Overcoming sleep anxiety triggered by becoming a mum - Helen's Story
Helen's sleep problem in brief:
+ Feeling very anxious about sleep
+ Chaotic sleep pattern
+ Separate bed from her husband
+ Extremely sensitive to her environment when going to sleep
After the birth of her first child, Helens sleep routine was disrupted which led to her developing intensely anxious feelings around sleep and night time. She felt panic when there was anyone else in the room meaning her husband was sleeping in another bed and she didn’t feel able to stay with parents or friends. She had had a number of panic attacks when awake in the night.
In her words ...
I really couldn’t imagine there was a way out of these problems until I made contact with Emma. Within a few weeks my husband was back in our bed and I felt calm and relaxed going to sleep. I have even been on holiday for a few days with friends and didn’t panic about sleeping at all.
A note from Emma
Having a baby is a very vulnerable time for sleep as night times become very disturbed. For some people, like Helen, this is the trigger for a bigger sleep problem to take hold. Once Helen sought help and understood what was causing her problems and learnt some methods to allow her to take control and improve her situation, her sleep quickly recovered and she was able to feel happy and relaxed at bedtime again.