Although a popular misconception is that hypnosis is a form of unconsciousness resembling sleep, contemporary research suggests that it is actually a wakeful state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility with diminished peripheral awareness. (Wikipedia)
James Esdaile (1808-1859) another Scottish surgeon working in India would use eye fixation to prepare patients for surgery and slow sweeping motions, putting them into a deep hypnotic sleep, causing full amnesia throughout the body and their memory recall.
What is the difference between regular sleep and hypnotic sleep?
To answer this question we need to identify what the hypnotic sleep is. By its definition and according to the history of inducing a presently known hypnosis state to people for the purpose of the scientific research, entertainment, or for psychological and/or psychosomatic treatment, it could be summarized into the following statement:
Definition of Hypnotic State
- A hypnotic state is a condition when a person is situated in both stages of sleeping and awakening with a very selective communication channel with a hypnotist who makes a verbal suggestion, which becomes vividly visualized and practically realized in the person’s mind and body.
- By making verbal suggestions, a hypnotist can convince patients to put themselves into a state, which resembles normal sleep. Hypnotized several times, those patients can be placed into any stage of hypnosis really quick. If they left along, those patients will drift into their normal sleep within 30 min or so, or wake up completely, depending on the depth of the hypnotic sleep. Study shows that some of the patients have been treated by hypersomnia (a very long sleep lasting for over 16 hours) that was suggested by the hypnotist, clinical psychologist, or psychiatrist.
- Study shows that regular sleep and hypnotic sleep are almost identical. One of the differences is that REM sleep can be induced (read: suggested) during any hypnotic stage, from light to a deep one, which is not possible in the normal sleep.
- Another difference between normal and hypnotic sleep is as follows:
- Normal sleep stages are classified with four stages, such as: light sleep, REM sleep, catalepsy, deep sleep
- Hypnotic stages consists of 12 stages: 3 sub-stages in every other stage from above
Anyone can learn how to get into a self-hypnotic state of mind and body. All it takes is practice and patience and a result is imminent. The most effective technique to get into a self-hypnotic state was developed over 20 years ago by Dr. H. Aliev psychiatrist. It is called “The Key – The Methodology of Self-Regulation and Control”. Practicing this technique in group, you will be able to get to lucid dreaming, fall asleep, relieve any pain, improve memory retention and recall, as well as doing many other remarkable things to yourself!
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