Sooner or later, every Consulting Hypnotist will be asked that question. Earlier today the most obvious and logical answer came to me out of the blue.
My client had been in deep trance for about 40 minutes. I emerged her by counting down from five to one, giving suggestions for good feeling and positive progress with each number and ending with "One. Fully aware, open your eyes and notice that you do feel good!"
As she opened her eyes, yawned and stretched I asked her how long she thought the session had lasted - "About five minutes". When I told her that it was almost three quarters of an hour she was astonished.
"I don't really remember very much of what you said. I must have fallen asleep." When I assured her that she was not asleep she asked that question: "How do you know I was not asleep? I must have been asleep."
"If you were asleep, and not listening to what I was saying, I would have had to rouse you. But you opened your eyes and emerged from trance simply by responding to my quiet suggestion that you do so."
She thought for a second and said "That's Right. I sleep so soundly that they need to yell at me to wake up."
ps - My emergence routine is patterned after the one in "Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy" by Cal Banyan and Gerry Kein. Highly recommended!
Robert M Dunscomb
Board Certified Consulting Hypnotist
NGH Member of the Year 2010