Finding the best hypnosis for sleep doesn’t have to be tiring. With sleep content getting better each year, there’s a whole array of effective hypnosis for sleep to choose from.
Audio for sleep can help you fall asleep faster, stay asleep for longer and be less disturbed throughout the night.
A 2018 systematic literature review found that over 58% of studies reported that hypnosis had positively benefited sleep outcomes. They concluded that hypnosis for sleep problems is a positive treatment option.
What is hypnosis for sleep?
Hypnosis for sleep includes an in-person or recorded session, whereby a hypnotherapist guides you through a series of stages using verbal cues, creating a state of relaxation and guiding you into a hypnotic state, helping you fall asleep.
How sleep hypnosis works
Sleep hypnosis works by lulling the participant into a state of deep relaxation by using positive and persuasive audio cues, usually involving visualising calming imagery, to create a hypnotic state that allows the participant to drift off to sleep whilst still hearing the hypnotheraptist’s therapeutic suggestions. It’s a great way to calm the mind and create a relaxing state before and during bedtime.
People choose sleep hypnosis if they’re looking for an effortless way to relax and change the way they think about sleep, for the better. The listener needs to be open to the concept of hypnosis for it to work and not afraid to try something a little different.
The benefits of sleep hypnosis can be truly positive.
Some studies have shown that sleep hypnosis can help those with acute and chronic insomnia. The studies highlight how participants respond to hypnotherapy and other relaxation methods, alongside sleep hygiene changes and sleep routine refinement. Some studies also show how hypnotherapy can help with sleep terrors, recurring nightmares, and sleep walking.
Studies suggest that hypnosis encourages relaxation, increases someone’s suggestibility, focuses their attention and can access “preconscious cognitions and emotions and cognitive restructuring”. Therefore, those who struggle with sleep and have some form of insomnia or anxiety disorder may experience a positive response to hypnosis.
Best guided sleep hypnosis
- Sleep hypnosis by Paul Mckenna
- Hypnosis for self-doubt by Kokoon
- Sleep Hypnosis to Fall Asleep Fast by Michael Sealey
- Sleep Hypnosis for Calming An Overactive Mind by Michael Sealey
- Deep Relaxation Hypnosis for Stress Relief, Anxiety Relief and Instant Calm by Panic Free TV
- Sound and restful sleep hypnosis by Christpher Fitton
- Deep relaxing sleep in 15 minutes - Feather Hypnosis by Sleep Cove
- Deep sleep hypnosis with binaural delta waves by Anna Thompson
- Total relaxation & deep sleep - hypnosis meditations by Darren Marks
- Let go of stress - deep theta binaural beats - sleep hypnosis by SleepTub
Paul Mckenna’s sleep hypnosis focuses on getting you to sleep effortlessly and quickly. Mckenna is a world renowned hypnotherapist and behavioural scientist who specialises in creating hypnotic content to treat people with the most difficult problems, including difficulty in sleeping.
His aim in this YouTube audio, which boasts over 1.2 million views, is to help you sleep for longer and experience much deeper sleep. The audio starts with Mckenna distracting your mind from racing thoughts by asking you to focus on your breathing and to count backwards from 300. Mckenna sends you into a mind-programming trance, which focuses solely on helping you sleep and improving your relationship with sleep.
This hypnosis encourages you to relax deeply during its 22 minutes and enjoy a better night’s sleep. If you’re looking for a short audio createdthat aims to quieten racing thoughts, this is for you.
Our hypnosis track is under 30-minutes long and can be listened to whilst in bed to help you fall asleep with positive thoughts whilst diminishing any self-doubt.
The audio, read by our ASMR psychologist, guides you through relieving tension from the top of your head to your toes, to enable you to switch off and relax, whilst controlling your breathing. The audio then talks through how to calm your thoughts and at the same time, ward off self-doubt.
Imagery is used such as imagining a spindle tightly wrapped in yarn, to represent the mind when it has become stuck in a cycle of overthinking and negative thoughts. The audio talks you through unwinding and unravelling the spindle and yarn to release these thoughts and make them fall away .
The audio is one of our top played tracks on the Kokoon app. It’s the perfect option for anyone wanting to rid themselves of self-doubt, negative thoughts or a racing mind before bed or during the day. The hypnosis can help calm and relax the listener, whilst working on building self esteem.
The audio can be played through your Kokoon Nightbuds for the ultimate sleep experience...
This sleep hypnosis is by Michael Sealey, a well-known face and voice in the world of sleep hypnosis, relaxation audio and guided meditation.
This particular sleep hypnosis audio has been specifically designed for sleep and has more than 5 million views. Its aim is to help you fall asleep fast and find “deep healing relaxation” for your body and mind before you drift off to sleep. Ensuring a better quality sleep experience, ensuring less disturbances and distractions.
The audio guides you through a sleep meditation with sleep suggestions given by Michael Sealey throughout. It’s accompanied by soothing background music and tranquil sounds of crackling campfires.
This audio is perfect for you if you want to combine hypnosis and guided meditation to help calm a busy mind before bedtime and alleviate stress. If you want to relax and wind down with an hour’s worth of positive audio, then this is for you.
This is another successful hypnosis track by Michael Sealey, which focuses on calming an overactive mind. An overactive mind before bed is often one of the main reasons we struggle to fall asleep each night.
This guided hypnosis for sleep uses guided suggestions to help you relax and wind down after a hectic day. The audio features Sealey helping you to relax, let go and switch off from your day, turning off “the excessive noise of mind chatter”. The audio uses mindfulness meditation, hypnosis and guided visualisation and has nearly 12 million listens.
The background sleep music helps elevate the listener’s relaxation experience.
If you’re looking for a sleep hypnosis audio that focuses on dampening racing thoughts and relaxing the subconscious mind before bed, then this 58-minute audio is for you.
Deep Relaxation Hypnosis for Stress Relief, Anxiety Relief, and Instant Calm (Science-Based) by Panic Free TV
With more than 2.5 million views, Panic Free Tv’s instant calm YouTube audio/video is well liked. The sleep hypnosis audio has been designed for those suffering from stress, anxiety and looking for a deep relaxation experience. It focuses on calming the body and mind throughout the 36-minute audio and beyond that too.
It’s a very deep hypnosis session and therefore perfect for anyone wanting to relieve stress, find calm and enter into a relaxing state of body and mind. It also uses 3D-audio technology for a truly immersive experience. Listening to it with a pair of Nightbuds would create an optimal deep-relaxation experience, void of any disturbances.
As host of the podcast Sleep Cove, Christopher Fitton has created a sleep hypnosis track on Spotify for those wanting to sleep more soundly.
The audio uses positive affirmations to help you drift off to sleep and focuses on progressive relaxation to calm the body and mind.
The track offers 31 minutes of relaxation, with a focus on calming different parts of the body from your head to your toes, to relieve any stress and tension. It’s then followed by a series of positive affirmations surrounding sleep goals to encourage a stress-free night ahead.
This audio is perfect for someone who needs a more positive experience when it comes to drifting off to sleep, accompanied by a soothing voice to send you into the land of nod.
Another audio by Sleep Cove’s Christopher Fitton is this 15-minute sleep hypnosis.
It focuses on calming the body and mind as well as refocusing the mind away from racing thoughts before bedtime.
It’s unique as it focuses on the journey of a feather, floating and twisting in the air as it descends to the floor, catching the wind’s current. It ends with a chunk of soothing hypnotic sleep sounds as you drift off to sleep after following the feather’s journey.
This audio is perfect for someone short on time, who’s looking for a different, light way to wind down whilst in bed. This audio is ideal for a midday nap too, especially if you want to take a quick break during a busy day.
This hypnosis for sleep album, by hypnotist Anna Thompson, has short tracks you can listen to individually or collectively. Thompson talks you through deepening your sleep, pushing worry aside, sleeping through snoring or disturbances, feeling calm and dreaming. As Thomspon guides you through each meditation session, binaural delta waves enhance the experience.
Listening to low-frequency tones like binaural beats can help slow down brain activity, aiding relaxation and a better, deeper night’s sleep.
With 5,000 monthly listeners, Darren Marks offers a variety of sleep hypnosis sessions differing in lengths. You can choose from an 8-minute session, up to a 31-minute session. You can also choose whether the audio ends with or without a waking up segment.
Marks' total relaxation hypnosis sessions focus on relaxing, breathing and changing thought processes, ultimately leading to a more relaxed state of mind and a relaxing night’s sleep.
Give Marks a go if you want to sleep easily but you have a limited amount of time, or if you want to choose between nodding off or waking up after a session.
This sleep hypnosis audio features binaural beats without any voiceover. It focuses on Theta Waves at 6Hz. When you listen to theta waves before and during sleep it can encourage deep relaxation.
The blurb for the audio describes how the binaural theta waves can help you get rid of stress, overthinking and encourage lucid dreaming. Binaural Beats have also been shown to reduce levels of stress and anxiety. By listening to them on a low volume, they can help you relax, meditate or drift off to sleep.
This sleep hypnosis audio is perfect for someone wanting to try something new and a little different. It’s also a great choice if you aren’t keen on guided hypnosis and instead prefer sound waves to send you into a dreamy state.
How to use sleep hypnosis audio
Sleep hypnosis audio is most effective when you can get the following things right:
- Find the right audio for you.
- Optimise your environment.
- Find the right time to listen.
- Listen to your audio as often as you can.
- Use the Kokoon app.
1. Find the right audio for you
There are so many different types of sleep hypnosis out there, so picking the best one for you can be tough. However, we’ve made it easier with our list of the best hypnosis audios, that you can work your way through to find your favourite.
2. Optimise your environment
Listen to the hypnosis audio with headphones that mask external disturbances. Kokoon’s Nightbuds are noise masking and the perfect choice if you want the ultimate undisturbed sleep hypnosis experience, wherever you’re listening.
3. Find the right time to listen
Try to listen to the hypnosis when you’re home alone or when there’s minimal chance of getting disturbed.
4. Listen to your audio as often as you can
Once you’ve found the hypnosis that helps you fall asleep, make sure you listen to it as often as you can. Consistency is the key here to boost the chances of a positive outcome.
5. Use the MyKokoon app
Listen to your favourite sleep hypnosis audio alongside the Kokoon app, so when you do start to fall asleep, the app will play white noise to mask disturbances.
Get started with hypnosis for sleep
Not sure where to start? Pick one of our best sleep hypnosis tracks from this article and listen before bed or whilst in bed tonight. Why not start with one of our top tracks on the Kokoon app called Hypnosis for self-doubt and see where sleep hypnosis will take you.