When I tell people I am a trained hypnotist I tend to get a lot of reactions.
The first type thinks I can bring out a pocket watch, tell them " you are getting very sleepy" and then make them dance like a monkey.
(Ya, for what it's worth, I can't do that.)
The second is what I like to call the hairy eyeball look…..as if hypnosis is some weird woowoo thing with no evidence or proof.
The thing is, there is actually a lot of evidence that shows the benefits of hypnosis on simple everyday problems (I'm looking at you insomnia)....but I'm getting ahead of myself.
Let's start at the beginning….what exactly is hypnosis?
The simple answer is that hypnosis is when you allow yourself to go into a trance. Now before you completely write this off, understand that people go into trances several times a day. A trance is nothing more than letting your unconscious mind take over.
Ever sit in a classroom, space out, and remember something important?
When you sit and daydream and doodle?
Mindlessly watching TV, drift off, and think about something else?
Yep, you guessed it, that's a trance .
Anytime you let your mind wander, and let your brain waves slow down , you are entering what Milton Erickson deemed a trance, and that my dears is where the magic happens.
In this state you allow your subconscious to come through, and through this can guide yourself into healing, realizations, and yes, deeper sleep.
Erickson believed that the use of stories could help guide people into this trance like state easily which is why guided meditations can work so beautifully.
Still not a believer? Let's look at a few studies
"The women in the highly suggestible group slept 67% more and saw their deep sleep rise roughly 80%"
"Overall, 58.3% of the included studies reported hypnosis benefit on sleep outcomes"
I don't know about you but if all it takes is to listen to an audio before bed for better sleep, it sounds like a win win.
The research is out there, and with little more investment than a pair of ear buds, you could be on your way to a deeper, more restful sleep.
If you would like to try it out, I offer free, guided sleep meditations here.
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Let me know what you think!
And if you would like a personalized consultation on how hypnosis could help you with sleep and other issues, feel free to contact me.