Night terrors made my life hell – however sleep hypnosis saved me

Unlike nightmares, a night terrors is a sleep disorder that causes panic, anxiety, and anxiety (Image: Getty Images / Science Photo Libra)

Nothing makes me more jealous than who can sleep well.

Like fathers who snore into a movie for five minutes or friends who spend a five-hour bus ride sleeping upright.

Sleeping has never been easier for me. Aside from mild insomnia and strange dreams, my sleep was pretty normal during my childhood.

It wasn’t until I was 14 that my mom told me that she had heard wild animals fight overnight. The next time she heard the sound, she followed him and found me out of bed, wide-eyed and screaming in fear while I was unconscious.

I had what is known as “night terrors” and now, at 21, I am in the estimated 2% of adults to experience them.

Unlike nightmares, a night terrors is a sleep disorder that causes panic, anxiety, and anxiety, usually during the first few hours of sleep.

It’s very common in children who normally grow out of it. Unfortunately, I have not.

I often hallucinate that I am in danger. Sometimes I get attacked by spiders or rats, sometimes it’s just an unsettling feeling that triggers a fight or flight response, and I’ve been known for jumping out of bed and running out of the room in my sleep.

I usually remember the details the next day, but sometimes a friend or family member will remember a conversation we had that night that I forgot.

I don’t jump out of bed every night anymore, but I can’t remember the last time I had a deep, dreamless sleep.

As a result, after eight hours of “rest” I am often exhausted and emotionally drained from the fear and pain of what my mind has shown me. I often lie awake and am afraid to fall asleep.

The cycle of tiredness that leads to insomnia and vice versa can trap me for weeks.

Even when I’m not afraid, my mind is active: I talk or move. I turned off my phone alarm clock before it woke me up and occasionally I text someone nonsensical while I sleep.

These disturbances have awakened family members, roommates, and partners, and while the who love me understand, it can be uncomfortable to see see me in such a vulnerable state.

My sleep problems are caused by a number of factors that make it difficult to find an effective cure. Family members, friends, and therapists have attributed my sleep problems to an “overactive mind”.

Night Terrors Made My Life Hell - However Sleep Hypnosis Saved Me
I tried pretty much everything to get a good night’s sleep (Image: Molly Greeves)

Slowing my brain down long enough to get a decent rest can feel impossible. When I think of myself at 14 – how I was pondering what people thought of me and stressed me out about school – that explanation makes sense.

Sleep is a complex and personal matter that even doctors and psychologists do not know everything about.

I’ve tried pretty much everything to get a good night’s sleep. In 2018, I was prescribed medication for general depression and anxiety. It made my everyday life better, but I slept just as badly.

Sleeping pills don’t help, I’ve tried cognitive behavioral therapy and even drank chamomile tea – nothing stopped the disorders.

I lost my father to cancer in March 2019, and a year later the pandemic struck and Britain was locked down nationwide. The stress on my mental health began to affect my physical health, and after nights of dreaming of illness and despair, I woke up just as tired as I did when I fell asleep.

In a state of desperation, I found the first thing that really helped me.

Like many people, I had spent more time alone in 2020 than ever before, and it all felt unsafe. I wanted to hear from another person that everything was going to be fine, in order to internalize a feeling of security and security.

I have struggled with meditation in the past – I just couldn’t switch off – but I decided to do sleep meditation, also known as sleep hypnosis.

“Hypnosis” sounds like an extreme word and makes you think of someone in a cartoon-like trance.

The truth is far less mysterious: sleep hypnosis puts the listener in a state of relaxation. It draws your attention away from the stress and anxiety of life and towards slowing your mind and body to rest.

Until recently, I wanted complete silence while sleeping, but I decided to play a hypnosis video from Youtube aloud on my phone. As soon as I was tired enough, I turned it off before going to sleep.

It took my mind off the stress I usually felt when I closed my eyes and made me fall asleep faster. At some point I started falling asleep before I had a chance to stop the videos.

As with all mental health problems, there is no magic solution, but the quality of my sleep has improved dramatically since then.

I have far fewer troubling dreams and night terrors, and the impact this has had on my waking life cannot be underestimated.

Many scientists are still researching whether the brain can process new information during sleep.

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I’ve listened to videos about healing trauma, letting go of attachments, and improving self-confidence while sleeping and it feels like I’ve absorbed the positive messages.

So I think so Fear and pain creep into my sleeping brain less often, so I get a respite from my nightly horror.

It is not always easy to relax before bed, but I want to give hope to everyone else who is struggling to fall asleep; you don’t have to feel alone

It may not work for everyone, but I find a soothing voice can help guide you to the peaceful sleep you deserve.

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