The Power of Belief in Overcoming InsomniaOct 03, 2022
Research has proven the power of belief on health. Learn how a mindset shift can be the catalyst in overcoming insomnia and other sleep disorders.
Henry Ford once said, “Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re right.”
When I'm working with a client who wants to stop taking sleep medications, one of the key things we start working on almost immediately is building their SLEEP CONFIDENCE; that is, the belief that they can confidently take steps to achieve restful sleep again. I want my clients to BELIEVE in their ability to sleep without meds. Why? Because studies show time and time again the power of belief on our physical and mental health.
Becky’s Insomnia Story
I recently worked with a client named Becky. She had been seeing her primary care doctor for a couple of years for help with her sleep. Unfortunately, her sleep progressively got worse. She bounced back and forth between taking four medications to help her sleep…Tylenol PM, Xanax, Resoril, and Sonata. (The latter are prescription sleeping pills indicated for the treatment of short-term insomnia.)
By the time Becky reached out to me, she had a true sense of urgency about wanting to finally fix her sleep problem. One of her top two goals in working with me was to stop taking the meds altogether because she didn’t want to depend on any medication. She was also concerned about taking these medications' long-term adverse side effects.
One of the first things I asked Becky to do was talk with her doctor about her desire to stop taking the medications. Her doctor gave her the green light to move forward with discontinuation.
Within two weeks of working together, Becky had completely stopped taking the meds. I helped her replace what she’d given up with a natural sleep supplement to not only make the transition easier, but help her achieve restful, restorative sleep.
What many people don’t realize is sedation is not the same as sleep.
As a sleep coach, I always want to work within my scope of practice. I involve my client’s healthcare provider in this vital conversation about discontinuing medications.
Sometimes clients choose to go “cold turkey,” as Becky did. Others feel more comfortable gradually reducing their dose. Whatever my client decides, I’m on board and am there to offer accountability and support throughout the process.
Struggling with Insomnia? A Sleep Coach Can Help
As a former insomniac whose mood, energy, and overall health were impacted by a lack of quality sleep, I went on my own journey after a decade of dependence on sleep medication to improve my health and life by improving my own sleep.
Now I work with women to “makeover” their sleep protocols so they fall asleep faster, sleep longer, and wake feeling refreshed.
If you resonate with Becky’s story and feel ready to start taking steps to sleep without relying on medication, consider booking a complimentary consultation with me to see if My Sleep Makeover 1:1 coaching program would be a good fit for you. And if you want to fall asleep faster, stay asleep longer, and feel more rested when you wake up, download my free Sleep Sanctuary Checklist!