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How Can I Fix My Sleep Problem?

I have been working with people to improve their sleep for almost a decade. This process has taught me that no matter what you might think, there are no hopeless cases. YOU might think you are a poor sleeper for life, but that can be changed! Good sleep is our birthright and essential to a healthy mind and body. I have had many clients coming to me feeling like they have tried everything. They’ve had sleep studies, tried Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for sleep, gone to sleep psychologists, read countless books and magazine articles on the subject, asked their doctor for help and subsequently have taken sleeping pills for many years. I’ve worked with people who have had chronic insomnia, night after night, for 1 or 2 or 5 years, some for 10, 20 or 30 years. Some of my clients have even said they’ve been poor sleepers their whole lives!

But together, with 90 days of consistent effort, we have turned that around. Can you imagine the joy of someone who has had poor...

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Why Can't I Sleep?

These days, everyone and his dog seems to have a suggestion for improving your sleep. The reality is, however, when you have insomnia —chronic or long term difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep—even medical sleep specialists find it difficult to treat.

I found this out a decade ago when I'd recently fixed my own sleep issues and was just starting out on my helping-other-people-sleep journey. While in the US for my sleep coach training,  I made friends with a woman whose husband was a sleep specialist doctor. She told him about the training I was doing in The Sounder Sleep™. Her husband wanted to meet me.

We met for coffee in a little coffee shop in Salt Lake City. I was a little nervous to meet a medical expert on sleep when I was only just starting my training. But he was really interested in what I was learning, asking me lots of questions and nodding often. Then he said something that really surprised me. “If you’re able to fix...

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Can a poor sleeper become a good sleeper?

Sleep disorders like insomnia are usually not born but made. Often they start during a time of situational stress like with the birth of a new baby, starting a new job, death of loved one, relationship problems. Most often people find that insomnia occurs as delayed sleep onset (difficulty falling asleep) or difficulty with sleep maintenance (difficulty staying asleep or sleeping long enough). Sometimes insomnia manifests as BOTH. I have had clients who before working with me got only 2 hours sleep per night, and in many cases had nights when they did not sleep at all.

Chronic insomnia as defined by the National Sleep Foundation is when difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep happens three or more nights per week, for at least three months.

If you were sleeping only 4 or 5 hours per night on a good night, with other nights where you were lying awake for hours, and sometimes all night, it's understandable that you might start to think of yourself as someone who is...

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How to Fall Asleep

If you have trouble sleeping, how to fall asleep can become something you think about constantly. Falling asleep fast can seem like a distant dream when you toss and turn for an hour or more before you can fall asleep. You may have even had nights when you can’t fall asleep at all! After months or years of this, insomnia is no longer just one of a growing epidemic of sleep disorders; it’s your new normal.

It just doesn’t make sense. You’re tired. Fatigued, You want and need to sleep. You may even be doing some or all of the right things, like practicing good sleep hygiene as suggested by your doctor or psychologist or the last magazine article or internet search you did. You have a regular bedtime routine. You switch off your phone or computer at least an hour before bed. You drink a cup of warm milk and honey or camomile tea or you have a prescription for melatonin. And sure, you get sleepy, often on the couch while you’re watching TV or in the late...

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