Hypnotherapy for Insomnia and Other Sleeping Problems

Hypnotherapy is an alternative therapy that’s used to treat sleeplessness and related conditions, such as insomnia and parasomnias, which include sleepwalking and talking. Other conditions that hypnotherapy has proven to be beneficial in treating range from stress and anxiety through to chronic pain. For chronic pain, hypnotherapy is often used as a complementary treatment with mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). What’s Hypnotherapy? Hypnotherapy involves assisting the body in reaching a state of deep relaxation combined with focused attention. While people are awake during hypnotherapy, by transitioning into a deeply relaxed state they become less aware of the surroundings, as well as being less responsive to other stimuli. When Do You Use Hypnotherapy as a Treatment for Insomnia? Although hypnotherapy can be a useful treatment when trying to reduce or cure insomnia, sleeplessness and other sleeping problems that are a result of stress or anxiety, if the sleep condition has been caused by drugs or other diseases or biological conditions, it can prove ineffective. When insomnia or sleeplessness is related to stress or anxiety, the active “daytime” state involves the mind creating thoughts and images revolving around worry about future events that may arise, which becomes an obstacle to reaching a state of relaxation and sleep. Unfortunately, this often leads to tiredness performing daily routines, such as attending work. Another side effect of feeling tired during the day is the insomniac may start to develop anxiety about whether they’ll be able to get the rest they need that evening. When this occurs, clock watching and stressing about the number of hours left to rest can result. For the more...

“I’m so proud of my girl”: A letter to Roland about getting off marijuana

A note from Roly Hi, this is Roly. I meet a lot of amazing people in my line of work and it’s a joy to help them all through their ups and downs. What follows is a letter from the mother of a client whom I had the pleasure of treating. It’s a wonderful story that I hope inspires you as much as it does me. Here it is. A letter from a mother So I made the call……. Everything had come to ahead. My 22-year-old daughter was a heavy cannabis smoker and was wanting to travel. Alarm bells went off in my head, she was off to Bali with her boyfriend who is a heavy smoker also. Months before the planned trip we had all discussed them trying to slow down and ultimately stop smoking . The goal was to use this trip as a turning point in her life to detox. One week before they were due to leave on their trip her partner broke up with her. Not only did this devastate her but it ruined her plan to stop smoking and detox together. Over the past few years I have tried to get her help. Recently she excepted some counselling after going through a serious car accident. The counselling didn’t seem to be doing any good so she stopped going. So as you can imagine with her detox plan now cancelled. The breakdown of her 2 year relationship.I felt that she may hit rock bottom again. I felt so helpless and alone and didn’t know how to help her. She has been smoking since she...

Quitting Smoking is Good for Your Social Health Too

1960s advertisements tried to convince us that smoking is sophisticated – and in some cases seriously macho. The myths surrounding this habit included that it was good for you and socially acceptable anywhere, even around young children. There were even ads specifically aimed at teenagers! How times have changed. And not just because medical science has uncovered the serious and even fatal health repercussions of smoking. Many now view smoking as socially unacceptable or at best irritating. How People React to Smokers These days, people are very quick to speak up if they feel that someone is “invading” their personal space, exposing them to secondary smoking or making them feel uncomfortable. When you’re smoking in public places or people’s homes, you will usually find that icy stares are the least of your problems. Non-smoking friends will introduce rules for when you visit their home, go on journeys in their car or take joint excursions. This could include sending you outside to smoke. Some may even feel embarrassed to request this, and simply not invite you anymore! When you quit smoking, you could well find a surge in your social engagements, receiving invitations that you hadn’t realised you were missing out on. Improved Appearance and Odour Even if you automatically gravitate to smoking areas to light up, the social indignities don’t end there. This is an era when society places a high value on how you look and smell. Having yellow fingers is bad enough, but yellow teeth are an absolute no-go. The cosmetics and oral hygiene industry make billions each year from people seeking a brighter, whiter smile. Smoking...

Treating Addiction with Hypnosis

Addiction has many different faces and forms in our lives, from being unable to resist that extra bit of chocolate to the more serious and damaging addiction of illicit substances like marijuana. Many people are unable to quit their addiction by themselves, but it doesn’t make you weak to ask for help, as addiction is much more serious than just a bad habit. Addiction is a disease that affects an addict’s brain, psyche and body, manifesting itself through intense and extremely challenging cravings that both psychologically and physically affect an individual. Hypnosis for Addiction It has been proven that using hypnosis for addiction can help in treatment and recovery, especially when working alongside other rehabilitation treatments. During hypnosis, a deep sense of relaxation is created through shifts in consciousness, allowing for the patient to become highly suggestible and open to persuasion. This relaxed and suggestible state can help present people with a different internal perspective on their addictive behaviours. What had previously seemed impossible, like quitting a substance or challenging a behaviour, becomes achievable and desirable. These changed beliefs then help influence the patient after they have come out of the hypnotic trance, in turn helping them overcome addictions. This is the main reason that hypnosis appeals to addicts, as hypnosis can profoundly help people to strengthen their willpower and break free from their addictions. Treating Marijuana Addiction However, not all addictions are treated the same way, with some able to be helped in a single session, and others requiring more work and assistance from additional support programs. For many people, an addiction to smoking can be overcome in...

Bad Sleep Habits May be Worse Than Binge Drinking

Sleeping is an opportunity for the body to relax and rejuvenate after a long day. The recommended hours are 7-9 hours of sleep every day. Many adults in Australia sleep less than six hours, which translates to 18 hours of being awake. This extended period of staying awake regularly has a severer impact on the body than binge drinking daily. The leading reason why adults decide to sleep less is to work more, but other adults have sleep insomnia which significantly contributes to their poor sleeping habits. Adults tend to assume that the more hours spent awake, the more productive you are. This assumption is far from the truth, as sleeping for six hours or less leads to poor health in the long run. The more hours you spend awake, the less productive you become. Dangers of Sleeping Six Hours or Less Research from Medisys, a Quebec based digital health company, shows that people who stay awake for 18 hours or more in a day are cognitively impaired during the last few hours of the day. By the 16th-18th hour, the brain is so tired that its decision-making process is close to that of a drunk person. This means the decisions made by a sleep-deprived person are as weak as those of a drunken person. Research also shows that people who drive late at night while tired pose a danger to themselves and to other road users due to the fact that they can easily get distracted or nod off, leading to an accident. Lack of sleep can cause other health problems like obesity, stress, depression, strokes and even...