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Distractions in the morning

Hello, I have been doing the self-study hypnosis for a little over four weeks now, I am in class 3. I've been stretching them out to 2 weeks each because I am only 28 weeks pregnant. Anyway, I am finding that the more and more further I get, the more difficult it is for me to fully relax in the mornings. I try to do the hypnosis tracks in the early morning depending on how early I am awake. It can be 2:30 am or 8 am. Sometimes I use it as an aid to fall back asleep. The problem is, I get SO HUNGRY while listening! I don't want to get up to go eat and then try to get comfortable again, so I try to work through the hunger, but it really distracts me. If it's not hunger, I get an itch and I can't get myself to ignore it. I end up having to turn my lightswitch on just to scratch myself, then back off, but I am worried this is disrupting the hypnosis. Does anyone else have this problem? Any solutions?? Thanks!
  • Replied by Jenn King Lasek on Sunday, November 18 2012, 11:30 AM · Hide · #1
    Hi Michelle,
    Congrats on your pregnancy and choice of using Hypnobabies for your birth!

    Firstly, know that experiencing particular sensations during your hypnosis session is actually a GOOD sign. Feelings like restlessness, itchy/twitchy, etc are proof positive that you are going deeply enough into hypnosis to create powerful hypno-anesthesia in your body. I've included (below) a wonderfully articulate response to this common question that has been composed by Hypnobabies VP Carole Thorpe.

    As for the hunger, personally I haven't heard this one from my own students - perhaps try having a snack (even something small if it's very early in the morning, I know many women keep nuts, crackers, dried fruit, etc by their beds during pregnancy) *before* doing your session & see if this helps.
    Keep us posted!

    How a state of hypnosis causes the tingling sensation, or twitching or restless legs is this...
    Involuntary muscles are part of the autonomic nervous system, and when someone is VERY deeply in hypnosis like they are while listening to the Deepening CD or their scripts for the week, those muscles relax. Since the little capillaries just below our skin are surrounded by involuntary muscles...part of the autonomic nervous system...when they relax, blood flows out of them and flushes our skin red. This is what happens when we blush, when our chest gets flushed when we are nervous, etc. The increase in blood flow to the surface of our skin feels pins-and-needles-like and that's the tingly feeling you experience. It can also cause restless legs to feel like they want to twitch and wiggle.

    As for tingly sensations or compulsive swallowing, or restless legs happening during one CD more than another, I would suspect that is because of the different depths we achieve while in hypnosis due to our personal circumstances during that session. We don't always go to the same depths of hypnosis each and every time, unless we are asked to do so during a post hypnotic suggestion...like the suggestion to Hypnobabies moms when they hear on the Deepening CD, "every time you use your finger drop technique you will return to this deep level of hypnosis that you are in right now...and even deeper".

    The nice thing to know about all of this information, is that the tingly feeling or the need to wiggle (being uncomfortable) is proof positive that their hypnosis IS deep enough, not only to create physiological responses in our autonomic nervous systems, but that it also automatically creates the physiological lessening of sensation that we call hypno-anesthesia! It's one and the same.

    One way to make the sensations less annoying is to observe them with amused, detached curiosity as 'sensations' ONLY...no judgment or assignment of labels like tingly or tickly, just 'curious sensations that provide proof positive that my anesthesia is working very well'! The more you merely observe any physical sensation, interestingly enough, the less intense it feels. Then mom can begin to be happy that those 'sensations' are so powerful...because "the more powerful those 'curious, anesthesia-confirming sensations' become...the more comfortable you will be during your birthing". After a while you will begin to associate the curious sensations in your body, as confirming the existence of your hypno-anesthesia.

    Now there are other things that moms can do to make themselves more comfy during their scripts after week one. The most important one is switching to the CENTER as much as mom needs to in order to move or scratch throughout her entire hypnosis practice. Mom can move as much as she needs to, and still be deeply in hypnosis and creating her hypno-anesthesia nicely. It is only the very first week that moms are 'completely OFF and unable to move no matter how hard they may try'. Itchy, twitchy restless moms actually get more practice with their lightswitch when they switch OFF and back to CENTER really often during their scripts.

    Moms could take a nice warn soak in the tub prior to their script practices. Their birth partners could give them a nice massage prior to reading the scripts, anything that relaxes mom so much that she doesn't quite care that she's experiencing the sensations of deep hypnosis as itchiness or restlessness. Just let those legs wiggle in CENTER switch as much as they need to ('every movement your body makes takes you deeper, and especially your skin feels so good, just perfect during every hypnosis session you enjoy").

    And, a really important point: I have NEVER seen one (in over 250 Hypnobabies births) mom who may be bothered by any tingly, twitchy or restless sensations during pregnancy, experience them at all, during their baby's birthing!
  • Replied by Joanna Sonnekalb on Monday, November 19 2012, 02:33 PM · Hide · #2
    Hi Michelle, I'm also 28 wks pregnant and I have the same thing happen to me - I get so itchy right when I start to go into hypnosis! It has been really frustrating, but I decided to just keep switching to center and then back to off as much as I needed to. I wasn't sure how this would affect my practice or birth time, so it's really good to read Jenn's response to this and see that it's normal. I'm so glad you posted this question though because I wasn't sure if this happens to other people too, and it's always nice to know you're not alone with stuff like this. So thank you to Jenn too for your reply because it answered my unasked question too. :)
  • Replied by Jenn King Lasek on Monday, November 19 2012, 08:39 PM · Hide · #3
    You're welcome! I'm glad that you found it helpful also Joanna :)
  • Replied by Erika Scheidegger Gardet on Tuesday, November 20 2012, 10:25 AM · Hide · #4
    Hello all - 38 weeks pregnant and super grateful for this answer! :)
  • Replied by Michelle on Thursday, November 22 2012, 08:32 AM · Hide · #5
    Thanks girls! This was very helpful :)
    Replied by Jennifer on Monday, December 03 2012, 07:15 PM · Hide · #6
    I have been experiencing the same restless leg feeling and I find it really helpful to switch back and forth from center to off. I addressed it with my hypno instructor and that was what she suggested. I am glad to know that other people experience the same thing! And thanks, Jen, for that really helpful response!
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