Are you someone who has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep long enough to feel rested in the morning1?
The experts may need 6 months to consider this a problem of insomnia2, but you have likely felt the effects after just a few difficult nights.
I’ve had those nights where I “tried everything” and still couldn’t get to sleep. I’ve suffered through my day in a complete fog.
After years of sleep studies, prescriptions, and dead ends, I was fortunate to learn several, often overlooked reasons for poor sleep: reasons that had me looking more closely at my days rather than worrying so much about my nights. For example, what would you say is your capacity for rest3 during your work days, your evenings, your weekends? What do the voices in your head tell you when you feel the need for downtime? What happens in your physical body? Do you establish and maintain appropriate boundaries that allow you the necessary space for rest? For most people, the answers make perfect sense once we can articulate them; what this means for your sleep and how to change what needs changing is something we’ll explore together.
What if I told you that not getting great sleep could easily cost you — an extra $300,000 in medical bills and more than $700,000 in net worth? Not getting great sleep could even cheat you out of some $8 million in lifetime earning capacity. -Wayne Caswell, The Economic Value of a Good Night’s Sleep.
In addition to other non-traditional ways of assessing your situation and gaining new insights into your sleep challenges, I’ll provide you with a customized set of natural, easy-to-do practices to help you reduce hyperactive energy, re-train your mind-body system back to a reasonable “rest rhythm”, and allow you to get the sleep you desperately need. I’m confident that more quality rest is possible for you!
Ask yourself in this moment:
- What would it be like to be more productive, more focused, and make better decisions?
- What would it feel like to be in a better mood, to solve life’s problems with more ease?
- What would it be like to have fewer sensations of chronic pain, such as back pain and headaches/migraines?
- What would it feel like to improve your creativity, your memory, and your ability to learn things?
- What would it be like to increase your ability to build muscle and stay fit?4,5
If you have experienced that your poor sleep:
- decreases your ability to modulate your appetite
- increases your tendencies toward depression and anxiety
- decreases your immune system’s ability to fight infection,
- reduces your brain power4,5
- or negatively impacts your life in any other way, then:
Did you know that 1 out of every 3 people has experienced some form of insomnia6; if you’re that 1 person, you also have an increased risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity5, depression / anxiety, and even death6!
Let’s make it one less.
- Yoga as Medicine: The Yogic Prescription for Health and Healing by Timothy McCall, M.D., 2007.
- Yoga and Sleep by Bat S. Khalsa; Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Winter 2015, Vol. 24, Issue 4 of “Practice”, p. 12-13.
- “The Yoga of Sleep: Sacred and Scientific Practices to Heal Sleeplessness” by Rubin Naiman, PhD.,
- 23 Incredible Benefits Of Getting More Sleep by Kevin Loria; Business Insider Inc., December 2014.
- 9 Surprising Reasons to Get More Sleep by R. Morgan Griffin; 2010 WebMD, LLC.
- 9 Fascinating Insomnia Sleep Statistics; by Trend Statistics: Facts, Stats, and Trends; August 2016.
- How to Outsmart Your Insomnia by Hillari Dowdle, Yoga Journal, September 2013.