Peo­ple with sleep dis­or­ders can­not con­trol the process of falling asleep on their own. There­fore, often in order not to suf­fer from insom­nia, they resort to var­i­ous med­ica­tions. How­ev­er, doc­tors note that this is not the only way to estab­lish a reg­i­men. Sleep hyp­no­sis may well help such patients. In what cas­es such ther­a­py is indi­cat­ed and how effec­tive it is, Healthy­in­fo under­stood.

The effectiveness of hypnosis for sleep

Hyp­nother­a­py has been suc­cess­ful­ly used for var­i­ous sleep dis­or­ders. More­over, for some patients it is con­sid­ered as an alter­na­tive to sleep­ing pills. Thus, a review of 24 stud­ies was pub­lished in the Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Sleep Med­i­cine, which showed that the use of this method is effec­tive for 58.3% of patients. At the same time, unlike drug treat­ment, hyp­no­sis has no side effects, and even those patients who report­ed no ben­e­fit did not notice a dete­ri­o­ra­tion in the con­di­tion after the ses­sions.

A study by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Zurich notes anoth­er impor­tant detail — hyp­nother­a­py can not only affect the dura­tion of sleep and facil­i­tate the process of falling asleep, but also improve sleep qual­i­ty. This was revealed by mea­sur­ing the elec­tri­cal activ­i­ty of the brain: 70 women lis­tened to a 13-minute hyp­nother­a­py tape before falling asleep, and then fell asleep for 90 min­utes. In sub­jects with high sug­gestibil­i­ty, the non-REM sleep phase increased by 81%. This phase is impor­tant for restor­ing ener­gy costs, which means it helps to feel alert after wak­ing up.

Who is sleep hypnosis for?

Who is sleep hypnosis for?

Hyp­no­sis is used in the fol­low­ing cas­es:

    Insomnia due to anxiety, stress.
    Short sleep, frequent awakenings at night.
    Sleep problems.
    Fatigue after sleep, drowsiness during the day (no deep sleep).
    Violations of the regime caused by frequent changes in time zones (for example, during flights).

In a Nation­al Cen­ter for Com­ple­men­tary and Inte­gra­tive Health (NCCIH) study, hyp­nother­a­py, includ­ing self-hyp­no­sis, is also rec­om­mend­ed for menopausal women. It is known that hot flash­es can lead to insom­nia, and this in turn great­ly impairs the qual­i­ty of life. The study involved 90 women, after ses­sions of self-hyp­no­sis, an improve­ment in sleep and an increase in its dura­tion were not­ed by 50–77% of the par­tic­i­pants.

Contraindications for hypnotherapy

Despite the effec­tive­ness of hyp­nother­a­py, it is not for every­one. If sleep prob­lems are caused by neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­or­ders or oth­er dis­eases and are only a symp­tom, hyp­no­sis treat­ment will not help.

In addi­tion, in order for the ses­sions to give results, the per­son must be sug­gestible. This qual­i­ty can­not be revealed sim­ply by the char­ac­ter or behav­ior of a per­son. Doc­tors con­duct spe­cial tests that show how a patient can be hyp­no­tized.

Ther­a­py may also be inef­fec­tive due to the sub­jec­tive atti­tude of a per­son to hyp­no­sis. Fear of a ses­sion or an inter­nal protest can become an insur­mount­able bar­ri­er.

There are also med­ical con­traindi­ca­tions, includ­ing:

    Mental illness (hypnosis for sleep is only acceptable after consulting a psychiatrist).
    Diseases of the cardiovascular system and other diseases accompanied by respiratory disorders.
    Epilepsy.

By Yraa

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