Deep restful sleep is a great blessing. We live in a time where increasing numbers of us suffer from the effects of not being restored through deep sleep. I spent many uneasy years with insomnia with little idea of what resources were available to help me rest again. My own journey back to sleep left me with a passion to help resource others so that their journey was not as long as mine. As a generalization, insomnia is caused by a stressed nervous system which remains activated when it is not softened and nourished through deep rest. Encouraging easefulness is the road to a cure. Ease cannot be induced through medicalization, so pills and potions which though occasionally offering respite offer no systemic route to reorientation.
Ease comes through self-care. So, the sleep deprived person has to be prepared to invest time in unknotting the stressful patterns that keep us all too awake. My work is to help educate people with programs tailored to their needs that they can use to help bring back sleep. This includes practical methods of alleviating stress some of which is yoga based. In private work I would also provide a listening ear where requested.
The workshop is designed to take us through an overview of the kind of work that is available to help the insomniac and includes some practical explorations. It includes something of modern sleep science and the physiology of sleep which are valuable resources. Insomnia therapy can be divided into three parts. Firstly, there is usually an initial reason why sleep got to where it is. This generally needs to be met and integrated at some point. Secondly is sleep management, which is surveying on an on-going basis the relationship of our lifestyle to sleep and introducing change where necessary. Thirdly are the practices designed to calm the nervous system including the ways in which we might soften the fears and anxieties that are generally concurrent with sleeplessness.
Insomnia needn’t be a permanent state of affairs, but it does take time for positive change to take effect. My own involvement with this area of therapy has clearly demonstrated that the restoration of sleep really does happen. The workshop will include time for questions and some conversation.