As regular readers of this blog will know, I am a big fan of natural insomnia remedies and always prefer them over sleeping pills - at least as a first step towards addressing sleep problems.
Unfortunately, in the more than four years I've been writing this blog I've not mentioned hypnotherapy once.
Today, that'll change!
Hypnotherapy can be particularly effective at improving your sleep if your insomnia is a symptom of stress or anxiety.
If you're stressed or anxious, you're more likely to stay awake worrying rather than relaxing and falling into a deep sleep.
If you're determined to solve a problem that you have little control over, you're also more likely to resort to stimulants such as caffeine.
Hypnotherapy can help you to come up with more creative solutions to the issues that are causing you stress and anxiety. It can also help by reprogramming your mind to address the issues that once caused you stress in a different, more constructive way.
If your sleep problems are caused by an out-of-synch body clock (such as delayed sleep phase syndrome), hypnotherapy may help restore your natural circadian rhythm (and you'll be able to avoid taking hormones such as melatonin).
Finally, if you find it difficult to fall asleep (often because you're putting too much pressure on yourself to fall asleep) hypnotherapy may help by guiding you through the process of falling asleep.
Hypnotherapy can work as a distraction to the pressure you may otherwise be putting on yourself to fall asleep.
If you've tried hypnotherapy for insomnia, please share your experience via the comments form below.
Source: Juliette Nolan
Last updated: October 31, 2013