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When your sleep program goes haywire, it can feel like your ability to sleep has vanished into thin air. Tossing and turning endlessly, watching the clock tick by, and dreading tackling the day ahead with overwhelming exhaustion. It’s a never ending cycle.

You’ve likely tried countless “fixes” to stop the painful cycle sadly to no avail. From relaxation and meditation to sleep hygiene, CBD oil and melatonin… they might offer short-term relief but inevitably the long-term sleep problem persists.

Why is that? According to all the articles you read online and what loved ones say, these should have got rid of your insomnia. So why haven’ they? You begin to wonder if perhaps you are the problem.

But we’re here to tell you that’s not the case. There’s a lot more to your insomnia than these articles, which aren’t based on any sleep science, give credit for. 

Let’s take a deeper look at the inner workings of insomnia now.

How does insomnia work?

Imagine you’re the conductor of an orchestra, but instead of a beautiful melody, you’re met with a chaotic jumbled noise. The violins are out of tune, the trumpet section is too loud, and the percussion is out of sync. This is what managing long-term insomnia is like. A complex combination of many different factors which contribute to a perpetuated sleep problem.

In the first instance, your insomnia may have been caused by just one thing. A few sleepless nights because of work stress, an illness, menopause… But after a few months, the insomnia transforms into a long-term condition of its own. Now simply getting rid of the initial trigger won’t get rid of the sleep problem. Just like simply tuning the violins won’t fix a terrible orchestra.

That’s because long-term insomnia is made up of many different factors, each which plays an important role in keeping it going. These include things like sleep anxiety, dysregulated sleep patterns, hypersensitivity, and a diminished sleep drive. Each factor is like an instrument in your orchestra – with even one of these out of balance it disrupts the entire performance. That’s why “treatments” such as relaxation, sleep hygiene, CBD oil, melatonin and meditation cannot fix insomnia. They may offer short-term relief by helping tackle one or two of the elements momentarily, but they can’t get rid of the overall problem because the other factors remain.

Turning the noise into a symphony

As we have now discovered, the key to overcoming insomnia lies in a comprehensive approach. We must first identify which factors are perpetuating your sleep problem and then systematically address each one in turn. This way you can ensure that all improvements in your sleep are there for good.

The best approach for this, according to sleep science, is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I). With a combination of psychological techniques and behavioural changes to alter your physiology, CBT-I targets each and every factor. At re:sleep, we combine this with other complementary therapies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and group support to ensure your program covers every base. The program is personalised to your sleep and your needs because we know that everybody’s sleep problem is comprised of different factors. We also understand that the process can be tough, so we’re here to break each step down into bitesize pieces which take only 10-minutes a day. No unnecessary techniques or fluff – just what the science says works.

Restoring the beautiful sound of your orchestra can’t be done overnight (we wish it could!) – it will take at least a few weeks of patience and consistency. But with the right therapy it absolutely can be done and you can get back to restful nights and rejuvenated days. The peaceful symphony of good sleep is within your reach!

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