You can treat insomnia with hypnosis in many cases. Insomnia can be the result of a range of triggers, from physical to psychological. Hypnosis can help with changing the way that the unconscious mind behaves so that any underlying anxieties or disruptive emotions can be calmed.

Some people have insomnia from an overactive mind, whether that is due to worrying or to excitement. Other people use the still of the night to review aspects of their lives or to problem solve, keeping them awake. Others are literally overstimulated by recent or forthcoming events and so it is more of a sense of anticipation which triggers the insomnia.

If you want to treat insomnia with hypnosis you need to understand a few things:

  • Your unconscious mind needs you to pay attention to its messages – that is why it is keeping you awake
  • Hypnosis is not a magic pill and mostly you need to resolve the underlying emotions for them to subside
  • In hypnosis we can then influence your unconscious mind to do its processing at different times, so that your sleep is not disturbed
  • We can also use hypnosis and neuro linguistic programming to help your unconscious mind to respond differently to the triggers.

Where hypnosis may not work

There are some issue that hypnosis cannot help with in regards to insomnia, and they are namely chemically based. Some drugs, certain hormonal imbalances and other medical conditions can create insomnia and make it difficult to treat insomnia with hypnosis. There are even reports online of botox causing insomnia! Hypnosis can help to relax the body and the mind and so it may have some influence here, as the mind over matter principle. However hypnosis is most effective when the issue is psychologically based.

Some examples of where hypnosis has worked

I have successfully treated clients for insomnia where my client:

  • had very low self-worth and it created an internal self-sabotage
  • was a perfectionist and had a hard time switching off
  • changed their status from busy career professional to part-time or retired
  • had recently begun a relationship after a long break
  • had an internal belief that they needed to keep busy
  • had a disorganised sense of time, on an unconscious level
  • was overly enthusiastic about the coming day
  • had a backlog of issues to ‘deal with’

If you would like to treat insomnia with hypnosis, make sure that you are ready and willing to explore the emotions that are creating that disruption. Hypnosis is not mind control, it is a collaborative effort and you need to be a participant in the healing process.