Angela is on Day 7 in 21 Days to Permanent Weight Loss. Here’s her feedback and question that I wanted to share with you, “I’m doing great. I can already feel a huge difference and every day I can’t wait to move on to the next lesson. Does it make a difference if I listen to the sessions in the morning or the evening?” Here’s my response:
That is wonderful, Angela! I’m so glad to hear that you are making progress reaching your healthy eating and weight loss goals. You can listen to the reinforcement hypnosis at any time of day that is convenient to you.
Because we tend to be so habitual in nature, it’s best to find a particular time and make that your “meditation/hypnosis” time of day, every day. This way, your daily practice becomes ingrained in your mind, like brushing your teeth or taking a shower. Practicing your self hypnosis daily then becomes a habit.
One time of day is not better than another, except that morning is a great time of day, since practicing in the morning helps set you up to make positive, healthy eating choices throughout the coming day. If you prefer to listen in the evening, that’s not a problem, but it’s best if you do not fall asleep. If you do fall asleep while listening to your hypnosis audio, there is obviously no harm, and there is still a possible benefit, due to the phenomenon of sleep learning.
I recommend not falling asleep, to get the full benefit. However, if you use the recording to help you sleep (that’s fine), or if you fall asleep by accident, do play it again at another time, sitting up, so you don’t fall asleep. The hypnotic state is not sleep — it’s relaxed alertness and it’s the state of accelerative learning. When you’re awake, you can do the guided imagery.
Sometimes you can go into a very deep state and feel like you are asleep, but if you wake up when the numbers count up, most likely you were in a very deep hypnotic state (not sleep). In that case, you most likely did not fall asleep. Rather, you may have gone into a deep hypnotic state because you are responding to the suggestions and waking up when the numbers count up.
To Your Health & Happiness,
Rena Greenberg has had the privilege over the last 25+ years to work with over 100,000 people in 75 medical centers to help them lose weight without surgery.