A lecture on the importance of sleep ..boring…yawn…yawn…yawn…prefer to read something else….

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Well I understand that, sleep routines, sleep hygiene all sound a bit dull I agree.

You don’t need me to tell you the benefits of having enough good quality sleep, young or old, if we get a good night it’s likely we will wake up feeling good, we benefit emotionally and physically – it’s good news for those around us too.  Most people will have experienced the fatigue, short temper and lack of focus that often follow a poor night’s sleep.

Take a moment to imagine instead, waking up every day feeling refreshed, excited and enthusiastic about the day ahead, with all the energy you require to do, not only everything that you need to do, but also the things that you would like to do and often don’t have the time or the energy to do. If there are others in your household imagine everyone feeling good.

NHS choices lists seven ways in which a good night’s sleep can boost your health including how it can help prevent diabetes and ward off heart disease.  It is really important to sleep well.

If a new product was invented that offered all the benefits of good sleep, my guess is that it would be very very expensive and we would all want one!  The good news is that we can sleep for free.

Sometimes it can be difficult to get to sleep and/or to get the amount of quality sleep that we need.

From time to time, we may need to invest some time and energy to improve things.

There is lots of really good helpful information on the internet, some of it is a bit dry and could be considered a bit of a bore…yawn…yawn…yawn.  Often discovering a couple of simple tips and making a few minor changes can make a huge difference.

What about the children in our lives? Even if you don’t have children living with you, in flats, terrace houses the sound of bedtime tantrums travels through the walls.  Family, friends or neighbours children need to be able to get to sleep, if they don’t not only is it detrimental to them, it really impacts those around them.

If you are looking for something a bit different that’s natural, safe and fun – look no further than this new bedtime story book for children, Sam the Sleepy Sheep

Sam the Sleepy Sheep

The authors, Dr Kate Beaven-Marks (CNHC registrant), and Rory Z Fulcher designed the story of Sam the Sleepy Sheep so that it is easy-to-understand for children (and parents) of all ages.

This book works using special, sleep-inducing language patterns that help children to relax and feel tired, whilst keeping them engaged with a wonderful story and loveable characters.

Children will yawn…yawn…yawn…and drift gently off to sleep, adults will be able to have a quiet relaxing evening.

Read this bedtime story and transform your evenings and the mental and physical health of those you read to.  Easy.

I urge you to consider what changes you can to make to ensure that you and those around you get all the benefits from being able to go to sleep at the end of the day and get the amount of quality sleep you need.

At this time of year many people are thinking of New Year’s Resolutions.  It feels like a good time to review the amount of and quality of sleep that you and those close to you are getting.  Identify the changes you would like to make and take action now. Imagine how good you will feel, you will be energised and be able to focus on the things you want to do. You will be successful.

Sleep well. 

 End of lecture.


Lisa French Hypnotherapy.  Empowering you for life



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Twelve days of Christmas


12    trips to the shops, Christmas shopping

11    visitors visiting – to shop and cook for

10    over excited children

9    hours writing Christmas cards

8    places to go, what to wear

7    presents still left to buy

6    bouts of painful indigestion

5    expectations of a wonderful Christmas, best meal of the year

4    supermarket visits, trolley rage & long queues at the check out

3    busy roads and engineering works

2    minutes of relaxation time, if you are lucky

1    very long list of things to do

For many people Christmas is a very busy time, and it can be really quite stressful.

This year the first signs of Christmas were evident in October. It’s not a twelve day sprint it can be more like a three month endurance marathon.

Everyone’s Twelve days of Christmas will be different, for some it’s a lonely time of year, some might be facing their first Christmas after the loss a loved one. We will all have our own mix of things to do, emotions to deal with and hopefully some good times ahead too.

Imagine instead….

12    feeling relaxed

11    enjoying some peace

10    having a relaxing massage

9    trying a new therapy

8    many different therapists to chose from

7    gentle breaths for relaxation

6   drifting gently into hypnosis, perhaps for the first time

5    experiencing a lovely oasis of calm

4    friendly and helpful reception team

3    ……re-orientating to the room around you

2    ……taking a deep refreshing breath of air

1 ……feeling alert and refreshed……ready to prepare for Christmas and enjoy this time of year

Yes it is possible.

I specialise in using hypnosis for relaxation, perfect for this time of year.

Contact me info@lisafrenchhypnotherapy.co.uk

Talk to me about your Twelve days of Christmas, how are you feeling, what’s on your mind.  Time to talk with no interruptions.  You will then have the opportunity to relax in hypnosis. Time out, just for you. This could help you cope during the lead up to Christmas, and during December.

Step into the MindBody Therapy Centre in Forest Hill, London SE23, and feel your body relax as you do…..aromatherapy oils and healing vibes gently relax you as you step inside…..

I offer Hypnotherapy sessions at the MindBody Therapy Centre on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Email me and let’s have a chat, we can discuss how I can help you.

Allow me to help you approach Christmas differently this year and enable you to look forward to it and focus on the positive aspects of it for you.

I look forward to hearing from you!


Lisa French BA (Hons), DipMS, CH, GQHP, MFHT

Lisa French Hypnotherapy

Empowering you for life

Web: http://www.lisafrenchhypnotherapy.co.uk – desktop website

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Apple app, listen once a day and it might keep the doctor away

If you come across something which actually is awesome, how do you describe it?

Double awesome, amazing, incredible, truly awesome..….I don’t know.  I sat next to the man responsible for developing this Apple app  last week.  I can’t rate it highly enough.

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This app teaches you to take yourself into self hypnosis, how cool is that. Not only that, but once you master self hypnosis you can then use it to motivate yourself to achieve your goals and deal with a range of other issues.

Learning self hypnosis using this Apple app is completely free of charge.

If you haven’t experienced hypnosis before and you aren’t familiar with the feeling of deep relaxation if brings, you might prefer to have a session or two of hypnosis with a hypnotherapist first to help guide you on your way.  If you wish to book an appointment with Patrick Browning, he works in central London.

Learning self hypnosis is free, other downloads are just £2.99 each.  Options include Relax into sleep, Headache relief, Nail biting and Motivation.

This wasn’t the first time I had met Patrick, I met him many years ago in Nottingham; I was working at Macmillan Cancer Support at the time.  He led a group hypnosis session at our Staff Conference.  It was so relaxing and beneficial I purchased one of Patrick’s CDs.  I have since trained as a hypnotherapist myself, to this day I still often listen to Patrick’s CD for an enhanced experience of self hypnosis.   So you can imagine how delighted I was to be reacquainted with him last week at a James Braid Society meeting  and after all these years I was able to tell him my story.

Patrick has played a key part in my journey, download this Apple app now and see where he takes you.

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I would be really interested to hear how you get on. Share your journey with me.


Lisa French Hypnotherapy

Empowering you for life



078 57 242 299


This blog is intended to be complementary to medical advice and not a substitute for it. If you have any concerns about your health contact a doctor

Please note there are some contraindications hypnosis won’t be suitable for you if you have dementia, brain damage, diminished/poor mental capacity or if you are severely depressed.  If you have had any episodes of psychosis then hypnosis should be avoided