If you are feeling stressed or depressed, you may also be suffering from insomnia. Insomnia is characterized by having a difficult time falling asleep, but some sufferers have the ability to fall asleep promptly, but then they awaken during the night and have a difficult or impossible time falling back to sleep.


PSYCHO-REACTIVE INSOMNIA: Psycho-reactive Insomnia is generally caused by tension. The person's mind is keeping them awake with worry. The worry can become worse, because often the person begins to worry about falling asleep or not getting any sleep. Insomnia sufferers often worry that they may become ill or die from lack of sleep.

ENDOGENOUS INSOMNIA: This is usually caused by a discomfort within the body ranging from pain to indigestion.

EXOGENOUS INSOMNIA: This is caused by non-physical disturbances such as noise or a TV that is too loud. This is the easiest type of sleep disturbance to beat.

FUNCTIONAL INSOMNIA: This is caused by a physical problem in the subject's sleep-wakefulness center in the brain.

Many sleep disturbance sufferers develop a fear of getting into bed because they expect to lie awake. This negative expectancy can bring about a bout of insomnia all by itself.


1. Nobody ever became ill from a lack of sleep. The mind and body will get at least the minimum amount of sleep that it requires, no matter what. If you don't get enough sleep one night the next night you will get additional sleep to make up the loss.

2. Our internal clock brings about a valley of fatigue in cycles. Every four to six hours you will experience your maximum fatigue, and this is when it's easiest to fall asleep. Once you pass that valley of fatigue you will experience a renewed level of energy and it will become difficult for you to fall asleep.

3. If you are worried that you haven't slept for a second, stop worrying because it has been proven that we all sleep during the night. Sometimes you feel that you've been lying awake thinking, but actually you have been sleeping lightly and dreaming.

4. Trying to fall asleep: There is a law of nature called "The Law of Reversed Effect." The law says that if you "try" to do something, you will get the opposite. And the harder you "try," the more you will get the opposite. So, trying to fall asleep will insure that you will remain awake. Do not "try" to fall asleep, and do not try to will yourself to sleep. Merely allow yourself to fall asleep.

5. Alcohol will put you to sleep: This may be true, as alcohol is a depressant. However, as soon as the alcohol wears off, you will awaken abruptly and it will be harder than ever to fall asleep.

6. Sleeping pills will help: It is the dream phase of sleep in which we get our rest. Narcotics suppress the dream phase of sleep (REM sleep). That is why one generally awakens feeling more tired than before going to sleep after using pills.


1. figure out what time you feel most fatigued in the evening. From that point on, every evening at least an hour before that time, take a bath that is slightly warmer than body temperature for 20 minutes. A shower won't have the intended effect.

2. Have a warm beverage, preferably not tea because of the caffeine, which will wake you up. Warm milk is the best if you can tolerate it.

3. Stop thinking about any problems that you have. Don't think about what you need to do tomorrow. If you are concerned that you will forget what you have to do tomorrow, write it down.

4. Stay away from stimulating thoughts and television shows. If you must read, then read something that is monotous.

5. Reserve your bed for sleep. Watch television or read only while sitting in a chair or while on your couch.

6. Get into bed at least 20 minutes before your valley of fatigue. Once you are in bed, if worries begin to pop into your mind, repeat this mantra several times to yourself, "I'll think about it tomorrow." This will help to put a halt to the excessive thinking. Do not try to make your mind blank and don't try to fall asleep. Just allow yourself to rest.

7. For Endogenous Insomnia, you should eliminate the discomfort to the best of your ability.

8. For Exogenous Insomnia, make your room as quiet as you possibly can. If you have a partner who watches TV, you can move to another room. Running a fan can also help induce sleep, as it will tend to cover up noises. The monotonous drone of the fan generally proves to be very hypnotic.


Practice hypnosis for sleep disturbances daily. Stress worsens and can even cause a sleep disorder. Hypnotherapy CD's can help you to quickly manage stress. Post-hypnotic suggestions for coping, and to encourage the anticpation of sleep can help. Your sub vocalized mantra should be: "I fall asleep promptly, and sleep soundly and restfully all through the night."

Author's Bio: 

Alan B. Densky, CH. is certified by the NGH, and he is an NLP Practitioner. He offers hypnotherapy CDs for insomnia. He hosts a FREE hypnosis article library on his Neuro-VISION Video Hypnosis website.