We all spend around one-third of our lives sleeping. These hours are supposed to provide us with the ability to relax, recharge and prepare our bodies for the upcoming days. Most of the time this is what happens. Yet for some people, it is more the exception than the norm.
Firstly, let’s look at what an ordinary sleep cycle should be. It is s actually made up of a series of stages, all of which can be roughly summed up into two main groups: Rapid Eye Movement (REM) and Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM).
NREM is the first phase of our cycle. It reflects the moments where our muscles are slowing down, when we are only lightly asleep and can be easily woken. After a couple of stages, we enter a third period where our heart and breathing rates slow to their lowest point as our bodies succumb to deep sleep, REM sleep – which lasts for around 20% of the sleep cycle – starts around 70 to 90 minutes after a person has dropped off. During this period, the brain is highly active as blood pressure and breathing rates rise. As the name suggests, our eyes also move rapidly from side to side. This can happen around three to five times each night.
So, how can things go wrong? People sometimes find themselves lying awake for no apparent reason. This is relatively normal, providing it only happens rarely. However, for those who experience this often, it could be symptomatic of a more complex problem. The same applies to those who experience sleep disorders such as excessive sleep, insomnia, night terrors and lesser-known conditions such as nocturnal enuresis, aka bedwetting, and sleep bruxism, whereby a person’s teeth uncontrollably grind against one another.
With appropriate Solution Focused Clinical Hypnotherapy, sleep disorders are one of the most treatable disorders.
When we first meet for sleep hypnosis it will be for the initial consultation, I will introduce myself and we will spend some time getting to know each other. We will discuss what you want to achieve from sleep therapy. I will note down some general background and medical information.
I will then explain to you how your brain works and how we use hypnosis to help us move forward. These explanations form the foundations for all that we will do as we go forward. You will be introduced to simple tools and techniques that you can start to use straight away to start making really positive steps to achieving your goals. It is amazing how many of my clients find this session enlightening and rewarding.
Subsequent sleep hypnosis sessions will last for 50 minutes. The first half of the session is spent helping you focus on what you want to achieve. This is called brain based theory and involves understanding how the brain works. It is at this stage you will set a goal to work towards between sessions. This therapy relies upon you fully committed to change. I will do my very busy to facilitate change and give you a helping hand but ultimately your success will depend on your commitment. Change can be difficult for reasons I will explain but with commitment progress will be made and quickly. The second part of the session is conducted with you on the couch. I will put you into hypnosis and use a combination of relaxation and positive suggestion to begin creating and modifying the neural pathways in the brain. This helps you to start moving forward in your life. My clients really look forward to going into trance as it is really enjoyable.
The actual nature and length of the hypnosis for sleep treatment will of course depend on you and your circumstances, but the majority of clients experience a significant improvement and are ready to cease therapy after 6 to 8 sessions.*
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