Hypnosis Q & A with Cheryl Beshada C.M. Ht.

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Hypnotherapy is the art of using the hypnotic state to elicit positive change and improvement in beliefs, behaviors and physical conditions.

Below are answers that may help you understand hypnosis better and decide if it is right for you!

Q.  Can hypnosis help insomnia? Sometimes I can fall asleep ok, but I wake up a few hours later and can’t fall back asleep. 

A.  Hypnosis can be very helpful for all types of insomnia, whether you can’t fall asleep initially or wake up frequently after falling asleep. Learning self-hypnosis can be very helpful in guiding you back to sleep after awakening during the night. Hypnosis is in-between being awake and asleep. When we are awake, the brain wave levels are in Beta at about 15 to 30 cycles per second (cps). Light hypnosis occurs in the Alpha range at about 7 to 15 cps, and deeper hypnosis occurs in the Theta brain wave levels, 3 to 7 cps. When sound asleep, the brain waves are at the Delta range, which is about .5 to 3 cps. Worrisome thoughts of the day, stressors, or concerns can wake people up during the night to get their attention. Once they are back up and awake, it can be very difficult to get back down to the sleep levels of Delta. Here’s where hypnosis comes in. Specifically formulated hypnotic suggestions and/or self-hypnosis can gently ease the person down from Beta to Alpha, Theta, and then to the sleep levels of Delta.   

There are Three Types of Insomnia. 

Type I – Has difficulty getting to sleep initially 

Type II – Awakens frequently during the night 

Type III – Awakens frequently at night and can’t get back to sleep.  

Usually, we use a three-session format; however, many people feel relief after one session and sleep much better after two sessions. A professional hypnotist can formulate a specific program to help you meet your goals and get a good night’s sleep. 

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