How Can I Help My Insomnia?
Insomnia can be so hard to cope with. When you don’t get enough sleep you can feel slow, moody, and even frantic. Insomnia can negatively affect your performance at work, and cause problems in your relationships, when you feel grumpy and out-of-it. Worse, being worried and stressed about not being able to sleep can make it even harder to sleep. When this happens, insomnia leads to even more insomnia! It’s no wonder that many people turn to sleeping pills, alcohol, and other sedating drugs. Sleeping pills and other drugs don’t work very well for more than a few days, and are often bad for your overall health. Happily though, most people can retrain their bodies to sleep well in a few weeks time, without drugs or devices.
CBT-I, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, helps your insomnia with a comprehensive program for getting consistent, healthy sleep. Taking charge of your sleep is easy if you know what to do. Rest Assured Sleep Seminars teach you time-tested methods to help you identify specific problems with your sleep, and show you how to fix them. You’ll learn how to fall asleep faster, sleep through the night, and get the right amount of sleep. Best of all, once you have learned how to correct your sleep, you will be able to do it again if your insomnia returns. You will not be dependent on doctors, medications, or devices, to get your sleep back on track. As the saying goes, knowledge is power. With sleep, this is true.
Our CBT-I program is a natural sleep remedy that realigns your body’s own physical systems that cause healthy sleep. We teach you how to overcome your insomnia without medication. If you are currently taking sleeping pills, we can show you how to safely stop using them. Through our teleseminars, program information, and the support we provide, you can retrain your brain and body systems to get the right amount of healthy sleep.
Insomnia often starts with a life event that keeps you up at night. This could be: having a new baby, pulling all-nighters for school or work deadlines, night shifts at work, an illness, a painful injury, loss of a loved one, or some other disruption in your normal sleep routine. After a few nights of insomnia your central nervous system can, unfortunately, normalize being awake at night; this perpetuates insomnia. A negative feedback loop of feeling awake at night, and stress about being awake, can be difficult to break out of. This is how acute, or temporary, insomnia becomes chronic insomnia. Fortunately, our sleep systems can be retrained to get normal, healthy sleep in just a few weeks.
The best way to improve sleep is to work with our natural body systems to make sleep consistent and efficient. Research in many areas of science has given us effective tools that target how to make specific improvements in your sleep. These tools help you change habits and routines in specific ways to use your body’s natural sleep drive to get efficient sleep. When you make these changes your body’s sleep system changes along with you.
Sleep research, along with the disciplines of cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, health, and sports psychology, have developed simple tools and methods for fixing most problems with sleep. Here are a few examples of tools you will learn how to use in a Rest Assured Sleep Seminar:
- Sleep scheduling strategies increase the availability of the neuromodulator adenosine, the agent our bodies produce that puts us to sleep.
- Small changes in our daily routines enhance the effect of the melatonin that occurs naturally in our bodies. Melatonin is a hormone that helps us sleep through the night.
- The sleep system of our central nervous system can be recalibrated to make us sleep consistently for the right amount of time.
- Insomnia is often accompanied by anxiety and stress. Our program trains you in several strategies for managing stress.
- Certain kinds of physical exercise, at certain times of day, can make numerous body systems work better facilitating sleep.
Rest Assured Sleep Seminars train you to use these, and other tools, so you can become an expert at your own sleep management. In our CBT-I program, you get step-by-step methods for using these tools to maximum benefit, along with an explanation of how they work and why. Our program is presented over six 90-minute teleseminar sessions, together with support materials, group discussion, and a private online Q & A forum. All you have to do is follow our instructions to get rid of your insomnia.
Natural, healthy sleep through CBT-I is not a short-term solution or a temporary fix. By following our program you can expect permanent gains from getting your sleep on the right track. In the early weeks of the program you will learn how much sleep your body needs and exactly how to get it. After a couple of months your body will normalize a new, healthy sleep routine. Your central nervous system will habituate to this new sleep pattern, and your body will sleep through the night automatically.
At Rest Assured Sleep Seminars, our goal is to make our CBT-I program as easy and accessible as possible for you. As you learn how to use our tools for improving your sleep, you will realize that this program can be used anywhere and anytime. You will take your knowledge and skills wherever you go, and apply them to nearly any circumstances. You will be able to fall asleep easily without sleeping pills, and sleep through the night.