#3: Sleep

The word “Hypnosis” actually means “the coming of sleep” and is derived from the greek words “Hypnos” (sleep) and “Osis” (condition) –

One of the easiest uses for Hypnosis is to improve your sleep, or help you get to sleep when you’re having a hard time winding down. That makes Self-Hypnosis extremely popular for people who suffer from insomnia – as well as people who travel often and have to cope with jet lag.

The ‘State’ of Hypnosis as we understand it, is a trance state characterized by heightened suggestibility, relaxation and imagination. However it’s not an uncommon state to find yourself in. On a physiological level, we associate the Hypnotic trance with an increase in Theta brain wave activity, which is the same kind of brain activity you experience every day as you fall asleep and wake up.

Hypnotherapists use that heightened state of relaxation and suggestibility to help their clients make positive changes to their behaviors, habits, and inner dialogue, yet that same state can be used to literally put you to sleep.

With Self-Hypnosis, you can decide wether or not to use a “call back” which is a portion of the Hypnosis process designed to bring you out of trance and back into “Alpha” brain wave activity, which is the normal awake, aware state.

If you want to use Self-Hypnosis to sleep, it’s as simple as deciding not to leave trance.

By deciding to stay relaxed and in the hypnotic state, you’re already past the ‘hard part’ in falling asleep. Your brain will naturally begin the sleep cycle shortly after your Self-Hypnosis session ends.

You can also use Self-Hypnosis to give yourself suggestions about how long you will sleep, when you will wake up, what you will dream about and wether or not you will know you are dreaming (awareness of a dream is called lucid dreaming, and hypnosis is a great tool for achieving lucidity while in the dream state).

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