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Hypnosis and Sleep Disorders

Acute and chronic insomnia often respond to relaxation and hypnotherapy approaches, along with sleep hygiene instructions. Hypnotherapy has also helped with nightmares and sleep terrors. Research conducted by the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine exploring the use of hypnosis to treat parasomnias found that over 45% of patients treated with hypnosis were symptom-free or at least much improved at the 1-month follow-up, 42% at the 18-month follow-up, and 40% at the 5-year follow-up.

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  • Anbar, R. D. & Slothower, M.P. Hypnosis for treatment of insomnia in school-age children: a retrospective chart review. BMC Pediatr. 2006; 6:23. Department of Pediatrics, University Hospital, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, USA.

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