Maybe you’re been riveted by a good book and then surprised when you look up at the clock to see an hour has passed by when it seemed like only minutes?
Or, perhaps you’re driving in your car, singing along with your favorite tunes and when reach your destination, you realize you remember nothing else about the journey. If that’s the case, guess what? You were hypnotized!
Hypnosis (also known as “hypnotherapy” or hypnotic suggestion) is often described as an altered mental state of focused concentration and relaxation with heightened suggestibility. When you were immersed in the movie, reading that book and singing your heart out, you were relaxed in your surroundings and completely focused with deep concentration on one activity.
General misguided beliefs about hypnosis:
- Hypnosis won’t cause you to reveal secrets. When under hypnosis, you’re just simply open-minded to suggestions. You still have free will and won’t disclose any information you wouldn’t normally choose to share. You might volunteer certain inner truths about yourself, which is a common use of hypnosis.
- Hypnosis can’t make you do anything you don’t want to do. The audience members you see up on stage already want to do something crazy, which is why particular suggestions are effective on them. If you don’t have that same mind-set, then those suggestions won’t work on you.
- For one thing, clinical hypnosis isn’t anything like theatrical hypnosis. Once you’re hypnotized, there’s no chance of you permanently staying that way. Hypnosis simply relaxes and focuses your mind, so if the hypnotist walked away, you would either just fall asleep and wake up normally, or without further stimulation, you would automatically snap out of that focused state.
Hypnosis can help change your life in many ways, from breaking bad habits (quit smoking) to forming new good habits (daily exercise) and is gaining popularity as a valuable tool to help people overcome behavioral insomnia.
You can enlist the services of a professional hypnotherapist or you can also safely practice self-hypnosis to treat your insomnia at home.
Studies have found that improved sleep can be achieved through self-hypnosis by diverting attention away from anxiety, and redirecting towards thoughts of relaxation.
One way to become proficient at self-hypnosis is to learn the appropriate techniques from a certified hypnotherapist. Unfortunately, these sessions can end up costing a lost of money.
Nowadays however, you can alleviate your insomnia symptoms by following some excellent online self-hypnosis programs. This can be a quicker and certainly much cheaper solution for solving your sleep problems.
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Meanwhile, here are some easy self-hypnosis techniques you can try at home:
First, lie down in a quiet and peaceful place with a comfortable temperature.
1. Relax your body. A good way to do this is to progressively tense and then relax each muscle in your body starting from your toes and feet, up to your calves, to your thighs and hips. Squeeze and release.
Now concentrate on your stomach, moving up to your chest and then your shoulders. Tense and relax.
Next, move from your arms down to your hands, to the tips of your fingers.
Finally, don’t tense but just simply let go of any tension that may be remaining in your jaw, mouth and face.
The following steps actually reproduce the changes in your body that are experienced when entering a hypnotic state.
2. Practice some deep breathing. Gathering breath deep from within your diaphragm, breathe in slowly through your nose, hold it for a couple seconds, and then exhale through your mouth slowly. Your body and brain need lots of oxygen to create a state of hypnosis.
Next, pretend like you are swallowing something.
Then, with your eyelids closed, roll your eyes up towards your forehead. This creates a flutter in your eyelids, which mimics the Rapid Eye Movement of deep sleep.
3. Practice positive visualization. This emulates the “fantasy” stage of sleep. (The process of going to sleep has four stages: the “thinking” stage, the “fantasy” stage, the “hypnoidal” stage and finally sleep.)
Try recalling the happiest times of your life, favorite places that you’ve been or other pleasurable moments you’ve experienced.
4. Mantram. In this final step, you are to continue your diaphragmatic breathing, but on your exhale, silently repeat words such as rest, peaceful, deep, sleep.
At this point, you should have entered into a hypnotic state that will place you into a deep…unconscious….sleep. Zzzzzz.
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