Breaking the cycle of anxiety and sleeplessness - Debbie's Story
Debbie's sleep problem in brief:
+ Very high anxiety at night
+ Very broken sleep
+ Some nights not sleeping at all
+Felt she was stopping herself from sleeping
Debbie was stuck in a cycle of anxiety and insomnia. The more anxious she was, the less she slept and therefore the more anxious she became. She was experiencing a lot of physical symptoms linked to anxiety and sleeplessness and this was making it difficult for her to function at work and to do anything in her own time. She was very frustrated because she felt she was stopping herself from sleeping without understanding why.
In her words:
I am actually really glad I had this sleep problem as it made me confront the things that weren’t working for me in my life and put them right. Emma helped me to relax and learn to think differently about myself so I could deal with things better. I am now sleeping properly and I am so much healthier and happier than I was only a short time ago
A note from Emma
The problems with sleep were what prompted Debbie to seek help, but through working on her sleep she was able to apply the strategies she learnt in the rest of her life which allowed everything to improve. Our first measurement of her anxiety symptoms was 64, then 8 weeks later we repeated the measure and the resulting score was 9. Debbie made huge improvements to her life in general by deciding to work on rebuilding her sleep.