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.

Ruth’s sleep problem in brief:

 + 2 years of insomnia

+ Little to no sleep on nights before going to work, sleeping well on non work nights

+ Considering giving up work

+ Feelings of panic going to bed

In hER 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).

Following an intensely stressful time at work my sleep became increasingly difficult. It started with waking up at 1am for the remainder of the night, and then rapidly deteriorated into a situation where I would not fall asleep at all on the days before work. This lead to me feeling exhausted and lacking competence at work. Worry about poor performance, but not feeling able to talk to anybody about it. At times I considered giving up my job completely, which was a job in the NHS that I loved. I found that the idea of sleep itself and the build-up to going to bed became an anxiety in itself, with physical symptoms of panic as bedtime approached. I found Emma’s website in desperation, having tried two other therapists specialising in counselling and hypnotherapy. Her approach was simple, yet highly effective and reassuring. I started to understand the patterns of sleep disruption that I had fallen into, and within a couple of weeks had managed to make changes to my evening routine and thinking that reduced anxiety around sleep. I started to sleep for a few hours per night, which increased my confidence and lead to further improvements in my sleep. I still have the odd bad night, but now I just don’t worry about it as much, and it does not impact on my life in any way near the same as it used to.

DESCRIBE HOW THINGS ARE FOR YOU NOW   

As above, increased confidence in myself, ability to cope when things don’t go to plan, more flexibility with sleep

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

I would have contacted Emma much sooner, her approach was simple, cost effective and by far the best option for me

Are there any other comments you would like to make?   

No I liked the options of online consultations to fit in with my life, and her follow up support afterwards.