Recovering from 20 years of severe insomnia to getting restful nights sleep - Jez's Story
JEZ’S SLEEP PROBLEM IN BRIEF:
+ 20 years of trouble sleeping
+ Get to sleep no problem but wake after a few hours
+ 3 hours a night or less
+ Felt sleep was of poor quality
+ Reliance on sleeping tablets to get any sleep at all
Jez had a good evening routine, followed all the sleep hygiene advice and would get to sleep no problem, but then would wake up 3 hours later and that would often be him wide awake for the rest of the night. Occasionally he would fall back asleep but he did not feel that was good quality sleep. He described having 'hassle dreams' where he would feel stressed. His mind would race when he was awake in the night and he would read a book to try to distract his mind away from this. One weekend a month he would be on call for work and on these nights he slept even less. He was exhausted, would often fall asleep in front of the TV but could never sleep a full night. He was finding that sleeping tablets were becoming less and less effective. The biggest stress in his life was his lack of sleep - he felt that if he could be well rested, he would be able to cope with his work stress without a problem.
IN HIS 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).
Before I sought Emma’s help I’d had problems sleeping for 20 years – a combination of a noisy neighbourhood, then children, then work had all played their part keeping me awake or waking me in the night. However, in the past couple of years the situation deteriorated to the point where I was only able to function properly by taking sleeping pills. It was normal to be getting three hours of sleep a night or less, sometimes none at all. Apart from obviously being exhausted all the time, the low-mood and impact on day-to-day life was awful.
DESCRIBE HOW THINGS ARE FOR YOU NOW SINCE ENDING YOUR SLEEP THERAPY. WHAT HAS CHANGED?
I feel transformed. Sleep is longer an issue! I sleep about seven hours a night and wake up refreshed and clear headed. I still wake up occasionally, but this isn’t a problem and I drift back off again (previously impossible).
IF YOU COULD GO BACK AND GIVE YOURSELF A PIECE OF ADVICE OR SUPPORT WHEN YOU WERE STRUGGLING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
ARE THERE ANY OTHER COMMENTS YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE?