New studies find a relationship between insomnia and fear of the dark. Read this interesting article published at Medscape news which presents the possibility of treating insomnia through the treatment of the phobia produced by darkness. This opens new possibilities for the treartment of insomnia thorugh exposure and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).
Both exposure and CBT can be taught and rehearsed by the patient in a hypnotic state. Hynotherapy allows us to experience situations which cause a high state of anxiety in our imagination, previous to experiencing them in real life, thus preparing the patient for the real experience and softening its phyisical and psychological impact. The cognitive challenge encouraged by CBT can be rehearsed in a hypnotic state through hypnotherapy, allowing new, re structured and healthy beliefs to sink faster and easier into our subconscious mind.