Why I coach people suffering from insomnia
I used to suffer with from insomnia myself. However, luckily I found a way to overcome the issue using ACT.
Discover more about my own story to see how it might relate to yours.
My journey overcoming insomnia
Firstly I practiced good sleep hygiene: avoiding caffeine and screens at night, wind down routines, using earplugs/eye masks, herbal remedies, exercising, and taking hot baths before sleep. However, these measures didn’t improve my sleep and only intensified my anxiety when they proved ineffective.
Then I tried deep breathing exercises, yoga and meditation to unwind before bedtime. I also used white noise machines and podcasts to distract my ‘busy’ mind at night. Unfortunately, these strategies also produced no significant improvement.
I thought stress was causing the issue, so I adjusted my work and social habits to reduce my stress levels in an attepmt to improve sleep. However, this didn’t work. The reality is, stress is inevitable. This shift in focus only led me to obsess over sleep, neglecting other important aspects of my life.
Next, I consulted several doctors who prescribed sleeping pills, assuring me that there was no underlying issue impacting my sleep, it was all psychological. This increased my despair, as it felt like I was doomed to struggle with insomnia indefinitely.
I was also recommended to consider therapy, specifically CBT-I. While this might help some, it didn’t resolve my sleep issue. By this point, I had studied the science of sleep hoping to resolve the problem, but this also didn’t lead to any solutions.
Thankfully and finally I came across Acceptance & Commitment Therapy which fully resolved my insomnia. Through ACT I understood the root of my issue and it provided me with all the tools to swiftly overcome it.
I then wanted to share the principles of ACT with others stuck struggling with insomnia and so completed further training in sleep therapy and ACT and started London Sleep Coach.
Six principles for overcoming insomnia
Through both my own experiences with insomnia and helping others experiencing it, I believe these principles are key to helping the issue.
- Being mindful towards the thoughts and feelings keeping you awake at night.
- Accepting sleep cannot be forced and instead being open to wakefulness and valuing resting.
- Committing to pursuing what’s important to you in life despite poor sleep.
- Cultivating compassion for your struggles with sleep.
- Learning to drop the struggle and let go of the striving to find a cure.
- Appreciating the vitality that you still have despite difficulty sleeping.
Questions you might have about my ability to coach you through your insomnia
Can I help your problem with sleep?
If you’re battling with short-term or chronic insomnia, or simply having mild trouble falling or staying asleep, I’m here to help. My approach uses Acceptance & Commitment Therapy and is delivered online over minimal consultations.
However, if your suffering from conditions such as Sleep Apnoea, Narcolepsy, Restless Legs Syndrome, REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder or Parasomnias (such as sleepwalking or sleep terrors), I can’t help. These particular sleep disorders need professional medical intervention.
How do I know how to help people sleep?
It started with my own personal struggle with insomnia, a struggle that persisted until I stumbled across a solution through ACT, which is a straightforward approach and struck me as accessible to everyone.
From there, my understanding and ability in using various therapeutic tools to address insomnia grew. I now help others facing similar challenges by sharing the ACT techniques and insights that once helped me.
Can I help you if I’m not a medical professional?
Insomnia can often be managed without the need for medical treatment. Furthermore, it isn’t always necessary to fully address other health issues like depression or anxiety to improve sleep. If your sleep problems are psychological, ACT can make a difference.
You might also be wondering if long-term therapy is the needed for your insomnia. While that may sometimes be the case, it often isn’t. Whilst ACT is a type of therapy, it can be delivered quickly without going in to all the other problems in your life.