Sophia has experienced insomnia and incomplete nights for many years. She cannot remember the last time she had a restful night’s sleep. Either she falls asleep easily but wakes up after 4 or 5 hours, without being able to go back to sleep, or she manages to fall asleep only in the early morning and has a lot of trouble getting out of bed when her alarm clock rings. Every night the anxiety of not sleeping catches her. And every morning she has to overcome her fatigue to face her day.
It’s like a vicious circle that has settled. This type of sleep disorder is exhausting, and can drain much of the joy from life.
She Tried “Everything” To Overcome Insomnia
It is with this symptom that she comes in for a consult, without really believing that hypnosis can help her. She tried everything, she told me, but she is ready for a new experience.
At first, I ask her if medical reasons explain this insomnia. Has she, for example, had a sleep apnea test? However, Sophie consulted various doctors who did not identify any medical reason for her situation.
Resolving The Root Cause Of Insomnia
We can then start our work together. Sophie tells me that she would like to have a deep restorative sleep, and feel rested and energized in the morning. I help her with my questions to identify the root cause of this problem. After the first session, her stress level dropped sharply. When I saw her the next week, she announces that she has slept one or two hours more each night than usual. Sophie has a personal story that explains her insomnia. For years she tried to repress certain events of her life, but thanks to hypnosis, she was able to digest her story, regain her energy and resume a normal life. In a few sessions, her insomnia was nothing but a bad memory.
Hypnosis is a brief therapy that can solve various psychological or physical problems (such as recurrent pain that has no medical reason).
Of course, hypnosis doesn’t replace medical care, but for issues that seem to have no medical reason, such as Sophie’s insomnia, it can be quite effective. Hypnosis does not replace medical treatment.