Online insomnia support groups
Meetings are a chance to connect, share & learn what to do about it
Why join a support group meeting?
Meetings happen conveniently online and are led by Ed to make them structured.
Learn more about Ed’s six principles for overcoming insomnia
Insomnia can feel lonely. Connecting with others who get it can really help.
What to expect from a support group?
You’ll get the chance to share your insomnia struggles with others who’ll get it. Many won’t understand exactly what you’re going through, but we will.
In each meeting Ed’s principles for overcoming insomnia are explained by Ed and discussed as a group, giving you a clearer understanding of them.
Overcoming insomnia isn’t always easy and bumps along the road can happen. These meetings offer the ideal support needed for when difficulties arise.
Meetings offer a safe space to share in confidence and without judgement. Everyone is expected to be fully respectful of one another’s confidentiality.
People from all walks of life can experience insomnia and it can affect anyone. Therefore adults from all backgrounds are welcome to attend meetings.
Meetings aim to give you the tools and support to move forward in life without being held back by insomnia or relying on anything to sleep.
Six principles for overcoming insomnia
- 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.
Want to know more about what these 6 principles entail?
This article will help to explain
Support group meeting details
- Support groups are for adults over the age of eighteen and each group meeting is limited to a maximum of ten participants.
- Each meeting is an hour long and for it you’ll need access to zoom and a quiet space.
- You can join any group meeting you like and don’t have to be in the same group.
- These support groups are not a replacement for medical advice or for sleep disorders other than insomnia.
- Please note there’s a small fee of £11 to pay for attending each meeting.
- Support groups are not explicit coaching from Ed on using ACT for insomnia. Please see the group course or consultations or for ACT coaching.
The structure of a meeting
There’s a brief welcome, followed by a few simple grounding and compassion focused exercises led by Ed. Note, no one is expected to introduce themselves in a meeting.
Next is the opportunity for anyone to share their experiences of insomnia and how it’s affected them. Sharing is optional but being willing to open up to the group is encouraged.
Lastly Ed explains more about the six principles, which involves doing some optional exercises. These are discussed as a group and are aimed at helping you with your insomnia.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the meetings suitable for?
Meetings are intended to help those suffering from either short term or chronic insomnia. They’re also suitable for those experiencing insomnia symptoms due to some co-existing health conditions, such as depression, anxiety or chronic pain.
They aren’t, however, for individuals with the following sleep disorders, require medical attention: sleep apnoea, parasomnias (e.g. sleep terrors, sleep paralysis & sleep walking), restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy and REM sleep behaviour disorder.
The meetings are not a crisis support service and are intended for adults under the age of 65 who are medically and psychiatrically stable and healthy. Therefore meetings are not suitable for those experiencing any of the following health conditions: schizophrenia, psychosis, bipolar disorder, feelings and thoughts of suicidality and any neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. dementia).
Please note that if you are taking any prescribed medication, such as sleeping pills, you should always follow your doctor’s advice and guidance for what medication you should or should not be taking, especially for medication exit strategies.
Are meetings formal group therapy sessions using ACT?
The meetings are not formal group therapy sessions and aren’t intended to provide specific guidance on using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) for insomnia. However, they are therapeutic in nature and Ed’s six principles for insomnia and the exercises he shares in the meetings are rooted in an ACT based approach.
How many meetings will I need to attend to improve my insomnia?
Due to the nature of everyone being different and experiencing different issues with sleep it’s hard to say how many meetings different people need to attend to improve their sleep issues.
The aim is that people come away from each meeting feeling empowered to improve their own insomnia without having to routinely rely on external help. However, group support meetings also offer effective continuous support if any problems with sleep arise in the future.
Do I have to talk in a meeting?
No, not if you don’t want to. Participating in group discussions and group exercises is encouraged but optional. Just listening is okay and you’ll never be put on the spot to contribute or expected to share anything personal.
Please bear in mind the discussions are based on the topic of sleep and insomnia and other private personal matters are not discussed.
I’m feeling anxious about attending a meeting, what should I do?
Most people feel anxious about attending a meeting, especially if it’s their first one. You will not be alone in this feeling and it’s totally normal to have. However, everyone there wants you to feel comfortable and supported and is there for the same reason as you are; to help improve their sleep and insomnia too.
Are the meetings anonymous?
No. Due to the nature of using zoom, we cannot guarantee anonymity. However, they aim to be as confidential as possible and all participants are expected to respect one another’s confidentiality when sharing anything personal.
You don’t have to use your real name (you can change the name that appears on your zoom) and you can turn your camera off to help hide your identity if you’d like to. However, by having your camera on it does contribute towards the supportive feel of each meeting.
If you are worried about seeing someone you know in a meeting, then bear in mind the following. Firstly this is very rare and unlikely to happen. Secondly, even if it does happen, you can always leave a meeting and ask to attend another one. However, bear in mind that there may be positives in seeing someone you know in a meeting. It may be that you both hadn’t been open about your difficulties before but could now be a support for each other.
I can no longer make a meeting, what should I do?
It’s okay and understandable if for whatever reason you can no longer attend a meeting that you’d booked a spot in. However, please let me (Ed) know as soon as you know you are unable to attend by emailing me at email@example.com.
If you email me with at least 24 hours notice it may be possible for you to join another meeting on another date free of charge. Secondly if you do not want to attend another meeting and you tell me with at least 24 hours notice, then you will be entitled to a full refund.
Please see our full terms and conditions of bookings for more information on cancellations and refunds.