I would recommend hypnotherapy for insomnia provided there are no presenting mental health issues that prevent you from sleeping, as these issues need to be addressed first. Hypnotherapists would first assess your insomnia and will determine previous strategies that you've tried. There are sleep specialists who could assist with the insomnia, however, hypnotherapy is simply another option or tool to utilize. There a number of suggestions that can be made during hypnosis that create new associations in the unconscious mind. For example, ‘whenever my head touches the pillow, I feel more and more relaxed and more and more sleepy’. Hypnosis is about switching off the conscious mind to access the unconscious mind, and to be more amenable to direct or indirect suggestions in the hypnotic experience.
Hypnosis is about getting your mind and body into a relaxed, trance like state whereby the hypnotist offers suggestions as a form of therapy to alter behavior. Recent tests show that hypnosis can be very effective for sleep disorders. However without trying hypnosis, you will never know whether the experience can work for you. It is a safe tool to use, provided the hypnotist is well-trained.
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