Nightmares can be worse than insomnia. You’ll fall asleep at the end of your day with and then, for some reason that you don’t understand, you wake up in a cold sweat, terrified. Thinking happy thoughts isn’t working. The nightmares plague you, making you anxious and tired all the time, always on edge. All you want is a good night’s sleep but eventually even simply falling asleep terrifies you because you’re afraid that you’ll end up in that nightmare again. Using hypnosis can help. You can talk to a hypnotherapist about what is scaring you when you fall asleep and she can help you find out why you’re afraid, help you get past it so that you can sleep again.
Sleep Deprivation Affects the Mind
The hours that you sleep at night are when your subconscious gets to sort of run wild. Your mind is uninhibited while you sleep and you work things out that you don’t even know you’re working out.
- Extra stress and anxiety. Nightmares can evolve into night terrors, or other parasomnias*, which lead to chronic anxiety in your waking hours. This makes it even more difficult to get a good night’s sleep.
- An unknown condition could be causing your nightmares.* You could be so afraid to fall asleep or terrified of your nightmares in general that you don’t seek the medical attention that you might need.
- Your work or attention to children and family could be affected. If you’re constantly on edge from not being able to sleep soundly, it can make going to work and/or taking care of a family a problem.
You want to feel better, unburdened by what you feel when you wake up from a nightmare or what you fear before you go to sleep and you can!
How Fear Hypnosis Can Help You
Your subconscious is what gives you your dreams. During your waking hours, you may not be able to access your subconscious in order to see what it is that’s making you so afraid while you sleep. Your hypnotherapist can help you dive into the depths of that area of your mind, exploring your fears and their causes in a relaxed and controlled environment. This journey is all about you, about the goals that you want for yourself, and your hypnotherapist is there as a catalyst to help you achieve them.
Before your fear hypnosis session:
- Write down what you can remember about your nightmares
- Try and record how frequently nightmares occur
- Know your goals and be clear about them with your hypnotherapist
- Think about any stressors from your nightmares that occur during your waking hours
Using these points, as well as the guiding hand of your hypnotherapist, you’ll be able to sleep soundly again, without worrying about waking up in the middle of the night as a terrified mess.
You can uncover your fears and learn how to overcome them. All hypnosis is self-hypnosis. With the tools that you gain from your hypnotherapist, you’ll be able to continually overcome fears and nightmares.
* Hilary Evans is a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist; she is not a medical doctor. These conclusions are drawn from common knowledge and outside research.