It’s midnight. You’ve brushed your teeth, changed into your pajamas, and are finally crawling into bed after a long hard day. You’re exhausted and proud of yourself for getting to bed early, ensuring that you’ll have eight full hours to rest before your alarm goes off the next morning.
You close your eyes and prepare to go to sleep. But even though your body is relaxing, your mind continues to whirl. You find yourself replaying and analyzing recent events in your life. Emotions you thought you had resolved rise to the surface. Sometimes you even catch yourself daydreaming or thinking about frivolous or ridiculous things, but you can’t seem to slow down your thoughts.
Time ticks by. You know that even if you fall asleep immediately, you’ll still be a wreck tomorrow. Even though you’re exhausted, you just can’t seem to quiet your mind. You feel helpless and angry because this has been happening more and more frequently. You contemplate—not for the first time—asking your doctor for prescription medication. It’s not a route you want to go down, but you’ve tried every home remedy anyone’s ever suggested (hot baths, chamomile tea, yoga, etc.) and nothing has worked. You know that prescribed sleeping pills are highly addictive and can have nasty side effects, but you don’t know what else to do. You spend your nights lying awake in frustration, and then your days are wasted in a sleepy haze. You want to be yourself again so you can get back to enjoying life. But you just don’t know how to do it.
Sound familiar? Millions of Canadians suffer from sleep problems, ranging from mild to severe. If sleep is stressing you out, hypnosis can help. And the best part? It’s completely 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 functions in two states. The first is the thinking state. This is when your mind is busy absorbing, analyzing and problem-solving—basically, how you are when you’re awake. The second state is the relaxation state. This is when your mind quiets down to relax and re-energize in order to perform again. This occurs while you sleep. 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 strong division between these two mental 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, Luke Chao (founder of Morpheus) once had a client come in to be treated for insomnia who fell asleep after twenty minutes of 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 is divided into two parts: the conscious and the subconscious. The conscious mind is in charge of 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 subconscious 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 subconscious 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 subconscious thoughts, which you are unaware of, are based purely on emotion.
Your inability to sleep is directly related to your subconscious mind. While your conscious is trying to relax, your subconscious is still highly active and preventing you from falling asleep. Through powerful motivational suggestion, hypnosis will help teach your mind to react to certain bedtime provocations by relaxing, therefore allowing you to go to sleep.
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 at our office in downtown Toronto (when open) or through videoconferencing anywhere in the world. This complimentary one-hour meeting allows you to:
- Get the information that you need about how hypnosis works, what makes us different, and how we’re able to help you.
- Do a standardized suggestibility assessment, so that we can objectively predict how well hypnosis will work for you.
- Talk to us about your specific case.
- Optionally experience a short hypnosis session, in our hypnosis chair, so that you can experience relaxation benefits immediately.
- Book a session with one of our practitioners while you’re here, or request a written treatment plan with a fee estimate.
- Take home a copy of The Skeptic’s Guide to Hypnosis, written by Luke Chao, founder of this centre. It’s a short read that describes his unique perspectives on hypnosis, 15 years after receiving certification.
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* Our hypnosis services are not medical care, psychotherapy or psychological advice. Best-case 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.