How many of your clients come in with complaints about their sleeping patterns? Most likely, there are more than you might hope. Barring any medical causes for a client’s inability to sleep (and we should always recommend medical checkups for clients), the therapist will want to work with the client to explore any underlying causes. 

The High Cost of Sleep Deprivation 

Treating clients’ sleep problems is very important. In addition to the myriad of physical health problems lack of adequate sleep can cause, clients may find that their mental health is also affected. Lack of sleep can cause memory difficulties and mood swings that contribute to the distress the client may experience. The anxiety this creates, not surprisingly, contributes to further impediments to developing healthy sleep patterns. 
In a similar way, many of the medical problems that develop, from obesity and diabetes to heart disease and gastric disorders, can create additional anxiety and contribute to a vicious cycle impacting the client’s ability to get enough sleep. While medication, including sleeping aids, can be administered to ameliorate some of these issues, the patient is best served by a strategy that sets total healing of mind and body for the client, eliminating the need for unnecessary medications. 
With talk therapy, this can be rather laborious and complicated. The physical problems that arise from lack of sleep, as well as the cognitive impairment that results, make it nearly impossible for the client to reason the way out of this vicious cycle. In fact, talking about it in and of itself can make the symptoms more severe. What can you, as a dedicated therapist, do to help? You can make suggestions, such as taking warm baths or staying away from electronic devices within an hour of bedtime, but these measures may or may not be enough. 

Manage Symptoms and Get to the Source

If you are trained as a hypnotist, or certified as a hypnotherapist, you have a toolbox filled with powerful aids that will help your clients. Both hypnosis and hypnotherapy operate by placing the client’s mind in a super-focused state where the subconscious and conscious parts of the mind can be in direct communication. This condition, also known as a trance state, has the effect of relaxing the client, which is always beneficial for those suffering from insomnia. 
With hypnosis, the therapist can use this state of mind, which creates a highly suggestible condition within the client’s psyche, to offer hypnotic suggestions. These might encourage behaviors such as finding ways to relax the mind and body, or creating visions of sleeping peacefully, without disturbance. Recordings can be created that help the client to progressively relax, listening nightly as they drift off to sleep. 
Hypnosis is a powerful tool when aiding a client who complains of insomnia. Even Web MD recognizes the power of hypnosis, and describes how it can be used to help people sleep better. There is much evidence suggesting that hypnosis can help people with sleep problems, but an even more powerful tool, hypnotherapy, delves even further into the client’s issues. 
Hypnotherapy views sleeplessness as a symptom of some deeper matter that is at the source of the client’s inability to rest. With hypnotherapy, the client is put in touch with the emotions they experience, let’s say, when they can’t sleep. They are encouraged to express these emotions, and then an emotional bridge is used to help the client to regress to an earlier time. 
Age regression allows the client to recognize how the emotion is rooted in experiences from previous times in life. If there is frustration, perhaps they recognize another moment in time when they had this feeling. It could have resulted from a minor misunderstanding, but often, it is the result of some sort of psychological trauma ranging from emotional abuse to sexual or physical abuse. 
Hypnotherapy recognizes that anxiety, such as the condition that plagues most people suffering from sleep deprivation, often arises due to unresolved trauma. The subconscious mind needs to process the emotions that were repressed at the time of the troubling incident(s), and cries out in the form of anxiety and other abreactions. 
Hypnotherapy allows the client to have a corrective experience, as the emotions are expressed. Then, the client recognizes the patterns that were created by faulty thought patterns and the habits or behaviors that developed as a result of them. Finally, the client is guided through a healing process, wherein a dialogue between the younger version revealed in the session is comforted by the loving adult parent the client becomes in order to give that younger part what is needed. 
Obviously, both hypnosis and hypnotherapy are powerful tools that can help you assist clients who need help with their sleep patterns. And, you can easily become trained in hypnosis or certified as a hypnotherapist with comprehensive programs offered by The Wellness Institute. 

Learn Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy at The Wellness Institute 

The Wellness Institute has trained therapists and others in the healing professions in hypnosis and hypnotherapy for more than three decades. Our programs are held online, with live teachers and fellow participants with whom you discuss the didactic work and experience the modalities as therapist, observer, and client. One of the features students love most about our programs is the opportunity they receive to do some healing of their own! 
Our Six Day Hypnotherapy Training and Certification program is known globally as a comprehensive course that allows students to become Certified Heart-Centered Hypnotherapists®. You will learn hypnosis, Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy with age regression, and how it is used to treat various client issues. 
If you would rather stay with the basics, we also offer a Two-Day Hypnosis Course that will give you the tools you need to induce trance, offer hypnotic suggestions, and help clients integrate new behaviors into their lives. If you decide to go deeper and learn hypnotherapy after completing the two day course, you will be given a substantial discount on the Six Day Program. 
Learning hypnosis and hypnotherapy is an investment in your career, and you will find that many new clients will come to you because you are trained in hypnosis and/or hypnotherapy. Don’t let your clients—or yourself—suffer needlessly.