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- April 6, 2021 at 6:33 am #40690
Kristina Balun✓ Client
Keep going. I completed this course almost a year ago and now sleep 6-8 hours a night. I was having the hardest time with trying to control how much sleep I got and when I fell asleep. The biggest take away is that you can’t control it! Also, you cant control the thoughts that surround sleep but know and remind yourself that they are just thoughts. They try to play on our most vulnerable emotions and anxieties, but they aren’t true.
Trust the process, you will sleep again. I know right now many of you feel defeated, hopeless, and exhausted but know that you can do it and your sleep with return again. Sure, you will have the occasional bad night or so but trust yourself and trust that there is nothing wrong with you or your sleep. This happens sometimes and you are in the best place to start to correct it. Martin’s course guided me on how to make things make sense to me at the time that I was struggling to get sleep. Biggest takeway- remember you can’t control sleep and stay away from sleep aides.April 6, 2021 at 7:09 am #40691
Jaran✘ Not a client
Thank you for this Kristina. I’ve had chronic insomnia for decades, regardless of the ups and downs of life. I’ve been implementing CBTI for about 7 weeks now with surprisingly good results! I feel like I’ve got a handle on the main components of sleep restriction and stimulus control. I’ve spent lots of time learning about sleep, listening to success stories, and reframing my unhelpful beliefs. I’m weaning myself off sleep aids, which had become a serious problem. I’m feeling so encouraged that I’ve started sharing what I’ve been doing with family and close friends.
My biggest struggle is still letting go of the control and efforts, and what to do with my mind when I first get into bed. I know this is key. So I wait ’til I’m good and sleepy, then go to bed and say to myself, “Ok, I’m *not* going to try and make myself sleep.” But even if I try not to focus on sleep, quite honestly, that’s why I’m laying in bed–to go to sleep! So figuring out how to just let go and let my mind drift is something I’ve not yet mastered.
It’s really encouraging to hear a long-term success story like yours. Thank you! I hope to post something similar a year from now!April 6, 2021 at 8:05 am #40693
Thanks for sharing your success story and wonderful advice for others! As you mentioned, “KEEP GOING” and trust the process/techniques is important in achieving long term positive results. Glad to hear you’ve seen tremendous progress!
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