference is that your conscious thoughts, which you are aware of, are based on logic and rationality; your unconscious thoughts, which you are unaware of, are based purely on emotion.
During hypnosis, we speak to your unconscious mind. Through powerful verbal suggestions, we will help you to compartmentalize your nights from your days, find more peace of mind and view bedtime as a pleasant experience, which allows you to sleep more easily.
Scientific Studies Have Demonstrated the Effectiveness of Hypnosis for Better Sleep
Below, we’ve summarized some of the scientific research on how hypnosis can help to improve sleep.
“The percent of participants achieving a clinically meaningful improvement in sleep quality from baseline to endpoint ranged from 81.3% to 100% across [hypnotherapy] groups. […] The percent of participants achieving a clinically meaningful improvement in sleep duration from baseline to endpoint ranged from 75.0% to 90.9% across groups.”
International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, published 2021
Banish the Bedtime Blues — Request a Free Treatment Plan
Why suffer the torment of tossing and turning all night any longer? Why spend another day groggy and irritable? Don’t let your sleeping habits control your life.
If you’re serious about change, the next step is to call us at 416-556-4068 (in Toronto) or 1-888-HYPNO-24 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) to schedule a free initial consultation online through video conferencing or at our office in downtown Toronto. This one-hour meeting allows us to figure out how we can help you, and it lets you understand our practices and principles a little better, so that you can make an informed decision.
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* The ideal results described on this site, including testimonials, represent the outcome of an ideal client. Your results might be different, and will depend on your hypnotic suggestibility, motivation to change, past history, and many other factors that are not in our control. In addition, our work as hypnotherapists is not medical care, psychotherapy or psychological advice.