Hypnosis can be one of the most relaxing things that you ever undertake, so it only makes sense that sometimes your clients can doze off and take a short nap during a session. This is most commonly a problem that you’ll face during afternoon sessions, but nevertheless it is something that you’ll have to learn how to deal with in the right way.
Before The Session
Before the session with your client, you should be sure to remind them of a few things if they look sleepy. If they seem more tired than usual, remind them that if they fall asleep they are going to miss the entire session and have to pay $125+ dollars for a nap they could have taken at home for free.
If you have a lot of sleepy patients, you can give them inspirational material in the waiting room that will get them excited about the possibilities, rather than giving them old magazines to read that will likely only put them to sleep. Inspiration can go a long way when you are trying to keep sleepy clients awake!
If You Suspect Your Client Falls Asleep
If you are suspecting that your client has fallen asleep, you should keep your level of speech and cadence regular and simply ask for a response without startling them. You might think about instilling finger signals in your clients as a way to give yes and no answers. This is easy to add to hypnotic suggestion and it can be a great way to find out if they are actually asleep. If you don’t have an answer, they have fallen asleep.
What About Snoring?
Snoring isn’t always a sign of falling asleep, since it is primarily caused by a simple relaxation in the throat. If they are snoring, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are asleep. You should, however, still ask for a response anyway just to be sure. Without being sure, you might be giving a hypnosis session to a sleeping client that you weren’t aware of.
Stay On Time
You should also make sure that you stay on time with your appointments. Sometimes you are going to run long, but you should be mindful of your clients time and understand that the longer you go the more relaxed they will be and the greater the chance that they are going to fall asleep. This is also important because your clients will have a schedule to keep in their own life, so they don’t need to fall asleep for an extra thirty minutes in a session that they aren’t getting any benefit out of anyway.
Your clients are going to fall asleep on you from time to time, that much is simply unavoidable. If you know how to handle it in the right way, however, it won’t be much of a problem. You can gently alert them and keep them engaged without relaxing them too much, although this is an art form of sorts that you have to learn as you go.