Like many conditions, common underlying causes for insomnia often lie in our diet, exercise habits (or lack thereof), and stress. Even other mental health diagnoses may present symptoms that affect our ability to fall asleep and stay asleep. For some, sleeping medication is a reliable treatment, but the mysteries around the human sleep cycle make medication not an option for everyone. Side effects like potential dependence, memory issues, and ironically, drowsiness. Lucky there are other treatments, and many in development, for those suffering with sleep disorders, other than medication.
Because of the sensitive and highly individualized nature of sleep, therapeutic and personal approaches to sleep disorders have been looking towards sleep hypnosis methods. Much more than just a magician’s party trick, the science behind hypnosis lies deep within our unconscious mind; hypnosis is really just a practice in suggestibility. Most studies taken on the effects of hypnosis and sleep behavior have shown positive results at around 60% beneficial.
On third of our life is spent asleep, shouldn’t we do all we can to ensure we’re getting the most of our time in dreamland? Take a look at this infographic for more on the state of our collective sleep, developing therapies for insomnia and other sleep conditions, and how hypnotherapy could be the key for some in their nightly sleep struggles.