The treatment of parasomnias with hypnosis: A 5-year follow-up study

Peter J. Hauri, Michael H. Silber, Bradley F. Boeve

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Study Objectives: This study involves a replication and extension of a previous one reported by Hurwitz et al (1991) on the treatment of certain parasomnias with hypnosis. Methods: Thirty-six patients (17 females), mean age 32.7 years (range 6-71). Four were children aged 6 to 16. All had chronic, "functionally autonomous" (self-sustaining) parasomnias. All underwent 1 or 2 hypnotherapy sessions and were then followed by questionnaire for 5 years. Results: Of the 36 patients, 45.4% were symptom-free or at least much improved at the 1-month follow-up, 42.2% at the 18-month follow-up, and 40.5% at the 5-year follow-up. Conclusions: One or 2 sessions of hypnotherapy might be an efficient first-line therapy for patients with certain types of parasomnias.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)369-373
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Sleep Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jun 15 2007


  • Cognitive therapies
  • Hypnosis
  • Long-term follow-up
  • Nightmares
  • Parasomnias

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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