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THE MAYO CLINIC DEFINITION OF INSOMNIA


“Insomnia is a persistent disorder that can make it hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep or both, despite the opportunity for adequate sleep. With insomnia, you usually awaken feeling unrefreshed, which takes a toll on your ability to function during the day. Insomnia can sap not only your energy level and mood but also your health, work performance and quality of life. "How much sleep is enough varies from person to person. Most adults need seven to eight hours a night. Many adults experience insomnia at some point, but some people have long-term (chronic) insomnia. Insomnia may be the primary problem, or it may be secondary due to other causes, such as a disease or medication.” 


Hypnosis can certainly help with some forms of insomnia.  Hypnosis cannot help insomnia where traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s, dementia or other serious brain injury or certain underlying diseases are present.  As insomnia may be due to many different causes, ask your doctor if he or she believes hypnosis can help with your type of insomnia. As I spent eight years working in a sleep lab studying the control of breathing during sleep with Dr. Eliot A. Phillipson and a shorter time with Dr. Colin Edward Sullivan at the University of Toronto, people sometimes ask me if hypnosis or the Botyeko method of breathing can help with sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder. (Dr. Sullivan was the inventor of CPAP, a device used to help those suffering from sleep apnea.)  To the best of my knowledge, the answer is no on both counts.  If you can show me a publication in a reputable, peer-review medical journal that states otherwise, I will reconsider my position. 

TIPS FOR A BETTER NIGHT'S SLEEP


Optimize your environment:

*    Remove electronics from the

      bedroom. 

*   Keep the temperature cool.

*   Have comfortable bed, pillows &

     coverings.

*   A dark, quiet room is conducive to

     better sleep.

*   Humidify if the air is too dry.

Avoid eating heavy meals before going to bed.

Limit or avoid caffeine, nicotine or alcohol.

Have daily exercise.

Stick to a sleep schedule. 

Learn self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques.

Acquire stress-management skills.