Not being able to ever seem to get a good night’s sleep can be very frustrating. However, it can also be a lot more than that, as sleep deprivation can actually be very bad for both your physical and your mental health. What many of those who struggle with insomnia do not realize however is that where counting sheep and warm milk at bedtime might not have helped them solve their problem a visit to a practitioner offering hypnosis in New York City may very well be the answer.
What Causes Insomnia?
Insomnia can be caused by many different things and there are different kinds of insomnia. Short term insomnia may be the result of an illness, or pain from an injury, anxiety over a recent or upcoming event (a job interview perhaps) or even just from having eaten dinner a little too late in the evening. This type of sleeplessness is occasional and usually resolves itself within a night or two.
Long term insomnia is quite a different matter. A difficulty in falling – or staying asleep – that lasts for more than a week is usually classified and long term insomnia and once it has taken hold it can be difficult to remedy.
Part of the problem is that in those who suffer from chronic insomnia an anxiety about falling asleep in general develops. Sufferers unconsciously condition their own mind to expect that falling asleep will be a struggle and so it very often is. And the more nights a person struggles to sleep the more anxious they become at bedtime, setting up a vicious cycle that often no amount of sheep counting or herbal remedies – or even over the counter sleep aids – can overcome.
Hypnosis in Medieval Times: All About the Chickens
In Europe, hypnosis took an odd turn in the Medieval era. It became a popular way for farmers to get more from their hens. How? Various farmers across Britain and Europe claimed that they had learned that by ‘hypnotizing’ their laying fowl they could not only calm them in order to help them lay better but but to avoid ‘bad behaviors’ like sitting on other hens’ eggs and aggressive pecking.
Hypnosis NYC and Sleep
Although it is far more accessible – and accepted – to mainstream patients than it once was there are still many things that people do not understand about hypnosis. They often think, for example, that a hypnotized person has been ‘put to sleep’, but that is not the case. During a hypnosis session you remain aware and conscious, the mind is simply provided with a framework to help it ‘turn off’ and allow it – and the body that houses it – to reach a relaxed state. Just the right state to promote sleep.
Sleep hypnosis can do more than just help end insomnia though, it can also promote a better night’s sleep in general. The most restorative sleep – the stuff we all need to remain healthy occurs during non REM, or deep sleep. A hypnosis NYC session for sleep management can be very helpful in promoting more of this kind of essential sleep too.
Does Sleep Hypnosis Really Work?
The one thing most people want to know before they try it of course is does sleep hypnosis really work? Research suggests that yes, it can. Numerous studies have been conducted in several different countries – including the US – that have demonstrated that hypnosis can have a positive impact on long term insomnia, nightmares and night terrors, and even sleepwalking, so at the very least if you suffer from insomnia it is certainly worth giving a try.