Can You Really Be Hypnotised Whilst Sleeping?
The Theory Of Sleep Hypnosis Put To The Test - Can You Really Be Hypnotised Whilst Sleeping?Well, you would think yes…
But when you are hypnotised, although it seems like you are asleep - you are, in fact, not sleeping. Instead, you are in a sleep-like trance.
That's where a hypnotherapist, like myself, has induced you into a state of deep relaxation.
We do this by talking calmly and using verbal cues and suggestive imagery until you are eventually hypnotised.
This would usually happen at the count of one - down from 10 on a slow progressive countdown. Then, we use it again to wake you up.
It will appear that you are asleep, but instead, you are still conscious.
Your mind will be more focused than ever on the words, phrases and overall content. That way, you can register and remember and reflect on your general actions and behaviours.
Then, by repeating the process, but also - sometimes with the very first session you can alter your behaviour and change your frame of mind for the better.
On the other hand, sleep hypnosis implies a particular method of hypnotherapy that acutely works on the mind whilst you are sleeping.
Therefore, you will not be consciously aware, even possibly remembering what is said to you during the session.
In recent decades it has been speculated whether or not hypnotherapy performed when you are asleep is as effective.
I mean, if you are not consciously aware, then would it work? Would your dreams interrupt you from receiving the information?
The only way to find out is to dig a little deeper down the rabbit hole. So, I have researched this subject and here's what I found out…
Speculations over Sleep Hypnosis Taking Effect
It was James Braid, who in the 1840s gave us the term' hypnosis.' It comes from the Greek word 'Hypnos,' meaning sleep.
When Braid witnessed patients falling asleep to the mesmeric words of the doctor, who then followed with a sort of cognitive therapy - he was led to believe they had fallen asleep due to a build of fatigue. Then, the therapy acted as a de-stressing tool, which effectively relaxed the mind.
Yet, since then, it's been questioned that the term was inaccurately patented because patients under hypnosis are not asleep.
Most hypnotherapists would say that hypnotherapy's success requires the person to be partly awake.
During this semi-conscious, mesmerised state, it appears that you're not aware of anything, but instead, you are in a complete state of awareness.
When you are under hypnosis, your mind is tuned into everything the hypnotherapist says. All the background sound, as well as worry, is set rightly aside.
So, there is nothing to break your concentration!
This is where hypnotherapy is effective in being able to alter your mindset, especially if it is consumed with addiction or negative, even anxious thoughts.
So, if you were to ask someone - a hypnotherapist, even:
"Can you still be hypnotised in your sleep?"
They would probably say: 'No. You need to be partly conscious and awake when you listen to the session. Even though you fall into a sleep-like state, you will always need to be woken up at the end for the hypnotherapy to take effect.'
It always seemed like everyone was sceptical about this subject, yet I was never given hard evidence to carve the theory into stone.
So, I decided to go and do my research on the subject.
And here's what I found out…
Recent Studies On The Effectiveness Of Hypnosis Whilst Asleep
I've always followed the theory that there is no theory till it's backed up with evidence.
So, I thought it was time to delve into more recent history to find out the truth.
Can we really be hypnotised while we're asleep?...
I checked through my old files and researched psychological studies related to hypnotherapy whilst asleep.
And I was pleasantly surprised by the findings after hearing so much speculation surrounding the subject.
I went as far back as 1998, where over 20 years ago, a study was carried out in Johns Hopkins University, U.S.A.
The scientists tested the reaction of different audio tones on the subjects in three stages of conscious awareness. They performed the task on subjects when they were awake, during light and deep sleep.
They connected the subjects with electrodes, which tracked their brainwaves. This showed the results of their brain's interaction with the sounds on a computer screen.
Although most subjects could not pinpoint their awareness of the sounds, the computer results were precise. It showed that our brain was receptive to the sounds, even during deep sleep.
Later, in 2012, scientists used the musical video game 'Guitar Hero' in their study to test again the receptiveness of the human brain to sound, this time to music - when sleeping.
They found that when the subject took a nap and was in what is called 'slow-wave sleep' - they memorised the song better and played the game 'Guitar Hero' more effectively the next day.
However, my final conclusion was made with this last experiment, which was carried out in 2015 by Megan Scudelli.
Now, I believe this simply because recent advancements in computer technology have made neurological results more accurate than ever.
Scientists have developed the EEG machine (which is not so simple terms is short for electroencephalography).
It is so detailed with its results that it shows our mind doesn't completely switch off during sleep. Apart from dreaming, our mind is also busy reviewing and storing memories.
Scudelli's study shows that the mind responds particularly well to meaningful information when sleeping.
The EEG also showed our brain engaging with verbal information.
Therefore, it's safe to say that although we appear to be asleep, our mind is still active and working away.
It will receive and process information that we may not be completely aware of, but as shown by the 'Guitar Hero' study, we will memorise even better the next day.
So, I have put this theory to the test with my most recent project!
I have made a new selection of specialised self-hypnotherapy audio sessions that play for longer on a loop. They are specially designed to be played when you sleep.
Not only will it carry on the information from the other hypnotherapy sessions, allowing your mind to reinforce their knowledge. You can also fall asleep with them!
I am Hugh, your Hypnotherapist, and I am constantly researching new ways to implement sessions that will work harder at helping you take control of any issues you might have.
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