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  • Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Moon Ltd (9 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957104812
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957104815
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sasha Stephens is a writer and ex-chronic insomniac. She studied Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire before starting a PhD in Anthropology at the University of East London. After making a complete recovery from 15 years of insomnia, she turned her attention to writing.

"The Effortless Sleep Method" is Sasha's first book and is a condensed version of her complete insomnia treatment programme.

Sasha lives in Hove, England with her Siamese cat.

For more details of Sasha's full range of insomnia products see http://www.effortless-sleep.com or you can visit her blog at http://www.sashastephens.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By liz1 on 1 Dec 2013
Format: Paperback
Having read sasha's first book a few months ago and seeing quick results, I was excited to hear she was releasing a new book the effortless sleep companion. At first I thought, but surely there's not much more to cover, but there is and she covers a variety of questions that have been put to her over the years.  The book also concentrates on thoughts and negative thinking which keeps our insomnia going. I particularly like her description of the fear cycle that keeps us in that insomnia trap. she says that if you don't fear insomnia it becomes powerless and I totally agree with this, since I have realised that after a sleepless night I can still function and go to work (although I may feel rubbish) I can still get through the day  and know that eventually I will sleep!. It really is amazing how much our thoughts effect us. Having suffered with anxiety I have had my eyes opened to this fully over the past year.

There is also a section on setbacks and what happens when you go through a bad patch again. This was very reassuring to know that this is perfectly normal. It is how you react to these bad nights that will make all the difference.

Sasha's writes in a way that really speaks to you. There's something about the way a person writes when they have suffered what you have, that speaks to you on a different level and there is true understanding.

I would definetly recommend this book, in fact her advice applies not just to sleep but is also a helpful attitude to life in general.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr CJ Bell on 3 Jun 2014
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I have purchased both of Sasha books now and this book is exceptional as it goes into more detail than the Effortless Sleep Book. My problem started in February 2014 through a noisy neighbour and stress from work. After years on end sleeping a solid 8 hours a night I found I was waking up 10-12 times a night and only ever achieving stage 1 sleep. Like many others i rushed off to the chemists for OTC drugs that amplified the problem, enrolled on a SRT program which made the problem worse! After reading quite a bit myself I realised that the problem was essentially just a learned bad habit amplified by my own actions! Anyway after starting to commit to the 12 commandments as I like to call them and learning to understand insomnia a little better or I like to call insomnia bad sleeping habits! i have found over the last week i have had 1 bad night now waking up a 6-7 times but getting straight back to sleep to the other 6 nights waking maybe 2-3 times and getting back to sleep straight away.

My mother after reading Sasha first book has went from 30 years of bad sleep spending most of her night reading to sleeping from 11pm to 0630am every night now, it took her 4 weeks to turn the 30 year habit around!

I agree with the commentator in the book who calls Sasha and angel! Not many people after suffering what Sasha went through for 15 years would still want to actively engage with something that wreaked havoc on her life for so long! So thank you Sasha both from me who is still recovering and from my mother 30 years of bad sleep gone in 4 weeks! Thank you!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Laura Jones on 27 Oct 2013
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For anyone who has suffered chronic insomnia I believe loneliness can be the scariest thing. Sasha delivers not just the comfort of someone who has been through it all herself, but absolute logic and actual solutions that ring true. Instinctively I knew this was the solution because it all felt so familiar and the answers so right. In a world saturated with self-help books, this is the only thing worth taking the time to follow. I needed to hear some tough love, I was stopping and starting, trying things then ditching them - Sasha gave me a talking to in the best possible way. And for the first time I really feel positive and on my way back to normality.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K A Hudson on 16 Nov 2013
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Since I adopted the Effortless Sleep Method in Sasha Stephens' first book my sleep has improved considerably in duration and quality. I was curious to see what more she could have found to say on the subject and a little suspicious it might be just a rehash. Admittedly, the Method is essentially unchanged and is described again so that this book makes sense to people who haven't read the first one. Nevertheless, I found there was sufficient new information to make the book well worth reading. Sasha has drawn on many discussions and consultations with users to clarify, refine and supplement her advice. A particularly important addition is a whole chapter on how to cope with the inevitable bad nights, without sabotaging one's recovery by overreacting. ( It is Sasha's belief that overreaction to a period of missed sleep is what got most of us on the path to insomnia in the first place.) Having tips on techniques in inset boxes in the main text rather than tucked away in an appendix is also an improvement. If you haven't read the first book , I would recommend buying this one instead. If you have read the first book, The Effortless Sleep Companion might help you become an (even) better sleeper. I'm certainly going to make a few tweaks to my approach after reading it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tami on 1 Jan 2014
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The thing with Sasha is that she completely and utterly identifies and empathizes with her readers. And it comes across so strongly in her books that you can't help BUT feel so supported and validated; that someone else knows exactly what you're going through and more than that, can help you on the (sometimes) long road to 100% recovery.

I found Sasha's first book, The Effortless Sleep Method, extremely insightful and very helpful. I read it at a time when I was actually sleeping better, after coming to some of the realizations that she describes in the book, myself. I was going through a massive process of self-realization and understanding that your thoughts totally direct your mindset, attitude and, essentially, your life. And Sasha not only reaffirmed these ideas but further strengthened them. And this new book takes the idea even further.

What she stresses over and over is that it is YOUR hands to change your sleep and no one else can control it for you. And I love the way she explains how insomnia is a fabricated concept and that it does not actually exist. What does exist though, is your attitude towards sleep, and once you control that, you'll be in a totally different place.

While this second book doesn't offer so much NEW information (especially the first half). what it does do is strengthen your resolve in changing your attitudes and makes you feel validated for finding the struggle hard. Sasha encourages you to keep at it and she answers every single question you may have, even if you ask the same thing over and over again, in multiple ways! Although I was sleeping better at the time of the first book, soon after I had an awful AWFUL relapse and there were times that I wasn't sleeping for whole nights in a row.
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