Hypnotherapy for pain management has one of the largest positive evidence bases for this discipline. There have been hundreds possibly thousands of studies done to show that hypnotherapy is effective at controlling pain (Thompson, Terhune, Oram, Sharangparni, Rouf, Solmi, & Stubbs, 2019). Brain scans have demonstrated a change in activity during hypnosis in the brain area called the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC). This area is thought to be involved, amongst other things, in responding to pain. Hypnotherapy used alongside cognitive behaviour therapy (an efficacious treatment on its own) could reduce chronic/acute pain or discomfort to much more manageable levels.
I have a personal relationship with sleep disorders, I’ve suffered in the past with insomnia and even terrifying hypnogogic hallucinations. It was one of the reasons I became very interested in the science of sleep. There are biological, psychological and sociological reasons why sleep rhythms can become disrupted and I’ve found a combination of practical measures and therapy to be helpful to feel refreshed and alert in the day and to sleep well at night. Interestingly some studies have shown that a person’s subjective view of their sleep quality has more of an impact on well-being than actual levels of sleep. A combination of hypnotherapy, mindfulness, acceptance and commitment therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (cbti) can help to improve perceived and actual sleep quality.