Hypnosis, which allows people to tap into their own inner potential for healing and change, is a serious and effective therapy, but it's also a very relaxing and enjoyable experience and a useful tool for treating many ailments, including insomnia that is caused by stress. It's non-invasive and does not involve drugs or their associated side effects. People can also be taught to hypnotize themselves, so they can continue treatment at home, as needed, whenever they have difficulty sleeping.
Surveys show the high percentages of people suffering sleep disorders:
During the course of discussion or as treatment progresses, the hypnotherapist might deem it necessary to explore root causes. The link between the mind and the body is well understood. Hypnotherapists understand that emotion from an unresolved issue can be held in the body, and the only obvious evidence of it might be in this unfortunate and involuntary behaviour. Getting to the root cause can put the client in a position of being able to review some unfinished business and gain a different perspective. Letting go of an old issue might be all that's needed.
Includes hypnosis as one of the recommended interventions for pain.
"In summary, some of our recent data suggest that there are a number of interacting reliable correlates of hypnotizability ... . None relate to suggestibility in the traditional sense. ... Hypnotizability is related to the ability to process cognitive information during sleep, to the physiological ease of falling asleep, and to a dimension of subjective sleep characteristics we have labeled the 'control of sleep' (involving ... the ability to fall asleep easily and readily at will, and the tendency to take naps). Additional data have suggested that the concept of absorption can be meaningfully divided into subfactors that reflect the volitional control over the absorption process that correlates with hypnotizability in both normal and patient populations. ... (C)ontrolled absorption correlates significantly with hypnotizability in both normal and patient populations--a result that might be predicted from the concept of multiple pathways as correlates of hypnotizability (J. R. Hilgard, 1970). ... Finally, both the control-of-sleep dimension and hypnotizability relate to the reductions of symptoms and psychopathology even when psychiatric patients are not treated with hynotic techniques" (pp. 164-165).
The author analyses the phenomenon of photogenic catalepsy from the evolutional phylogenetic approach, including the phenomenon as demonstrated in the cock, frog, guinea-pig and dog. The following points of view are discussed: the physiological changes, electroencephalography and electromyography in animals, and clinical narcolepsy in man. (Review in AJCH.)
From the book review by Stanley Abrams, AJCH: [The book] "is more philosophical and mystical than scientific. ... [and describes] the four states of consciousness: sleep, waking, awakeness, and objective consciousness. ... For man to attain completeness and normalcy he must achieve the state of awakeness. According to the author, however, only a relatively few have approached this stage of consciousness and his description of it is quite vague. When one has reached awakeness he is able to understand and actually perceive the world in a novel and unique manner. ... The final stage of awareness, objective consciousness, is characterized as the experiencing of cosmic phenomena in the same fashion as external reality is understood in the awakened state. The author indicated that this stage has not as yet been attained by man, but it does lie within his potential. ... The only treatment of hypnosis is the author's statement that the waking state is the same as the hypnotic state because suggestibility exists in both" (p. 96).
The book summarizes research on sleep therapy conducted at the Pavlov Clinic for Nervous Diseases, at the Pavlov Institute of the
In waking, hypnosis, and sleep states 6 subjects were tested for knee-jerk height, key pressing to metronome signal, doing sums, recalling a story, etc. The Summary states:
Describes use of hypnosis in treating "combat fatigue" in field conditions during the Pacific campaigne of WWII. Hypnosis was utilized for sleep and rest in tent hospitals in or near combat to avoid chemical sedation as well as for reliving and mastering traumatic events. The milleau was one of expectant recovery with patients pitching tents, digging foxholes and serving as litter bearers. Psychiatric admissions were 12.8% of the total with return to duty rates varying with intensity of combat and duration of campaign with over half returned to comabt duty. Four detailed cases are reported.