I was a bit skeptical at first and didn’t know what I was getting myself into

I was a bit skeptical at first and didn’t know what I was getting myself into

Erin Pearson, Health Psychologist, Melbourne, Australia

“I had a baby in May last year and my mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer 5 months later. I think the sleep problems set in just after my baby was born. I did, off course, expect interrupted sleep with a baby, and the first 3 months were exhausting, but I was successful in teaching my baby to sleep and she has slept through the night since she was about 4 months old, which is when my sleep problems started… then came my mums diagnosis and nights apon nights of not falling asleep until 2-3am and waking at 6 with my baby. It is very hard to function as a mum on 3-4 hours of fitful sleep…

I have also been finishing my PhD and teaching at uni. Often, if I didn’t have to go into uni, I would stay in all day and not get out of my pajamas. I was very reluctant to take sleeping pills as I have read lots of bad things about them in the course of my studies. I did, however, start to rely on a strong headache tablet which was the only thing that I had access to that seemed to calm me down enough to sleep. I was feeling very much like a rat on a wheel, just a futile and endless spin. My husband was getting really worried about me and my difficulty was putting a lot of strain on him and our relationship.

I found your website about 2 and a half weeks ago whilst researching a wellness course that I had been asked to write for 2nd year university students. I was a bit skeptical at first and didn’t know what I was getting myself into…

I don’t make a habit of downloading info from the internet but I was getting increasingly desperate to find a solution to my sleep problems. I found your manner to be reassuring, supportive, caring, and extremely helpful. I watched the sleep optimization course from start to finish right there and then. I am a health psychologist and most of the information was not new to me, but it had never been put all together like that and it is amazing how blind you are when it is you who is the problem and you are in a fog of sleep deprivation.

Since then I have made many changes. I know it cost a bit of money to get access to your site and the tracks, but I really think that the benefit far outweighs the cost and I do get the strong sense that you are not just trying to make money, but to help people. I have had so many people tell me what to do to cure my sleep problems – warm milk, listening to talkback radio, reading, having a few drinks, counting sheep, counting backwards from 100, trying to imagine field of grass swaying in the breeze and then attempting to stop the swaying, taking drugs, just switch off! – all well intentioned, none helped. You are the first person to really offer practical, researched, empathetic, and solid assistance. Thank you so much.”

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