Deep Sleep Hypnosis - Does It Work to Help You Sleep?
Stats will show many Melbournians face significant sleeping issues. From not being able to get to sleep, to waking up in the middle of the night and staying awake. We only need to talk to our friends or family members to begin to understand how widespread sleeping issues are.
Some reasons for not being able to sleep are obvious. We don’t need a study to tell us having our phones close to our beds at night is part of the problem. But this is just one small part of it.
More Melbournians are suffering from anxiety than ever before and this is one reason why people are having significant sleeping problems. The reasons for the anxiety can sometimes be obvious, and sometimes not.
Hypnotherapy as an Option
If you are looking for a natural and drug free way to sleep better, hypnotherapy may be an option. In this article I will talk to you about how hypnotherapy for anxiety and deep sleep hypnosis can help you get your sleeping pattern back on track.
I will also link to some tools that you may like to use to help you feel better at 2am when you can’t sleep. But first, let's look at some of the common sleeping problems.
Three Sleeping Problems
Not Being Able to Sleep
One of the most frustrating feelings occurs when you lie in bed and not able to sleep. Hours fly by and you're tossing and turning, and soon enough, it's 2 in the morning and you are still wide awake. From this point onwards, you can bank on having a tired next day. It can sometimes takes days or weeks to recover from just one bad night like this. But for many, it’s a continual pattern that makes life hard.
Waking Up in the Middle of the Night
When you wake up at 3am and can’t go back to sleep, it’s virtually impossible to think yourself back into a deep sleep.
Waking Up Every 32 Minutes
It's horrible to wake up 15 times over the course of the night and not get any restorative sleep. A tired following day, week or month is virtually guaranteed until a natural pattern is restored.
In all scenarios, parts of our minds are in a state of 'processing'. This 'processing' forms part of a wider stress response that doesn’t support a relaxed state to sleep.
This background 'processing' may be our brains trying to deal with stress and anxiety related to work, home life or relationships.
What is Hypnosis and How Can Hypnosis for Sleep Help You?
Hypnosis involves being in a relaxed state. One that enables positive suggestions to be absorbed by our subconscious. Nearly everyone remarks at the end of the session that they feel extremely relaxed and ready to sleep then and there.
We aim to use deep sleep hypnosis, or regular hypnosis for sleep approaches, to turn down stressful conscious or unconscious processing and anxiety. Bringing comfort to the anxious parts of our brains. We hope to do this to help restore a physical and mental environment that is supportive of sleep.
Booking An Appointment
If you would like to proceed with an appointment, you’re more than welcome to book an appointment immediately online via the booking systems. One booking system is for my clinic in the West of Melbourne, and the other is located on the corner of St Kilda Road & Commercial Road (517 St Kilda Road, near Alfred Hospital).
Fees are $200 for a single session and $500 for a 3 session package. In some cases health fund rebates are available but you will need to check with your provider.
The 478 Breathing Technique
Many clients have found this technique to be powerful in turning on the relaxation response that enables a more relaxed state that is conducive to sleep later that night. Some like to set an alarm on their phone to remind them to do it multiples times throughout the day.
The breathing technique is pretty simple and easy to learn. You breath in via the nose for a count of 4. Hold for a count of 7. Then breath out for a count of 8 slowly through the mouth with your tongue touching the roof of your mouth. I’ve embedded a YouTube video below that explains it well.
For those that don’t like meditation, this could be a quality substitute as it involves action and breath mindfulness instead of simply observing thoughts which can be quite stressful for some people.
There are some binaural beats on YouTube that are worth investigating. I’ve personally used them when needed for some good results. I follow “Magnetic Minds” on YouTube. It should be noted here there isn't much scientific evidence for binaural beats.
Hot/Cold Baths or Showers
Nothing gets me in a better state for sleep than an alternating hot and cold bath or shower. Most people feel incredible afterwards. If you wake at 2am and can't get back to sleep, this is one pretty powerful mechanism to feel better quickly. There is nothing worse than rolling around in bed with that horrible lethargy that doesn’t help you sleep. I do this and when I go back to bed, I feel much better and sleep more easily.
How to Book Hypnotherapy:
If you would like to try hypnotherapy to help sleep, please book an appointment online via this link. Please choose the appropriate booking system for your preferred location.