Truth #9: Hypnosis isn’t sleep.
As a professional hypnotist, I may use the word ‘sleep’ during your hypnosis session as a kind of shorthand for ‘look and act as if you’re asleep’—meaning 'become deeply relaxed with your eyes closed'. However, sleep is by no means the goal of a hypnosis session.
The fact is, if you did fall asleep, you’d no longer be able to tap into your inner resources, answer questions or even remain hypnotized! And worst of all, you’d miss the whole hypnosis experience!!
Hypnosis is actually focused awareness—a state in which you’re highly receptive to positive suggestion. As a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, I do have you focus on relaxation during your sessions, but there will be many times where you actually feel excited or filled with energy.
About the author: Solange Dunn, BA, CH
I’m a Consulting Hypnotist certified by the National Guild of Hypnotists. I'm also certified as a Master Hypnotist, a 5-PATH® Consulting Hypnotist, 7th Path Self-Hypnosis® Teacher and Regression Hypnotist. To learn more about my background, please see my 'About' page.