I'm Lindsay Ferrier, a Nashville writer with a passion for family travel, exploring Tennessee, and raising kids without losing my mind in the process. This is where I share my discoveries, along with occasional deep thoughts, pop culture tangents and a sprinkling of snark. Want to get in touch? Use the CONTACT form at the top of the page.
March 1, 2018
For years, I’ve suffered from a strange insomnia that generally strikes right around 3am. I wake up and my brain starts racing uncontrollably through every worry and concern I can possibly imagine. The next thing I know, two hours have passed, I’m filled with anxiety over something that will seem absolutely ridiculous the next day, and my planned eight hours of sleep are now down to just six.
I’ve tried a few over-the-counter sleep remedies over the years, but they all made me feel sluggish the next day. I don’t consider the problem to be bad enough for prescription drugs, so I couldn’t really come up with a solution that worked…. and then I found Michael Sealey.
Several months ago, I decided to look up sleep hypnosis videos on YouTube. Hypnotist Michael Sealey came up right away. He has dozens of hypnosis videos to help with everything from anxiety to teeth grinding to weight loss — and many of his videos are simply meant to help you go to sleep. I was skeptical, but also a little excited to give it a try. I’d never been hypnotized before, and trying it out in the privacy of my own home seemed like the best possible way to do it. I chose a video, put in my earbuds, lay down in my bed, and started listening. Michael’s voice was calm and reassuring. The background music was peaceful. I remember he kept urging me to reeeee-laxxxx…. and that’s pretty much all I remember.
Within five minutes of pushing play, I was asleep — deeply asleep– and I didn’t wake again until my husband’s alarm clock went off the next morning. I couldn’t believe it. SUCCESS! Without medication! But I worried the effectiveness of the videos would wear off after a few weeks.
Well, here we are, months later, and I love Michael Sealey’s videos more than ever. They work for me every single time I listen to them and I rarely get through more than five minutes before I’m in a deep, restful sleep. I still wake up at 3am sometimes, but now when that happens, I put my earbuds back in, listen to another video, and fall back asleep within a few minutes. I think the videos work really well for me because they require no thought or concentration, yet they manage to distract my brain from all the concerns and disappointments of the previous day/week/month/year/lifetime. These videos work so well, in fact, that a few times when I’ve been out of town or haven’t had my phone handy in the middle of the night, I’ve just thought of Michael Sealey’s hypnotic voice and I’ve been able to fall asleep! Crazy, right?
The biggest surprise came a couple of months ago, when what I later learned was a calcification on my wrist bone became inflamed — It was so painful, it literally felt like my wrist was broken. It was a Sunday, so I couldn’t make an appointment to see the orthopedist until the next morning. I went to bed that night in tears and tremendous pain, convinced I wouldn’t be able to sleep a wink. I remembered seeing a Michael Sealey hypnosis video that was specifically for pain relief and decided it wouldn’t hurt (heh) to give it a try. I played the video and, shockingly, fell asleep within minutes. I woke a few times during the night after the video ended, but as long as I played it again, I was able to fall right back asleep. The funny thing (well, it’s funny now) is that at one point, I tried a different video just for kicks — My wrist hurt so bad then that I couldn’t fall asleep. Only the video that was designed for pain relief worked during that time.
I’ve told lots of people about Michael Sealey’s sleep hypnosis videos over the last few months, including my daughter who listens to them almost every night now as well — and I’ve been meaning to share them with you, too, because I’m pretty sure everyone out there could use some help going to sleep or staying asleep, at least from time to time. These videos have been a MAJOR find for me, and I hope they’ll help you, too.
Here are a few of my favorite videos, to get you started:
Guided Meditation for Deepest Sleep: Ascension from Earth to Stars (This one is my absolute favorite.)
Deep Sleep Hypnosis for Mind Body Spirit Cleansing (Rain & Music for Guided Dreams Self Healing) (A brand new one I’m loving)
Sleep Hypnosis for Pain Management with Relaxing Binaural Music (This is the one that got me through The Hurty Wrist Incident.)
There are soooo many more — Trying to decide on one is a little like Choose-Your-Own-Adventure, hypnosis style. Have fun, and let me know if they work for you!
This is NOT a sponsored review and I don’t know Michael Sealey — What I do know is that a whole lot of people out there have trouble sleeping, so I wanted to share what’s really working for me.