The Use Of Hypnosis To Restore Healthy Sleep

Bad sleep not only worsens a person’s working capacity, but it generally negatively affects health.

Quality of sleep is affected by a variety of factors, including stress, a person's lifestyle, a properly selected mattress, etc. In any case, people who are faced with the problem of bad sleep, resort to non-pharmacological and pharmacological treatment methods.

Many prefer the second option because it does not need internal self-control and work quickly. However, the other side of this solution is various side effects, including the development of dependence.

To avoid this, we recommend trying an alternative way of drug-free normalization of night rest — hypnosis for sleep.


Treatment of insomnia with hypnotherapy

This method of non-drug treatment is most effective when the development of insomnia was caused by psycho-emotional disorders.

According to medical research, this is the main cause of insomnia. With the help of a hypnotic effect, one can make a change to consciousness, to look at all the day's problems from a different angle. This method allows you to get rid of mental or physical fatigue, and also helps restore circadian rhythm.

The technique has proven itself in the treatment of depressive psychosis, which was caused by insomnia or was the reason for its development. To use this method, the specialist's help is required, but independent efforts can be made. Of course, when referring to a qualified hypnotherapist, the effectiveness of treatment will increase significantly. 

A positive result is possible after the first session, while for self-hypnosis you will need to focus and show a little patience.

The technique of hypnosis

Hypnosis is an easy change in the state of consciousness, but not a dream. It is at this moment that the sensitivity to surrounding stimuli decreases sharply, and the suggestibility is significantly increased. Depending on the method of the influence of a specialist (hypnologist) on the subject (patient), two types of hypnosis distinguish: classical and Erickson(more modern).

Classical hypnosis

After this, the subject completely or partially submits to the will of the specialist and also performs their commands. It is a mistake to think that the patient is completely like a zombie at this moment.

This is not true! 

If you ask them to perform an action that categorically contradicts the norms of the morality of a given person, then they simply refuse.

Many things can be indoctrinated in the state of classical hypnosis, and much can be found in the depths of the subconscious (for example, memories from early childhood or other long-forgotten events). Not everyone succumbs to this kind of hypnosis.

Known to the world and science since the days of Ancient Egypt.

It’s that the hypnologist forces a person to sink into a trance.

For example, “You fall asleep,” “Your eyes are closed,” and so on.

Erickson's hypnosis (nondirective)

It was developed by the American doctor — Milton Erickson. It’s interesting that the doctor himself experienced the action of this type of trance and was able to cure the consequences of polio, which was transferred earlier.

Theoretically, everyone can enter into the Ericksonian trance. Unlike classical hypnosis (where the condition is close to a deep sleep) — here, on the contrary, the condition is closer to wakefulness.

Suggestion takes place in the form of a story, instructive moments that are deeply entrenched in the subconscious. Erickson thought that it was the unconscious that governs our lives, actions, thoughts.

If you penetrate there during the trance, change something for the better, remove the unnecessary and fix a new experience, then after awakening, you can expect the solution of the problem.

Erickson's hypnosis of insomnia works in this way:

  • Create an internal setting for changing the structure of sleep;
  • Circadian rhythms are established;
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    A new stereotype of falling asleep and awakening appear;
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    Tension is relieved, the calm is coming.


After several immersion courses, the doctor may decide to teach a person self-hypnosis, if he sees clearly positive changes in treatment. The essence of the method is that no one will convince us better than ourselves.

In other words, what we inspire ourselves, pronouncing every day, works much better and is fixed at the subconscious level. This kind of hypnosis is great before going to bed to relieve tension and relax. It’s necessary to think over, in advance, several affirmative phrases from the first person, without negation and to pronounce them every time before going to bed.

Here are examples of constructions:

  • 1
    I spent an excellent day.
  • 2
    Everything is fine today.
  • 3
    I am calm, relaxed, and ready to sleep easily.
  • 4
    My sleep will be strong, healthy.
  • 5
    I'll get to sleep and get up in the morning cheerful.

Everyone can decide for themselves which phrases are best for relaxation and help to tune in to sleep. Such statements do not allow a person to get stuck in the first phases of the process of falling asleep (fantasy and meditation) but transfer them immediately into a drowsy state.

Day after day, a completely new regime is formed: retirement and awakening at a strictly defined time.

Features of audio hypnosis

A good result can be achieved with audio hypnosis. Such an option of exposure without immersion in the deep trance is the safest and most affordable. Relaxing music allows you to tune in to a night's rest and to give up the oppressive problems.

In addition to the music that promotes relaxation, nowadays the technique of neural tuning is widely used. With the help of such audio sessions, information is introduced at a subconscious level.

For this purpose, neural wave stimulation, coded suggestion, and other impact technologies are used. Such records can be purchased for a very reasonable price, which, in any case, will be cheaper than paying for a session of a qualified hypnotherapist.

In what cases is hypnotherapy contraindicated?

Despite the fact that this method of non-drug treatment is considered one of the safest, in some cases, it’s necessary to refrain from its use:

  • 1
    In alcoholic intoxication, as well as in a state of altered consciousness caused by the use of the narcotic substance or hallucinogenic drugs.
    In these cases, hypnosis can produce unpredictable results.
  • 2
    When a patient suffers from acute psychosis.
  • 3
    In severe mental illness, for example, schizophrenia.
  • 4
    During pregnancy.
  • 5
    If a person suffering from insomnia is prone to epilepsy.
  • 6
    When there is a stage of worsening of cardiovascular diseases.

Even if the patient does not fall into the above-mentioned risk groups, it’s recommended to consult a therapist before hypnotherapy sessions.

Choice of methodology

As you can see, hypnosis for sleep can be performed in various ways, the effectiveness of the impact of one or another of them depends on the psychological characteristics of the person.

Given this fact, only a specialist psychotherapist can advise competent recommendation. Author: Dmitrieva Iren. Iren is an editor of 

Basically, she writes reviews of various mattresses and believes that sound sleep is the key to health. Therefore, Iren is interested in everything that contributes to good and healthy sleep.