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I Can Make You Sleep Paperback – 1 July 2009
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Paul has famously worked his unique brand of personal transformation with Hollywood movie stars, Olympic gold medallists, rock stars, top business achievers, and royalty. He has consistently astounded his audiences and clients by proving how small changes in people's lives can yield huge results, whether it's curing someone of a lifelong phobia, an addiction or clearing up deep-seated issues in a matter of days...
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- Publisher : BANTAM PRESS; 1st edition (1 July 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0593055381
- ISBN-13 : 978-0593055380
- Reading age : Baby and up
- Dimensions : 14.8 x 1.5 x 21 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 277,880 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A few months after the baby was born, I started having the odd sleepless night. The little fellow would be snoozing away (mostly) and I'd be lying there till the wee hours getting more and more worked up over the fact that I couldn't sleep! I read up about sleep hygiene (no phones, no caffeine, no hanging out in bed) and relaxation techniques, but no matter how relaxed my body was, my mind kept buzzing away despite my best efforts. I began to think it was a hormonal problem, and maybe I should try medication, but I didn't want to be too drowsy to take care of the little fellow if he did wake up, and what about breastfeeding... I got into such a state about sleep and began to associate going to bed with feeling anxious.
As a last-ditch effort before going to the doctor and asking for suitable medication, I bought this e-book and recording. I am so glad I did!
Paul McKenna writes in a very soothing, reassuring manner. I found myself reading chunks of the first chapter out to my husband, exclaiming what a relief it was to read something that made me feel normal and in control of sleep again. I realised that having a baby had disrupted me sleep patterns and I just needed to reprogram myself - there wasn't anything badly wrong with me at all.
Paul McKenna's suggestions regarding sleep hygiene (no screens, no caffeine in the afternoon, bed only for sleeping) weren't anything new, but they were written in a much more comforting, relaxing manner than on health websites. He also had some relaxation/drowsiness techniques I'd never heard of before, and they really work!
Personally I found the book more effective than the recording. The recording is still very relaxing, though. I'm glad they came as a package, because some people are sure to find one method more effective than the other, but they each complement the other.
I've waited over a month to post this review, because I wanted to make sure my insomnia really was reduced/gone before blowing the trumpets. Well, I started sleeping better immediately. At first just a couple of hours more, but after a week or so I was falling asleep quite quickly and only waking up if the baby did. And I usually managed to go back to sleep. I still have the odd, rare blip, but nothing like the problems of a month ago. My anxiety around sleep is much, much reduced. And last night we ALL slept through!
Obviously this is maddening and exhausting, and I was getting utterly desperate and would eventually have bought the book even if it had been much more expensive. But as the book was less than a tenner and included a CD, I thought it was worth a try.
It didn't produce an instant and permanent fix for my insomnia, but it definitely did improve my sleep patterns (and therefore my life!) dramatically.
It's about three years since I started listening to the CD, and most of the time it will put me to sleep within a few seconds. I hardly ever get to hear the end of it. And just as useful for me, when I do wake up again during the night, I don't get anxious about it and think, "Waaaah - it's 03:30 in the morning and I won't be able to get to sleep again now, and by the time I get up for work I'll be a zombie". Instead I think, "Well, I reckon I'll be able to get a few more hours' sleep between now and getting up, because 99% of the time that's what happens", and then I put the CD on and go to sleep. Hooray, and thanks Paul!
The other secret of my success has been to buy a 'Pillow Talk' speaker, which plugs into the CD or MP3 player etc, and goes underneath my pillow. That way I can listen to it without disturbing my husband, and without having to put earphones in my ears. 3.5mm Pillow Talk Speaker For Radio Or Audio Players