Steve's sleep problem in brief:
+ Broken and disturbed sleep
+ Waking for the day from 3 or 4am
+ Felt reliant and stuck on sleeping tablets
+ Fear of going to bed
+ Significant affect on every day functioning
Steve developed sleep problems when he was dealing with an anxiety provoking health situation. His health situation improved but his sleep did not. He then struggled for over a year with the effects of sleep deprivation and dreading going to bed. He had just sought help when the Covid 19 pandemic took hold and saw us going into lockdown.
I was getting really broken sleep, sometimes only 4 hours a night and the lack of sleep meant I couldn't function in the day and it affected my family life which is really important to me. It was making me ill. My health situation improved but the sleep problems didn't improve at all. I was prescribed sleeping tablets which meant I was getting more sleep but I felt drowsy and lethargic the following day. I was anxious that they would stop prescribing the tablets which made me realise I was becoming reliant on them. I put up with this situation for over a year. I had a fear of going to bed, I was dreading going to bed because I knew I wasn't going to sleep. My family could see a deterioration in me and researched where I could go for help and I found your website. I was cynical that anything could help me and I was embarrassed that I couldn't do this really simple thing - to sleep. I didn't see how I would ever be able to come off the sleeping tablets
I felt like a weight was lifted off me as soon as I had my first session with you. The reliance of tablets has been taken away from me completely now. I have a flexible evening routine now, I listen to your recording if I need it but I haven't for a long time. I am much more relaxed in my approach to sleep, I don't go to bed and worry about it, if i wake up I don't fret about it and i am able to turn over and go back to sleep. And all this during the Covid-19 crisis and the associated stress. I have got my days back, I feel more relaxed and we can make plans again. I am now getting anywhere between 6.5 - 8 hours sleep a night, every night. I even had a lie in yesterday morning. It has made the world of difference.