Is It OK To Fall Asleep During A Hypnosis Session?


If you wake up right after the music stops, that’s hypnosis. If you wake up three hours later with your earbuds wrapped around your head, that’s sleep.

Dr. Richard Bandler, Author, and Co-founder of Neuro-linguistic programming

So you went to try hypnosis, but you don’t remember what happened—you just kind of blanked out. Or even worst, you caught yourself sleeping.

Afterward, you asked if it was ok that you fell asleep while they were hypnotizing you? Did it still work? And your hypnotherapist confidently assures you all went well, but you’re not so sure.

However, you can relax because your hypnotist is correct.

The effectiveness of hypnosis does not diminish‌ ‌if‌ ‌you‌ ‌fall‌ ‌asleep because the brain doesn’t shut off. In fact, it’s perfectly safe and normal to fall asleep during hypnosis if it was really sleeping you experienced.

We’ll talk about the differences further down but remember your hypnotherapist uses their voice to take you into a trance and to count you back of it again.

So no matter how deep you go, they are right there with you, and in just about every case, they can bring you all the way back to waking reality.

Is it sleep or your unconscious mind?

When you go into hypnosis, you are still aware that you are in hypnosis and can respond to the suggestions being given to you by the hypnotist.

So let’s pretend you’re in the middle of a live hypnosis session.
As the session goes on you, lose track of the world around you and fall into a deep state of hypnosis.

Then suddenly, you wake up as the session is ending. You feel like you just took a nap. You feel rested and even recharged but wait a minute, did you just missed the entire thing?

From what you read above, you know you know didn’t miss anything, but you might still feel a little disappointed that you dozed off. Well, you can cancel the disappointment too.

First, ask yourself, when did you come out of the trance? You came out when the hypnotherapist suggested that you come out.

Ok, but why did you blank out like that?

As a general rule, you blank out when your mind utilizes either more energy than you are used to using. Your energy-body is being configured differently for the situation.

These side effects are significant because it means your facility for working with your unconscious mind is increasing.

Or you might just be a somnambulist

A‌ ‌somnambulist‌ ‌wakes‌ ‌up or walks around while still in the throes of sleep or dreaming. It’s also one of the most profound states of hypnosis you can reach.

Suppose you’re working with a live hypnotherapist; they will tell you if you are going that deep into your inner-self. But if you’re using audio recordings, you may not know.

One of the most significant clues is if you never adjust to the trance session.
Suppose you listen to the same recording (repetition) and or the same hypnotist. In that case, you will adjust to the energy of that recording. It may even become mundane to you.

In that case, your mind will wander off somewhere, and you will lose time daydreaming.

But if you keep blanking out, and it’s been weeks of repeated listening, that is a clue that you might be a somnambulist‌.

So what does that mean? It means that you have a natural ability to produce some profound trance phenomena, among other things, but if you want to learn more, check this video out…

Even if you sleep during hypnosis, the session will still be successful

Let’s say you actually fell asleep while hypnotized. You even caught yourself snoring; oh no.

But beyond being a little embarrassed; (trust me, your hypnotist doesn’t care if you doze makes their job all that simpler), how do you know that your hypnosis session really worked?

You’re reading my article now, but how do I know this works?

Well, I know it works from personal experience. I’ve been both the client and the therapist. I’ve worked with people in person online, by Zoom conference and audio recordings.

I know what I’m saying is accurate, and hypnosis does work during sleep. The main reason is that your brain never shuts off, or else what are dreams?

It is rather apparent, but it’s also nice to have some outside confirmation when it’s available.

First, you can hear and differentiate what you while sleeping.

A Johns Hopkins University undergraduate was able to find the brain area that interprets noises while sleeping using electrodes implanted directly on the human cortex.

The area is located in the frontal lobe. It is part of a vigilance system that, for example, will wake a mother when her baby screams but will allow her to sleep if a truck passes by. This demonstrates that you can both hear and know what you are hearing while you’re sleeping.

Next, we need to know if you can learn while you’re sleeping.

This has been a hot topic for decades, but the research is becoming apparent on the affirmative yes side.

Northwestern University researchers reported in Nature Neuroscience that our brains not only hear what’s going on while sleeping, but they can also memorize what we‌ ‌hear. 

So yes, you can learn during sleep as well.  

Then there’s the work of Ken Paller and Katherina Hauner from Northwestern University in Illinois. Along with Anat Arzi at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. 

Their work is far too extensive to make a comprehensive summary in this article. Still, if you’re interested, you can get all the details here.

But the short version is your brain does not turn off during sleep.

Instead, the brain is busy analyzing and storing memories rather than hibernating.

Contrary to popular belief, the brain is more active. At the same time, we sleep, and it interprets auditory information in the same way it does when we’re awake.

Not only that, but the brain prefers to respond to meaningful information. Even while we’re fast asleep, the brain engages with verbal communication.

While you’re sleeping, your brain not only hears the information but also analyses it and makes decisions. So we can assume that while sleeping, the brain is engaged and ready to learn.

If that’s not encouragement to queue up some audio hypnosis tracks on repeat all night, I don’t know what else it would take.

You can click out doing advanced Self-hypnosis exercises

One last point we need to cover here on energy work. There is a middle ground between hypnosis and energy work.

You may find yourself doing more advanced exercises while in an alternate trance-state. In fact, this is one of the long-term goals of this website to help as many people as we can become accustomed to working with these alternate states.

Because this is where your divine-like power lives.

And in an effort to connect with that inner part while, working with one of my programs, you will click out guaranteed.

The reason is that this type of work expands your energy body, and your energy makeup will change as a result. So your consciousness takes your awareness closer to the source to make the proper adjustments, and you click out.

But unlike the ‌somnambulist‌, you will adjust to your growing energy like a flower. During that entire process, hypnosis is still working.

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