London Sleep Coach
Putting insomnia to bed
Struggling to find a solution to insomnia? I’ve been there…
Don’t let bad sleep continue negatively affecting your life
Through ACT you’ll gain all the knowledge and insights you need to sleep well
ACT for Insomnia
Struggling to know what to do about difficulty sleeping?
The typical advice, tips and recommendations often don’t seem to help.
Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a solution for resolving insomnia if you’ve either tried everything or don’t know where to start. It’s a drug free approach for those who either don’t want to take sleeping pills or for when the pills stop working.
What sleep issues can ACT help?
- Trouble Falling Asleep
- Anxiety around sleep
- Constantly waking up in the night
- Nighttime worry
Meet Ed – Here to help you overcome insomnia
London Sleep Coach
I once suffered from insomnia and know how tough it is. Especially how hard it can be to find a solution that genuinely works. Fortunately there is an answer and I’m here to share with you something that really helps, being Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT).
How I can help
Whether you occasionally sleep badly or suffer from chronic insomnia, I can help your specific situation and tailor guidance that’s right for you.
A simple method
ACT is simple, straightforward and doesn’t involve discussing other personal issues. It only focuses on swiftly improving your sleep despite ongoing stresses and worries in life.
Long term solution
ACT is a drug free approach based on mindfulness, self compassion and committing to your values. It gives you tools and knowledge that’ll help you sleep well for life.
Endorsed by science
ACT is endorsed by the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as an effective way to improve sleep.
Convenient online consultations
In a small number of online consultations you can learn how to use ACT to help your sleep. Unlike some therapies, ACT can be delivered online quickly.
ACT focuses on the following to improve your sleep:
Creating awareness of the thoughts and feelings affecting your sleep and gently moving your attention to focusing on all the other things.
Making room for bad thoughts and feelings happening at night, rather than struggling with them, minimising their impact on your sleep.
Committing to pursuing what you value in life, despite the negative thoughts and feelings insomnia brings, reducing the control it has over you.
Start sleeping better by completing my free online course
Happy clients, sleeping soundly
Frequently Asked Questions
What is London Sleep Coach?
I (Ed Gorst) am a sleep coach based in London who offers therapy and online services to help resolve insomnia-related sleep problems.
Many who suffer from insomnia find a scarcity of effective treatment options. Sleep hygiene advice and other lifestyle changes are usually ineffective and fail to resolve the problem. Furthermore, providing any underlying medical conditions are excluded, the only other treatment options available for insomnia are typically sleeping pills or Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). The issue with these is that sleeping pills are usually only a short-term solution and while CBT-I can help some, it proves ineffective for many.
However, I offer an alternative treatment for insomnia and help using a simple to follow drug-free approach called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). This is a form of therapy that can be delivered through minimal online consultations and offers immediate tools to help improve sleep. It solely focuses on sleep problems, avoiding the need to delve into other personal issues.
What problems with sleep can I help?
I can help with common sleep issues like trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, chronic insomnia and disturbed sleep due to pain and physical discomfort.
Please note that I can’t offer help to individuals over 65, as sleep problems at this age might be due to other health issues and I am not a doctor.
There are certain sleep disorders listed below that I’m not qualified to address, requiring specialist medical attention. These disorders might also result in insomnia as a secondary symptom. In such situations, it’s essential to seek medical help for the primary condition.
- Sleep apnoea
- Parasomnias e.g. sleep walking, night terrors, nightmare disorder, REM sleep behaviour disorder and other abnormal nocturnal events
- Restless legs syndrome
- Periodic limb movements disorder
- Circadian rhythm disorders e.g. advanced & delayed sleep-wake phase disorders and irregular sleep-wake rhythm disorder.
Unsure if you have a problem with sleep?
Anyone can have occasional difficulty sleeping. However, if you’re frequently distressed about your sleep, or regularly struggle to sleep, you may need help.
Common sleep issues include:
- Difficulty falling asleep
- Frequent nighttime awakenings
- Trouble returning to sleep
- Feeling particularly tired/sleepy the next day
- Worrying and getting anxious about sleep
- Obsessing over sleep and sleep hygiene
- Relying on sleeping pills – prescribed or over the counter
- Using substances like alcohol or cannabis to aid sleep
These issues may also indicate sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome or parasomnias (e.g. sleepwalking & sleep terrors). Therefore a medical diagnosis can be needed to rule these out.
You can also sleep badly and not suffer from insomnia. Poor sleep may be a temporary response to lifestyle factors and stress, such as in work and relationships.
Insomnia can affect all ages, sexes, and socio-economic backgrounds. It’s prevalent among those with mental health issues but can also affect healthy individuals too.
What's the evidence that acceptance & commitment therapy can help?
Steven C. Hayes pioneered the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in the early eighties. Since then more than 400 peer reviewed research papers have been published and over 900 randomised controlled trials completed to show how effective ACT can be for treating mental health problems and improving wellbeing. In particular many of these support how succesful ACT can be for improving sleep and overcoming chronic insomnia.
Subsequently the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) endorse the use of ACT.
More information about the evidence for ACT can be found at: https://contextualscience.org/state_of_the_act_evidence
Do I help with the sleep of babies and children?
I only help adults over the age of 18 and do not offer any consultations for children. I also do not offer services for helping parents to improve their babies sleep. However, I can help parents themselves deal better with their own interrupted sleep patterns due to their newborns.