If you have difficulties sleeping or suffer from insomnia, you may want to consider hypnosis for sleep. We'll answer the question of whether hypnosis works for sleep, what to do for sleep and anxiety issues, and what research says about using hypnosis for insomnia. We'll also share some tips for self-hypnosis along with some YouTube videos to help guide you should you decide hypnotherapy is right for you.

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Does it Work?

Hypnosis and Sleep

Hypnosis and Insomnia

Self-hypnosis for Sleep

Sleep Hypnosis Videos

Does it Work?

Everyone wants to know if hypnosis will work for sleep and insomnia. Many studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of hypnotic suggestions to improve the quality and duration of sleep. One methodology seems to be that hypnosis increases the amount and duration of slow wave sleep (SWS). Meta-analyses found hypnotherapy significantly shortened sleep latency.

Hypnotherapy may improve sleep issues including:

  • Nightmares

  • Nocturnal epilepsies

  • Obstructive sleep apneas

  • Rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder

  • Sleep terrors

  • Sleep waking

Hypnosis and Sleep

Many studies have found hypnosis beneficial for sleep. Some studies have focused on improving the quality and duration of sleep, while others have sought to reduce the number of parasomnia events, such as sleep walking or nightmares. Another approach is to address issues related to anxiety and sleep.

Hypnotherapy treatment will vary depending on your particular needs and the therapist you see. An example of hypnosis for sleep may consist of imagining seeing yourself in a movie which shows you having a good night of sleep. You might visualize yourself going to bed, closing your eyes, entering a light sleep, and then a deeper sleep, with no issues. Your hypnotherapist may make suggestions, which may include that you are safe now or that you no longer experience any sleep issues.

Hypnotherapy Study for Sleep



Changes over Time:



Much improved



Much improved but little improvement on later follow-ups



No improvement initially but improved on later follow-ups



Little or no improvement on any of the 3 follow-ups

Hypnosis and Insomnia

Based on a meta-analysis of six randomized controlled trials on hypnosis and seven on autogenic training or guided imagery, research has concluded that hypnosis is effective for insomnia. However, generalizing these results is difficult because of the small sample sizes of the studies.

Hypnosis can also help with anxiety, another issue commonly faced by people suffering from insomnia.

7-step Self-hypnosis for Sleep

Here's a step-by-step guide for using self-hypnosis to help you sleep.

Step 1. Prepare your sleeping area and environment.

Step 2. Lay down and relax.

Step 3. Close your eyes.

Step 4. Focus on your breathing.

Step 5. Imagine yourself in a relaxing place, including sight, smell, sound, and touch.

Step 6. Make suggestions to yourself for a good night's rest free from problems.

Step 7. Practice.

Sleep Hypnosis YouTube Videos

Here are some assorted hypnosis videos on YouTube to help you with sleep, motivation, anxiety, lucid dreaming, procrastination, insomnia, weight loss and more.


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Lucid Dreaming

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Weight Loss

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Yeung, Wing-Fai, et al. "Hypnotherapy for Insomnia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials". Complementary Therapies in Medicine, vol. 23, no. 5, Oct. 205AD, pp. 719-732., doi:10.5353/th_b4357215.