Trouble Sleeping? Hypnotize Yourself to Sleep
We live in a culture that encourages 24-hour alertness. It is a lot of pressure to stay alert for so long and obviously, none of us can do it. Even so, we all find ourselves attempting to stay awake longer and delay fatigue for reasons such as hitting our work targets. In doing so, we end up having to deal with the unintended consequences of pushing our bodies too hard.
I have been in such situations, too. The pressure to achieve goals and always do more push me to stay alert longer. The only problem is that we are teaching our bodies to go against the natural rhythm that they are used to.
Of course, if you have trained your body to stay active even when it should be resting, this eventually becomes your pattern. The thing is, it comes with one problem in particular. And that is being unable to sleep even when you want to. The mind and body are trained to resist sleep when it is time to. As time goes by, the process of the body shutting down and going to sleep becomes a signal to stay alert. This is commonly referred to as sleep resistance. It can cause frustration and anticipatory anxiety if you do want to fall asleep.
Intrusive bedtime thoughts
From my experience with insomnia, I can tell you that falling asleep is not easy if you have done anything to mess up with your circadian rhythm. I had trouble shutting intrusive thoughts out. I would also find myself awake at awkward times of the night thinking about all sorts of things.
Hypnosis to fall asleep
I had to do something about my problematic nights. But I did not intend to use any medication to help me fall asleep. I was introduced to self-hypnosis by a friend and I must say it has worked like a charm for me. The trick is to learn how to go into the hypnotic trance while still entertaining intrusive thoughts. So for me, the idea was to go through the sleep process while experiencing consciousness rather than attempting to push away anything that would encourage my consciousness.
Hypnotize yourself to sleep
The process is nothing complicated and before you know it, you will be fast asleep.
First off, find a place that is relaxing and get yourself comfortable. You can only fall asleep if your body is in a restful position.
Now find something to focus on whether it is a painting or a part on the wall. Say the words, “My eyelids are heavy, I’m falling asleep,” to yourself every 5 minutes or so.
Check your breathing as well. Breathe out heavily as if sighing. You don’t have to force the heavy breathing. Just sigh every now and then just so it feels like a release.
As for your mind, find a relaxing memory you can play back in your mind so that it is what you are focusing on. Having a relaxing word you can say to yourself also helps, whether it’s the name of a place or something or the word “peace” itself.
Take in deep breaths and hold them in. Before you know it, your eyelids will actually be heavy and you will find that you fell asleep.
Getting to sleep shouldn’t be hard if you know what to do. It did not come easy for me so you shouldn’t expect it to work so easily for you either even though people are different. You could check Self-Hypnosis for Restful Sleep, a digital product from The Unexplainable Store that helped me a great deal in my struggle to fall asleep.
The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health cited a study about sleep hypnosis. You may read about it here.