I know that there are so many people struggling with a sleep problem that have found themselves feeling lost and hopeless. I have decided to share a series of stories from my clients (with their permission of course) with the aim of putting positive information out into the world and inspiring hope for anyone having difficulties.

Jez’s sleep problem in brief:

+ 20 years of trouble sleeping

+ Get to sleep no problem but wake after a few hours

+ 3 hours a night or less

+ Felt sleep was of poor quality

+ Reliance on sleeping tablets to get any sleep

 

In his words…

Describe how things were for you just before you found Emma (e.g., how long the problem had been going on for, how much sleep you were getting, how you were feeling).

Before I sought Emma’s help I’d had problems sleeping for 20 years – a combination of a noisy neighbourhood, then children, then work had all played their part keeping me awake or waking me in the night. However, in the past couple of years the situation deteriorated to the point where I was only able to function properly by taking sleeping pills.  It was normal to be getting three hours of sleep a night or less, sometimes none at all.  Apart from obviously being exhausted all the time, the low-mood and impact on day-to-day life was awful.

Describe how things are for you now since ending your sleep therapy. What has changed?

I feel transformed.  Sleep is longer an issue!  I sleep about seven hours a night and wake up refreshed and clear headed.  I still wake up occasionally, but this isn’t a problem and I drift back off again (previously impossible).

If you could go back and give yourself a piece of advice or support when you were struggling, what would it be?

If I could go back and give myself a piece of advice, it would be to seek professional, i.e. Emma’s, help earlier.  I spent years thinking it was ‘just me’ and as my sleep worsened I spent months of desperate wasted effort on ‘internet cures’ – don’t watch TV, no ‘blue light’ etc. – all nonsense!  Don’t waste your time, get help.

Are there any other comments you would like to make?

I can’t think of a way the experience could be improved – Emma took me through the basics and then quickly homed in on my problems so from there is was easy to take the steps she suggested.