5 Questions About Sleep from a Hypnotherapist
By Brooke Lemke, Hypnotherapist at Genesis Health System
Sleep is one of my favorite topics to discuss with all of my clients because it is vital to our health and well-being. Yet so many people lack the quality sleep that allows the mind, body, and emotions to heal. When we have a poor night’s sleep, we are unable to cope with stress, unable to make healthy eating choices, and we can feel physically fatigued.
I also talked about sleep in a Facebook Live Q&A a couple week ago. Check it out below:
Here are five questions I ask my clients who have trouble with sleep:
1. What is your evening routine?
What you do before bed sets you up for a good or poor night’s sleep. If you are activating your brain with television or watching the news, it can take time for the mind to unwind. Eating unhealthy food can be a factor of poor sleep, too. We look at your nighttime habits and discuss what we can do to improve your overall routine.
2. How are you falling asleep?
We look at if you’re falling asleep quickly or if your thoughts are keeping you up. Hypnotherapy is a successful tool to helping slow down the mind and clear it so you can fall asleep quickly. If thoughts, worries, stresses, or anxieties are holding you back from falling asleep, we want to address those so you can fall asleep quickly and easily.
3. Are you waking up at night?
There are many factors that can cause you to wake up in the middle of the night. Physically, we look at if you’re waking up because you’re uncomfortable and in pain, or if it’s out a bodily need like using the restroom or drinking water.
Mentally, we look at if you’re waking up feeling anxious, worried, or stressed. Are you waking up from emotionally stressful dreams? Hypnotherapy helps the subconscious on all of these levels: mental, emotional, and physical.
4. What quality of sleep are you getting? And how many hours?
Are you getting a deep sleep but with fewer hours? Or are you sleeping a lot and getting a light sleep? We want to achieve three REM cycles a night and reach the three different dream states.
If we don’t achieve a deep sleep for three REM cycles, we will wake up in the morning just as overloaded as we were when we went to bed. The mind needs to vent in the third dream state for us to wake up rested and refreshed.
5. How do you wake up in the morning?
How you wake up can change through hypnosis. A few suggestions can train the brain for you to wake up in the manner you desire. Do you want to wake up rested, refreshed, energized, ready-to-go, or clear minded? You can through hypnotherapy! The subconscious loves sleep suggestions, and you can see an improvement in sleep in an average of 1-3 sessions!
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