By alleviating our anxieties, hypnotherapy allows us to overcome insomnia and find a more restful sleep. Most of the time, a few sessions of fast sleep hypnosis are enough to notice an improvement.
sleep hypnosis is now recognized as a therapeutic tool. Some hospitals use it to reduce pain, prepare for childbirth or to replace anesthesia.
In 2018, an expertise of the Inserm (French National Institute for Health and Medical Research) pointed out its advantages in treating insomnia, once the physical causes have been eliminated. Brain imaging has shown that, under hypnosis, we are in a particular state of consciousness, different from waking and sleeping. “It’s like “being in the moon”, it’s a state of daydreaming,” says Dr. Patrick Bellet, an Ericksonian hypnosis physician.
Hypnosis reduces stress :
Certain areas of the brain are muted as if we were asleep. And other areas that can reduce stress and anxiety are stimulated. sleep hypnosis helps to interrupt thinking and creates the necessary state to sleep well. Sleep time decreases and the duration of restful sleep increases.
But medical experience has also established that hypnosis works only if you believe in its benefits. There is no particular psychological profile,” says Dr. Agnès Brion. It’s a question of adherence. »
Conduct of a hypnosis session against sleep disorders :
– The first consultation begins with an interview with the therapist. The gathering of information is a very important phase for the practitioner. By identifying the cause of sleep disorders, he adapts his technique and suggestions to the patient and the type of insomnia.
– During the sleep hypnosis itself, the therapist first brings the person to relax. The therapist may speak to the person repeatedly, suggesting total relaxation of the body’s muscles or asking the person to focus on an object. “To fall asleep, we often try to clear our head. The more you try not to think about anything, the more things come back to you,” explains Professor Antoine Bioy, professor of medical psychology at the University of Burgundy. That’s why you have to create a feeling of familiarity with the environment – contact with the seat or bed, noises, etc. – and to be aware of the environment. As soon as we are familiar with what surrounds us, the brain is released from it and moves on to something else while remaining awake. We then enter a phase of hyper-availability to all that is perceptive. Reflective thinking takes a back seat, adds Dr. Agnès Brion.
– The therapist then offers the patient positive thoughts, feelings of well-being or metaphors, such as a plunge into deep water, to suggest that the patient should go to sleep. The goal is to help the patient find a world where he or she feels good and safe so that he or she can fall asleep.
– With night-time awakenings, “work is a little different,” says Antoine Bioy. We suggest to the person that a part of their consciousness always remains awake, like the mother who hears her child crying when she sleeps. Then, they are asked to visualize this sleep guardian: it reassures them to know that, if necessary, this guardian will wake them up. »
– At the end of the sleep hypnosis session, on average 30 minutes, the patient confirms by a sign that he or she has had a sensory experience. Then, the practitioner counts up to 5 to bring the patient back to his state of alertness, asks him to open his eyes and stretch. An exchange then allows the patient to express what he or she felt and to find other suggestions for the next time. To consolidate the treatment, the therapist teaches self-hypnosis techniques.
Fast results :
The beneficial effect can be felt from the first session. According to studies, between 50% and 85% of people see their sleep improve after two sessions (sleep duration and quality). It takes two to five sessions, one to two weeks apart, but up to ten sessions are needed for complex or long-established disorders.
The price of a sleep hypnosis session varies according to the practitioner, but generally varies between $60 and $75. This treatment is not covered by Social Security.
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Where to find a hypnotherapist ?
Since the title of hypnotherapist is not regulated, it is essential to choose a health professional – doctor, psychiatrist, nurse… – who has received training in medical hypnosis. This training must last at least one year and include regular practice.
You can ask :
– a doctor who specializes in sleep disorders
– a training organization for medical hypnosis, reserved for health professionals: such as the Confédération francophone d’hypnose et thérapies brèves, the Institut français d’hypnose and the Association française pour l’étude de l’hypnose médicale (French Association for the Study of Medical Hypnosis).
How to do self hypnosis for sleep :
– To visually imagine yourself in a soothing place, in a control room where you can press the “sleep” button.
– Visualize a candle, paying attention to every detail: the size of the candleholder, its color, etc. Then make the flame grow until it turns into a sun. You can then feel it warming and softening all parts of the body as it sinks deeper and deeper into the bed.
– Listen to recordings in the evening before going to bed.