Are you having a hard time falling asleep or maintaining sleep? It can be absolutely terrible and those that haven’t experienced it yet can’t relate to the awful feeling of lying there tossing and turning, knowing you have to get up soon and it feels like you are the only one in the entire world that is still awake. Insomnia is a lonely condition. It’s also really terrible and can cast a dark shadow on every aspects of ones life.
In this guide I will present you with a potential way out of it. The guide won’t work for everyone experiencing insomnia and it requires that you make a couple of changes for it to work. It’s also not a quick fix. You won’t see any immeditate changes.
It’s not enough that you just read this guide. You have to make changes to your habits when it comes to sleep.
My name is Andreas Meistad and I’ve been working as a sleep therapist for the last 10 years. I’ve helped hundreds of people get a better night’s sleep.
My sleep therapy journey started in 2017 when I first heard about cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I). I was fascinated by the idea that you could treat insomnia without medication. I started reading everything I could find about CBT-I and I started practicing it with my patients.
The results were amazing. I saw people who had been struggling with insomnia for years finally get a good night’s sleep. I saw people who had been taking sleeping pills for years finally get off them. I saw people who had been struggling with anxiety and depression finally get some relief. It was amazing.
The goal of this guide isn’t to fix your sleep. I know that sounds a bit counterintuitive but the goal is to address the underlying issues why you won’t sleep. For most this is that sleep takes up too much space in their heads. You can’t sleep because the brain thinks that sleep is something you need to strive for and when it’s time to sleep, it’s like an performance act. The truth is, the harder you try to sleep and work to get it, the harder it comes.
That’s why the goal of this guide is to help you stop worrying about sleep at all. Once that happens sleep will comme as a result of that.
Sure, sleep is important and is something we need. It’s important like food is important, but that doesn’t mean you need to prioritize eating at all costs, or eating all the time.
The reason this chapter exists is that I think people worry way too much about their sleep. And it’s actually a big reason that people have sleep problems. It’s a vicious cycle. You worry about sleep, you can’t sleep, you worry more about sleep, you sleep even less.