If you do, then you are not alone.
The National Institutes of Health report that, “An estimated 50-70 million adults in the United States have chronic sleep or wakefulness disorders.”
the birth of a new baby, a stressful period at work or an episode of
worry or anxiety, people can sometimes lose the “knack” of falling
asleep. The “knack” of falling asleep is the ability to get into bed
and drift into a peaceful, restful sleep without trying or putting in
effort — that is, to sleep like a baby. It’s as if they have forgotten
how to fall asleep “naturally.”
What do people do when faced with this kind of difficulty?
many, the prospect of yet another sleepless night is too much to bear,
so they set about trying to make themselves sleep. They turn and twist
in their bed in an attempt to make sleep happen. Getting to sleep
becomes a battle involving determination and force of will. But the
harder they try, the more sleep escapes them. It is at this point that
many people begin to realize just how little control they have over
sleep; they discover that sleep is not something that conforms readily
to the behest of their will.
Then comes the realization if they
can’t “will” themselves to sleep, they are in real trouble, because this
is what people do, when it comes to making things happen in their
lives. If they can’t “make” it happen, then it’s down to chance whether
or not they get to sleep. The belief that sleep is down to chance is a
breeding ground for anxiety and stress. Will I or won’t I get to
sleep tonight? What if I don’t? What if I’m awake all night? If I
don’t get to sleep then I’m going to be wrecked tomorrow — I have so
much going on, I’ll never get through it all (Help Me Sleep: How to Overcome Your Sleep Problems).
has now become a risky business; anxiety and stress are not and have
never been favorable conditions for a good night’s sleep.
referred to me for help several years ago had developed a fear of going
to bed. Every time he passed his bedroom door he began to feel tense
and anxious. The prospect of lying awake all night was so awful for
him, that he had developed an aversion to it — in the same way that
people develop a fear of spiders, he had developed a fear of being
I see a lot of people who say they can get off to sleep OK,
but awaken after only a couple of hours and can’t get back to sleep.
Others say that they get into bed, often tired or exhausted, but can’t
get to sleep. When I ask them why they think this is, they say, it’s
because they can’t “switch off” — their minds are too active, jumping
from one thing to another, replaying the events of the day or thinking
ahead to tomorrow or to next week.
Does any of the above sound familiar to you?
you find yourself awake at night, going over the affairs of the day or
worrying about some future event that may never happen?
What can you do about it?
help people move forward, I firmly believe in raising people’s
awareness by providing them with information (like that included in the
video below); information linked to their own particular difficulty,
because when people have information they make better decisions and
Lists of dos and don’ts for a good night’s sleep have
their place, but in my experience, it is only when people are informed
— when they understand and have a deep awareness regarding the whys and
wherefores of those dos and don’ts, that they are prepared to make more
enlightened choices. For example, when they become aware of the way
the brain works in relation to sleep, people very often realize that
what they do and how they think, instead of helping them get to sleep,
actually obstructs their brain’s ability to induce sleep “naturally.”
This is an important discovery, “What I do and how I think is keeping me awake at night. Can you believe it? (Video: Help Me Sleep: How to Overcome Your Sleep Problems).
Could this be true for you too?
Click on video link below to see how thoughts and worries can keep you awake at night.