Feeling groggy after hypnosis – what does it mean

Hypnosis comes from the Greek word ‘Hypnos,’ which means to sleep. Throughout history, several ancient healers and Shamen have used trance-like states to facilitate healing.

Modern hypnosis has been linked to the works of an 18th-century Austrian physician, Dr. Franz Mesmer, who used various hypnosis techniques and magnets.

Hypnosis made a massive comeback in the mid-20th century due to the efforts of Dr. Milton Erickson, who championed the Ericksonian Model.

As a result, hypnotherapy became recognized as a valid medical procedure in 1958, with many health care practitioners respecting it as a powerful therapeutic tool to date.

Unlike what we see in movies, hypnosis is not all about traveling into a trance-like state after gazing into someone’s eyes.  It is a highly relaxed state that enables the subject to open their unconscious mind and accept hypnotic suggestions.

However, just like other medical treatments, hypnosis has some side-effects that may affect some clients. But is it normal to experience side effects, like feeling groggy, after hypnosis?

What happens after hypnosis?

As discussed earlier, hypnosis is a natural state that often occurs, including when you are deeply engrossed in watching your favorite television show. It involves being in a state of complete concentration that no noise from the surrounding environment can distract you.

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After a hypnosis session, the subject should feel a renewed sense of positivity and purpose or direction. Many clients have reported feeling more in control, happy, and calm after hypnosis sessions.

They experience greater clarity that reaching their goal is within their power, improving their confidence and self-esteem.

Some issues may take more than one session, meaning your hypnotherapist may ask you to complete in-between session assignments that will assist you in attaining the end result more effectively.

In this case, the sessions are usually scheduled at regular intervals to facilitate greater success and overcome obstacles while reaching the primary goal.

Your hypnotist is your partner in your hypnosis journey. He/she is looking forward to your success in dealing with the issues or obstacles at hand. If you have any questions relating to your success or progress, you should feel comfortable talking to your therapist about it.

Make sure you have an easy way to communicate with your hypnotherapist as their job description includes being flexible to accommodate the needs of the client.

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Side effects of hypnosis

Hypnotherapy is an effective method for coping with anxiety and other mood disorders, pain management, behavior change, hot flashes, cancer treatment side-effects, and irritable bowel movement, to mention a few. You should consult a qualified health care practitioner or therapist for effective hypnosis sessions.

Luckily, hypnotherapy has many positive side-effects, including the feeling of deep relaxation, improved self-esteem, and a boost in confidence, as well as healthy sleeping habits, among many others.

It is also common to feel a renewed euphoric feeling of positivity after a hypnosis session. These effects can last for several hours or even days, but lessen the more hypnosis sessions you go through.

However, some subjects may experience some rare negative side-effects after a hypnosis session. Some of the adverse reactions include:

  • A feeling of anxiety or distress
  • Headaches
  • Feeling groggy or dizziness or light-headedness
  • Creation of false memories
  • Stomach upsets

Many people who have experienced traumatic and stressful life events in their earlier periods of life should be cautious when going through hypnotherapy. Hypnosis may cause the client to experience strong emotions and may risk the creation of false memories.

It is also vital to take time to research and choose the right hypnotherapist for you, who can cater to your specific needs efficiently and help you to arrive at your desired results.

What does it mean when you feel groggy after hypnosis?

People who are not used to feeling completely relaxed may feel a bit groggy, light-headed, or drowsy after a hypnosis session. These feelings are usually a means of your mind adjusting to reality after dealing with essential or sensitive issues in your unconscious mind.

After a few minutes of feeling groggy or light-headed, your mind will experience a gentle upward feeling of positivity, such as feelings associated with freedom and relief.

Once your brain responds in this manner, it means that the problematic issue has been resolved during the hypnosis session.


A health care practitioner or hypnotist should help you go through any hypnosis session. They are not there to control your mind, but rather provide guidance and assistance whenever you need it.

Many hypnosis clients enjoy the process of hypnosis and describe it as a completely relaxing and eye-opening period.

More so, the positive side-effects you experience after hypnosis resides with you long after hypnosis. You can also recreate the level of deep relaxation by yourself regularly by using self-hypnosis.