Does listening to hypnosis while sleeping work?

This article will show you how using hypnosis while sleeping will improve sleep, your mind, and your life.

Hypnotherapy was designed as a subconscious counseling method. 

Clients are led into a trance-like state then advised to employ various techniques, including suggestion, persuasion, guided imagery, and post-hypnotic suggestions to modify behaviors and mental patterns. 

But can this process work while you are sleeping?  

The answer, of course, is yes. 

Hypnosis while sleeping can provide multiple benefits, including better sleep, more energy, and resolutions to the issues you need resolving.

In sleep, the mind retains awareness of the external world. During hypnosis, learning and memory processes are still possible. The hypnotic state results from the brain’s ability to act per various brain states, among which sleep is one. 

Hypnosis is effective based on the improvement observed in both waking and sleeping persons.

Also, a person’s progress in hypnosis is unique according to their experiences. It is therefore essential for everyone to examine their objectives, goals, and results.

The process is safe for everyone from children to adults, because it’s a natural as breathing. Everyone alive goes into a trance, and we can use these states to help ourselves even while sleeping. 

How Hypnosis Works While You Sleep?

When you fall asleep, your brain waves slow down until they become almost entirely still, so there isn’t much activity in your conscious mind. 

However, your subconscious mind is still as active as ever.

This means that if you listen to hypnosis recordings while you’re sleeping, you’ll still be accessing your subconscious mind. 

What you need to understand is that hypnosis is all about the subconscious mind. This is because the power to change is in the subconscious. 

Your conscious mind, more times than not, just gets in the way.

So, believe it or not, for a clinical hypnotherapist, the biggest take is to get your thinking mind out of the way. So we want conscious brain activity to slow down as much as possible. 

Once the conscious mind is in a reduced state, it’s easier for the subconscious to do what you direct. Remember, the conscious mind is there to question, weigh, debate, and ponder. This is great for your daily living, but that’s the last thing you need in hypnosis.   

To get around your conscious mind, a hypnotist will use all kinds of tricks of dissociation to get your imagination to run away with you.  

But you’d be surprised at how effective this process can be when you’re in a deep sleep state. 

Keep in mind that your subconscious never sleeps or shuts off. Instead, it stays awake even while your dreaming. 

So the argument that many uninformed people make about you needing to be awake to hear the hypnosis session is absolute hogwash. 

A hypnotherapist or hypnotist is NEVER talking to your conscious thinking mind ever.

You may think they are, and it may help them get you into a trance if you’re thinking that way. But from the time you sit in the recliner till they bring you out, they are talking to your subconscious exclusively. 

Sometimes you even fall asleep in the chair during the session. But that doesn’t matter because you still received the hypnotic suggestion. 

I’ve seen this happen multiple times. For example, I’m in the middle of a session with someone, and I’ll start to hear soft snoring.

(All this tells me is that sleep deprivation in our modern world is at pandemic levels, but I digress…)

But even though she’s snoring, she follows all the instructions I give her, including hand signals. And, when it’s time to come out of trance Susan, pops right out, looking around and yawning. 

The same would work for audio suggestions through hypnotic recordings played while she slept. The only exception would be the hand signals; she might dream about doing them instead of doing them in bed.

Are you really sleeping? 

If you wake up after the session is over, that’s trace. If you wake up with the earbuds wrapped around your neck, that’s sleep.

Richard Bandler

Another issue that doesn’t get brought up in the sleep hypnotherapy debate is clicking out. 

Click-outs is a term I learn and first experienced from the work of Bob Monroe and Hemi sync. 

It feels like sleep, even deep sleep, except it lasts for only a few seconds but can last longer. 

According to the Monroe Institute’s research, a click-out happens when your being is adjusting to finer or higher energy grades.  

This happens to people who first begin meditating as well. In fact, some of the not-so-comfortable-looking postures in meditation disciplines were designed to keep students from clicking out.  

And guess what? Hypnosis is energy work. In fact, it started out as energy work. Thank you, Mr. Mesmer. 

So if you’re doing work on yourself, be it with a hypnotherapist or self-hypnosis, there will come the point where you’re going to reach a more profound place inside yourself. 

This will absolutely cause you to click the bleep out. 

These click-outs might get mistaken for sleep, but they’re not. But they are an extraordinary happening.

If you start experiencing them during self-hypnosis or your meditations, then keep doing what you’re doing.  

Because it means you’re opening up to more of you.  

Your subconscious mind never turns off

More accurately, your mind does not shut off. In a trance and in sleep, this is true. 

Have you ever fell asleep watching a television show only to find yourself dreaming about that same show if not staring in it yourself?  

Now what part of your mind moved your awareness into the show, complete with real-life sets, characters, and you?

How about we let the Neuroscientist argue over that one? While we use the mind, we have the best we can.   

It’s also good to remember that we are not always in a deep sleep. Throughout the night, we are going through one of four stages of sleep, lasting anywhere from 1 minute to 1 hour. So a 20-30 minute hypnosis session played on repeat will have an effect on you.

People can argue how effective it is as you move through the different stages of sleep if they like. 

It’s been my experience that it affects all four stages, but in any event, you can benefit from this practice.    

Not only that, but this is one of those methods that doesn’t require you to do any special training.

You can start by playing some popular YouTube hypnosis videos at night while you fall asleep. However, I would recommend that you start with the work of a professional Hypnotherapist just so you know you are getting good quality content. 

It would also be a good idea to learn how to hypnotize yourself, and you can learn to do that for free here. Beyond that, you’re going to have to experiment.

Sleep hypnotherapy is still a subject up for debate in many circles. What you’re getting here is based on my experiences. Truth be told, I started having more success when I started making my own recordings and experimenting.

And you don’t need to be clinical or certified anything, just curious enough to try.  


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