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Would you go to bed with this guy?



When I wrote about having troubling staying asleep, a reader named Sarah recommended that I download the Ultimate Hypnosis by Glenn Harrold app and listen to the ‘Instant Sleep’ track.  She said, “Sounds scary, but it’s really just a deep meditation… At first when I started using it, it only worked (put me to sleep) sometimes, but now it works almost all the time. I think that’s the hypnosis aspect; he says that it will make you fall asleep every time, and after hearing that over and over, you internalize the message, and I really do!”


The track is intended to be played throughout your sleep, but I don’t know how I feel about Glenn talking to me the entire night (he has a sweet British accent, though).  So I’ve only listened to the first 15 minutes for the past two nights, and it definitely helps relax me.  Although I had to giggle the first time Glenn said, “I’m going to count to the top of 3, and your mind will go completely blank. 1… 2… 3…” and then the 3 echoed into eternity.


Woke up feeling quite refreshed and ate this simple breakfast:


Just an Udi’s bagel with cream cheese.


And 1/2 a red and 1/2 a green apple.


Time to get my work on!


Thought of the Day


From Operation Beautiful:

kindness (29 of 31)

Have you ever been hypnotized?



  • Khushboo January 4, 2012, 10:52 am

    This might be my favorite Operation Beautiful post-it- LOVE it! Have a happy hump day!

  • Kristy @ KristyRuns January 4, 2012, 10:56 am

    Great Operation Beautiful post! So creative!

  • Jolene ( January 4, 2012, 11:10 am

    Nope, I have never been hypnotized. That is a great operation beautiful note!! Must have been posted in a Starbucks washroom 🙂

  • Danielle January 4, 2012, 11:18 am

    I was hypnotized during college orientation. I lost my belly button and got very upset. I remember thinking that is silly no one can lose their belly button. When I looked I could not find it even though it was right there. I began to look around and kept lifting up my shirt getting more and more paniced. I started looking around for it when the hypnotist told me he had it! I cried tears of relief. He asked me if I wanted it back and I nodded and I..well that is all I can remember.

  • Emily January 4, 2012, 11:24 am

    Hmmm… Might be something worth trying! That or making our bedroom a TV-free zone. *rolls eyes*

  • Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous January 4, 2012, 11:31 am

    In college we had a hypnotist come and it was hilarious to watch what he was able to do!

  • Sarah January 4, 2012, 11:34 am

    Ahh, I’m so glad it helped you some! I don’t listen to it all through the night, it stops after going through once, and usually I’m asleep by then. And yes, I have been hypnotized. My friend taught himself how to do it, and he hypnotized me about a year ago. That’s why I knew I was very susceptible to these things, and decided to try the app.

    • Sarah January 4, 2012, 12:45 pm

      And I feel honored to be mentioned on the blog! Thanks!

  • Kayla January 4, 2012, 11:35 am

    Ha! That guys looks intense! Good luck with the hypnosis thing. I’ve never been hypnotized, but I’ve witnessed very conservative friends act like they were receiving very un-conservative things while under hypnosis in college.. !!

  • Jazz January 4, 2012, 11:37 am

    Whoa ! that app is 6.99 a month?! I’ll just count sheep.

    • Caitlin January 4, 2012, 11:47 am

      There’s a free version!

      • Jazz January 4, 2012, 12:12 pm


  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 4, 2012, 11:44 am

    I think I’d probably burst out laughing at that 3 echo too! I’ve never been hypnotized but I think it would be fun to try!

  • HRCK the Herald January 4, 2012, 11:53 am

    I haven’t ever been hypnotized, no. But a hypnotist came to my college and hypnotized a student in front of a large crowd of students, and the student started spewing all these racial slurs. It was awful, and I’m sure that it was not the hypnotist’s intention!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen January 4, 2012, 11:54 am

    I volunteered to be hypnotized in a comedy show act once but as soon as I got on stage where the person was attempting to “hypnotize” me I started uncontrollably laughing and got kicked off stage. After that, I’m convinced it’s all bs. Although, I’m sure it had something to do with the fact that it was a comedy show and the guy was probably a farce.

  • Laura @ She Eats Well January 4, 2012, 11:55 am

    I love that Operation Beautiful note, especially. It’s too cute.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing January 4, 2012, 12:22 pm

    I’ve never had that done to myself. It sounds crazy but if it works? hey, why not?!

  • Shannon January 4, 2012, 12:30 pm

    That breakfast looks delish! Simple and yummy. Might go make the same thing for myself right now!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife January 4, 2012, 12:30 pm

    I love doing the counting thing–works like a charm 🙂

    Bagels in the a.m. ….YUMM

  • Brandy January 4, 2012, 12:33 pm

    My husband and I took Hypnobirthing classes and I credit my good sleep throughout my pregnancy to listening to the Rainbow Relaxation CD every night at bedtime. Our instructor said most people will never listen to the entire thing because they tend to fall asleep before the end!

    • Adrienne January 4, 2012, 5:58 pm

      Oh me too!! I’ve been sleeping amazingly well since our Hypnobirthing classes. Even if it doesn’t help during birth, I’ve already got my money’s worth for the great sleep!

  • Johanna B January 4, 2012, 12:45 pm

    In graduate school I took a course in hypnosis. I have been hypnotized and I believe that it has a lot of potential to heal. Glad it’s working for you.

  • Meredith January 4, 2012, 12:45 pm

    I was hypnotized in college! We had one of those famous entertainer hypnotists come every year and finally senior year he picked me from the audience. I was hypnotized to think a badger was attacking me and the others on the stage and instead of defend everyone, I jumped on top of my chair. I was also hypnotized think I was a ballet dancer and that apples were my friend. When I was hypnotized to eat the apple, then remember that the apple was my friend, I cried. No joke. I seriously don’t remember it and I felt totally refreshed like I had slept for hours afterwards. Bizarre!

  • Nicole January 4, 2012, 12:48 pm

    I had a client who saw a hypnotist perform…she said it was pretty amazing. Although she was in the audience, she could feel herself falling into a trance and had to really focus to stay fully aware. Her experience has me intrigued and I’m such a skeptic.

  • Jen@FoodFamilyFitness January 4, 2012, 12:51 pm

    The operation beautiful note is so cute!! Hypnotism totally skeeves me out.

  • Becky January 4, 2012, 1:06 pm

    I have been having trouble sleeping too, especially staying asleep after my 9 million bathroom runs a night. My husband downloaded an app called Pzizz for me and it is awesome! We are both sound asleep in like 3 minutes. Totally worth the 4 dollars! And if you get up in the middle of the night, you can just restart it and be back asleep in no time.
    Also, thanks for the insight on my genetic testing question last week. It was a good point and I think we’ve decided to forgo the testing as well. We have no risks on either side and there’s really no need to worry any more than I already do, right?

  • Ellie@Fit for the Soul January 4, 2012, 1:22 pm

    haha noo I’ve never been hypnotized, nor do I ever wish to be! 😛 Maybe the British accent has something to do with it. I just imagined the husband trying to hypnotize you to sleep with his accent lol.

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs.) January 4, 2012, 1:28 pm

    I love the operation beautiful quote for today… 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats January 4, 2012, 2:05 pm

    I haven’t, but if it would keep me from laying awake all night I’d give it a try!

  • Amber K January 4, 2012, 2:16 pm

    I seriously need to find something to help me sleep. I’ve been having the worst time lately! I don’t have a smartphone or tablet (so no apps for me), but I’m definitely going to have to figure it out.

  • Amanda @ Diary of a Semi-Health Nut January 4, 2012, 2:24 pm

    I’ve never been hypnotized and I think I would laugh at that too!

    I am pretty passionate about getting enough sleep because for a couple of years I wrecked my sleeping habits and ended up having a bit of a break down. I discovered that I need a decent amount of sleep each night and I’ve written a couple of posts about it as well

    By the way I just started reading your blog more frequently recently and loved the tips you gave for a healthy marriage. I’m not married yet, but it’s good advice for the future. 🙂

  • Merry January 4, 2012, 2:34 pm

    Never done hypnosis, but I have used the Health Journeys meditations by Belleruth Naparstek while ttc and now while pregnant. I usually listen to them while falling asleep, or when having trouble sleeping, and I usually don’t make it through the first track! If you google “health journeys healthy pregnancy” there’s a kaiser sponsored link that gives you some free tracks 🙂

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) January 4, 2012, 3:10 pm

    what an interesting idea! I could see how it would be good for relaxation …

  • Heather @ Bake, Run, Live January 4, 2012, 4:27 pm

    I’ve never been hypnotized, but my grandparents both quit smoking by listening to hypnosis cd’s.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 4, 2012, 6:19 pm

    I love that Operation Beautiful note! So creative and fun. 😀

  • Allison January 4, 2012, 6:19 pm

    IDK if I believe in hypnosis, I’ve never tried it, but I’m not opposed to it if it works! I’ve been having trouble sleeping the past few nights because of having bronchitis and it’s hard to breath… Wonder if he can make you sleep and focus on your breathing?!

    P.S. I’m a Sbucks feign and love your OB note of the day 😀

  • Carrie C. in VA January 4, 2012, 7:54 pm

    I didn’t even read the other comments because I am too excited to tell you… YES! I have been hypnotized – believe it or not – as part of childbirth classes. It is such an awesome sensation! During my second pregnancy, I took HYPNOBIRTHING classes – the Mongan method. It was a 5 session course taught by a psychologist, and at the end of each session, the therapist would hypnotize my husband and me. I would leave the session soooo relaxed with no worries on my mind.

    I don’t know if you’re interested, being pregnant and all but… Hypnobirthing is a form of self-hypnosis, probably similar concept to the sleep guy you are listening to. It is intended to help you ease the fear-tension-pain cycle during labor. I used it in the earlier stages of labor but then I had a couple unforeseen factors that distracted me from focusing on it in the later stages, so I can’t vouch for it’s effectiveness during the really hairy part of labor and delivery. But I loved being hypnotized during the sessions, and I was definitely able to achieve deep relaxation on my own using the tools I learned in the sessions.

  • Lindsay @ The Reluctant Runner January 4, 2012, 8:18 pm

    I’m going to have to try that app. I’ve struggled with insomnia since elementary school. Right now I have it under control most nights, but if I’m away from home I can’t sleep to save my life, so something like this might help!

  • Lexi @ A Spoonful of Sunshine January 5, 2012, 2:01 am

    We had a hypnotist at our high school grad nite, but I was NOT convinced by his tactics. His red, pinstriped pants may have had something to do with that 😛

  • Nicole January 5, 2012, 11:15 am

    Aw, I love the Operation Beautiful picture! Too true.

  • Sophie @ threetimesf January 14, 2012, 3:51 pm

    Never been hypnotized, but I have been having trouble sleepin glately so may give it a go upon your recommendation!
    Great Operation Beautiful note – very creative! 🙂

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