The world of NLP and Hypnotherapy are closely linked. I have posted this link and information for all those who suffer from a poor nights sleep. You can check out our Hypnotherapy site on www.stafford-hypnotherapy.co.uk
My shopping basket had enough sleeping aids to tranquillise a hippopotamus. Kalms and Nytol tablets, alongside pillow mist – infused with soothing essential oils of geranium, rose and thyme – and candles labelled ‘Relax’ and ‘Peace’ to burn before bedtime.
The woman at the counter gave me a sympathetic smile but I was too exhausted to respond. I was desperate for a decent night’s sleep.
My insomnia – a condition that affects nearly a third of Britons at some point – had such an innocuous beginning. A trivial argument with a friend in August 2006 had left me furious and unable to sleep as I replayed the conversation over and over in my head.
At 4am I crept into the lounge and put on the TV. Eventually the noise of the programmes drowned out the conversation going on in my head and I fell asleep.
That should have been the end of it, but it wasn’t. For the next night, and every night after, the same thing happened. I’d go to bed at 11pm and find myself getting angry or upset at things that had gone on during the day. By 4am I’d be on the sofa, watching TV and drifting off.
Throughout 2007, I existed on three or four hours’ sleep a night. I was moody, irritable and constantly close to tears.
I bought all sorts of miracle cures including homeopathic pills and tapes of soothing music. I had long baths, exercised more and cut down on alcohol, as experts advised. Nothing worked.
By January this year I was worse than ever. I dropped off to sleep quickly but woke between one and three in the morning. It was unbearable.
Even giving up my stressful job on a newspaper in May didn’t help, and by July I was begging my GP for sleeping tablets. As he wrote a prescription for a powerful tranquilliser, I asked him about hypnotherapy – something I’d seen on the internet.
Hypnosis is a trance-like mental state induced by verbal suggestions that aim to get the patient into a state of deep relaxation. The suggestions can be made by a therapist or be self-induced.
Hypnosis is recognised by the British Medical Association and has been used successfully as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome, as an alternative to chemical anaesthesia, and to treat skin conditions.
And many therapists claim to be able to treat insomnia.
So, would it help me? ‘It works for some patients,’ my GP said, shaking his head. ‘But I wouldn’t … ‘
The tranquillisers did work and I enjoyed nights of blissful sleep. But as soon as I skipped a dose, the insomnia returned. I realised if my mind was stopping me sleeping, it was my mind that had to be treated.
Debilitating: Insomnia affects nearly a third of Britons at some point in their lives (posed by model)
So a few days later I was at Philip Batchelor’s practice in Greenwich – the closest to my London home – agreeing to be put into a hypnotic trance.
The long-held popular view is that hypnosis is a form of unconsciousness and that the hypnotherapist is able to access all those thoughts and feelings that we are not aware of but affect our lives.
However, experts now believe hypnosis is a wakeful state in which the attention becomes focused, causing a diminished awareness of the surrounding environment and a heightened state of suggestibility.
Batchelor claims 80 per cent of his patients need between one and three sessions to help them sleep again. Of the rest, half need more than three sessions and the others don’t respond.
‘The effects are permanent,’ he says. ‘If clients do return because their sleep pattern has become disturbed once again, then it is normally because something new has happened to cause that.’
Personally, I was willing to try anything. Batchelor asked me to follow a crystal pendant he waved in front of my eyes. Next he asked me to lie down and his gentle voice calmed me.
As he coaxed me to breathe more deeply and told me to relax each part of my body in turn, I began to go into a trance. All I heard were odd phrases telling me how relaxed I was.
Then, from being in a blissful state where I was so relaxed that I could hardly move, the moment I heard Batchelor say ‘In a minute, I’ll bring you round’, I was fully alert as he counted down from three.
A slightly dizzy, lightheaded feeling remained for about ten minutes after I sat up and I needed a big glass of water to quench my raging thirst.
After the hour- long session, which cost £65, I left with a CD to play at home to reinforce the treatment until my next visit five days later. Batchelor warned that I might need two or three sessions.
The night after the second session I woke up – but at 7am with sunlight pouring through the curtains. I felt elated. It’s a fluke, I thought, until the same thing happened the next night, and every night after that.
Whether you can receive hypnotherapy on the NHS depends on your local Primary Care Trust. Chelmsford GP Les Brann prescribes it for his patients but he warns it won’t work for everyone.
‘With naturally short sleepers, no amount of therapy is going to make any difference,’ he says. ‘And waking early in the morning is often a sign of depression, so the GP would need to ensure there wasn’t an underlying reason such as that.
‘The people I would refer are those who normally sleep well but are going through a bad spell for a reason such as a bereavement or divorce.’
Four months on and I am still sleeping well. Insomnia was ruining my working life and relationships but now I feel able to cope with the stresses of everyday life. I am calmer, happier and just annoyed that the cynic in me stopped me going to hypnotherapy sooner.
Oh, and I’ve thrown out all those herbal remedies.
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