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Hypnosis Help For Insomnia

Updated on January 29, 2010

Danilo Rizzu

Hypnosis For Insomnia

Have you ever noticed how many commercials there are late at night for pills or herbs to help with sleep? Sleeplessness has become something of an epidemic in modern society. Stress and anxiety make it hard for a lot of us to get the kind of rest our minds and bodies need. If you're one of the many who suffer from chronic sleep deprivation you may despair of ever getting an easy and restful night's sleep without the help of medication, but there are other ways. Some rather nonconventional treatments like hypnosis for insomnia are gaining in popularity.

Before you do anything else, you should talk to your doctor. There are many causes for insomnia. Sometimes the problem is caused by an illness that can only be treated by a physician. After ruling out an underlying physical cause, your doctor is likely to prescribe a sleeping pill. For many this is a very effective way of dealing with insomnia, but if you experience side effects, or if you're worried about becoming dependent on a sleep medication you might want to consider other options.

Begin by establishing a quiet relaxing routing before your bedtime. Try to go to bed at approximately the same time every night. Don't read or watch TV in bed. If you become habituated to doing waking activities in your bed you'll likely spend even more time tossing and turning. Eat your evening meal at least a few hours before you try to sleep, and avoid anything with caffeine in the evenings. If you're accustomed to having an alcoholic drink before bedtime, you might want to refrain for a few nights to see if abstinance helps you sleep better. Instead treat yourself to a cup of herbal tea or warm milk. Milk contains tryptophan, a proven sleep aid.

If you find, after establishing a quiet evening routine, that you're still having trouble falling asleep, you might consider a less conventional treatment. Hypnosis is growing more and more popular as a treatment for insomnia. For many who suffer from insomnia it provides a fast, drug-free way to relax and get a good night's rest. Hypnosis is actually a simple technique. It helps the sleep deprived patient transition to a very relaxed state that is close to a natural sleep state. The very word hypnosis is a derivative of the Greek word "hypnos" which means sleep. The first induction experiences should be with a professional hypnotherapist. The hypnotherapist can teach you how to achieve a state of calm and relaxation that borders on sleep.

You probably experience similar natural states of relaxation throughout the day when you're daydreaming or doing something that doesn't require a lot of focus. Did you ever get in the car in the morning to go to work. Only to realize at the end of your drive that you don't really remember the trip. This is a sort of auto-pilot state that is similar to hypnosis. No one can hypnotize you against your will. While you're relaxed like this a hypnotherapist can make suggestions that will help you get to sleep a little easier. A good hypnotherapist might even be able to get an idea of what condition or cicumstance is the root cause of your insomnia. What's causing your stress, your worries? These preactices create a frame of mind that will help you fall asleep faster and maintain a restful sleep throughout the night.

If you don't have access to a professional hypnotherapist you might want to give self-hypnosis a shot.  You can find detailed instructions for self-hypnosis here.

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