Can Hypnosis Help You Sleep Better?


Its benefits stretch beyond improving your weight loss and fitness mindset; people are using hypnosis to break bad habits, improve self-confidence, even sleep better at night.

How does it work?

Hypnosis is “a state of consciousness in which the mind becomes very adaptable to change,” explains Certified Hypnotherapist John McGrail. “The subconscious mind will listen to whatever you tell it without the critical conscious mind in the way.” It’s not magic, then, but focused meditation and relaxation. These have certainly been proven to aid in a sound sleep!

“Hypnosis can be a very, very powerful tool to help a person sleep better,” says McGrail, C.Ht. While hypnotherapy isn’t being posited as a cure for complex sleeping disorders, it can address many factors involved in a sleepless night, like stress, busy schedules and bad sleep habits.

Ahh, Relaxation

Many insomniacs simply can’t turn their brains off at night. When the lights go out, their conscious minds light up with thoughts and worries. If hypnosis is used to help a person quell mental jibber-jabber and create a calm mental platform, that could certainly help one fall asleep faster and sleep more soundly.

“If a person is just dealing with a lot of stress in their lives and they’re having some sleepless nights, hypnosis can be very powerful because it relaxes the mind and the body,” McGrail explains. Listening to a hypnosis CD before bed, then, may release you into a deep, peaceful slumber.

Time for Some Good Old-Fashioned “Beauty Sleep”

Maybe the ticket to a full night’s rest is acknowledging that we actually deserve it. Sleep, like many of our bodies’ needs, often gets postponed until we’ve taken care of “more important” things. And some, as they stoically rise out of bed at 4 a.m., even scoff at sleep as a luxury.

It’s time to shift gears: sufficient sleep, exercise and nutrition are not luxuries but necessities. Perhaps the best part about hypnotherapy programs is that they teach us how to be kinder to ourselves. If we can learn more self-compassion, it will make sense to us that there’s no better investment of time than taking care of our bodies. That includes logging at least 7-8 hours of sleep a night.

A Sea Change for Your Sleep Schedule

Hypnosis is a helpful tool for rewriting habits. That means a hypnotherapy program could help you replace acts of sleep sabotage—getting stuck in the Yahoo! newsfeed ’til 4 a.m., sneaking out for a Taco Bell “fourth meal”—with a more positive approach.

For health, longevity and happiness, your body needs quality sleep. If you’re considering hypnotherapy, or are already using it for other goals, you should definitely take advantage of this time while your mind is open to embrace a pro-sleep mindset. Soon you’ll be popping in a hypnosis CD, pasting cucumbers on your eyes, and drifting off to a divine 8 hours of sleep every night…

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Chelsea Bush is a writer on the Ask Fitness Coach team and has covered fitness, health and wellness topics for several magazines. Her favorite ways to get fit: cycling, resistance training and keeping up with her boxer, Greta. Follow her fitness tweets at