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There is little doubt that there is a close correlation between being under hypnosis and being asleep. Anyone who has been under hypnosis will know just how close it feels to being in the early stages of sleep. This is why hypnotherapy is so useful in helping people get a good night of quality sleep.
The majority of us will suffer from sleep problems during at least one stage in our lives. Both the problems and the cause of the problems can vary greatly. If you go through a particularly stressful period you might only be able to sleep three or four hours a night, or it could be you sleep ten hours but wake up feeling like you’ve not slept at all. Just the seemingly simple act of drifting off to sleep can be a big problem.
Once you reach adulthood you need to get around seven to eight hours of sleep a night in most cases. Any less and you will feel tired, find it hard to concentrate, struggle to make decisions and heighten the risk of suffering from depression. More than seven to eight hours of sleep a night can also cause problems, leaving you lethargic throughout the day.
There are two main types of sleep, Non-REM and REM.
Non-REM: The brain is quiet and peaceful. The body repairs itself and hormones are released into the bloodstream, preparing itself for the day ahead. There are four stages to Non-REM sleep.
1. Pre-sleep - The muscles relax, body temperature drops and the heart beat slows. 2. Light-sleep - Still easily awoken without feelings of confusion. 3. Slow wave sleep - Blood pressure begins to fall. 4. Deep slow wave sleep - Very hard to wake up, will awaken confused and groggy.
REM: Makes up for a fifth of sleep time. During the REM stage of sleep the brain becomes very active, body very relaxed and the eyes move around quickly. This is the sleep stage in which dreams become more vivid and easier to remember.
Over the course of a night you will move between Non-REM and REM sleep around five times a night.
How Hypnosis Helps Where Pills Fail
While some people choose to aid their sleeping with pills I think this is a bad choice. Sleeping pills do little to cure the problem, only mask it. People often report feeling groggy all day after taking sleeping pills, and they can be highly addictive.
This is not a problem with hypnotherapy. Hypnosis is a natural alternative that results in deeper, undisturbed sleep with no side effects.
The way sleep hypnosis works is simple, the hypnotherapist first helps the patient relax. This allows the conscious mind to become quiet, and is the perfect state for the beginning stages of sleep. While the conscious mind is relaxed the hypnotist will then begin making suggestions to the unconscious mind to accept positive commands such as, “your eyes feel heavy”, “your mind and body are totally relaxed”. Once this is achieved sleep will follow.
So if you feel the sleep you are getting is not adequate then you really should try hypnotherapy to get the sleep your body and mind requires.