Here at the Simmons Mattress Blog, we have talked a lot about the topic of insomnia. We’ve discussed sleeping pills, reviewed a book on insomnia and presented the cold hard facts (42% of North Americans suffer from it).
Our advice has always been to start with a new mattress. It’s practical, comforting both for your mental and physical state and it offers no creepy side effects.
But for those of you looking for an alternative cure, we thought we could do a short analysis on the practice of hypnotherapy, as solution to your restless nights.
Hypnosis has been used as a treatment for sleep disorders for the last eighty years. It involves the help of a trained hypnotherapist to induce a trance-like state. From this state, the patient and therapist can explore the problems and issues surrounding the patient’s inability to receive adequate amounts of rest.
Since the patient may be vulnerable during the procedure, it is important that both parties agree on what topics and procedures will be covered during the patient’s trance.
A common part of the therapy is creating effective sleep patterns that the patient can then use at home.
These sleep patterns can also take the form of self-hypnosis.
Self-hypnosis involves regulated breathing, positive statements and occasionally, imaginary or factual settings where the patient can escape to.
Most routines start with a slow, calculated release of body tension. Each part of the body is focused on and tension is released during a conditioned exhale. In practice, this should allow the patient to reach a state similar to one prompted by a therapist.
At this point, the patient repeats affirmative statements that express a desire to sleep. An example is: “My body is now ready to sleep. My body is now ready to sleep. My body…” This involves short countdowns as well.
For this method to work at home, the patient must eliminate all distracting stimuli from the sleeping environment. This allows for better focus.
To improve this focus, Simmons would like to repeat our suggestion of a new mattress. Although, lying on a Simmons, you may not get through the body part portion before you’re lost in sleep. We guess that’s a good thing.