The Effortless Sleep Method: The Incredible New Cure for Insomnia and Chronic Sleep Problems Paperback – 31 Jan 2011
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About the Author
Sasha Stephens suffered a full fifteen years with chronic insomnia before a chance event enabled her to see the problem from an entirely new perspective. What came next was astonishing; fifteen years of insomnia had disappeared in the space of a few weeks. Following extensive research, Sasha created the Effortless Sleep Method, a step-by-step sleep training plan which has now helped thousands of insomniacs to get their lives back.
Sasha maintains that with a little honesty and commitment, anyone can cure their insomnia, no matter how severe. In this book, she will leave you open-mouthed with her understanding and insight into sleep problems. In a chatty, engaging manner, she will hold your hand through every step of your recovery, anticipating your feelings, your fears and your doubts. The author understands insomnia absolutely, acutely like only one who has suffered the horror of this affliction can.
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Top Customer Reviews
I consider myself a bit of an expert when it comes to sleep books. ( I have bought in excess of 30!) Most just give background information and loads of filler. But now and again a book comes along that really stands out from the rest. "The Effortless Sleep Method" is one of them. In my opinion, there are only 3 or 4 books you will ever need to overcome insomnia. These are, in order of merit
The Effortless Sleep Method
Say Goodnight to Insomnia
I Can Make You Sleep (a self-hypnosis book)
Desperately Seeking Snoozing (only if you want to try sleep restriction)
This book is the least 'padded' of the lot. It's gritty and raw and a bit rough round the edges, (a bit poorly edited) but that is part of its charm. The first chapter is a harrowing narrative of the author's own battle with insomnia. It will strike a chill into the heart of any insomniac and I really found it resonated with my own experience. But having brought you down, in the rest of the book, she really `lifts you up' and tells you exactly how to change things. This is really not proper CBT like "Say Goodnight to Insomnia" but I haven't read anything with a better account of the thought processes needed to stop negative thoughts about insomnia.
There is the usual section on sleeping pills but don't miss this chapter out. I can't give spoilers, but after reading this chapter I gave up on the idea of ever taking another sleeping tablet. But best of all, there is a clear plan of action which is often missing in so many books.Read more ›
I've tried many things, books, hypnotherapy, anti depressants, beta blockers (no idea... but i did find if you took about 12 you kind of passed out into sleep....),i always knew i was causing it myself, i just didnt realise that the way out of that was so obvious.
I think this one works, because you know that she knows how bad it is, so straight away you cant say to yourself, and you know that you do.... its not the same for me, ive tried it all, do they actually know what they're on about??? well yeah, she does and it shows and you draw faith from that, and thats what you need, just a bit of faith thatit could might just possibly maybe work for you if you follow it. Believe me i'm a cynical negative old so and so but what the hell i had nothing to lose by throwing myself into it, so I read the book, i believed the book and i slept like a baby that first night, so i was bang in to it the next night, then i didnt sleep so good, but instead of dropping into my usual despair and throwing a tantrum i thought i'd try her tactic, stick with it and remember to be positive even if it feels like you are telling a lie.Read more ›
The thing is the mind (conscious and subconscious) and sleep mechanisms are very complex and idiosyncratic things, so no list of sleep must-do's will fit everyone. The problem is that the author is quite emphatic that this IS THE list that will work for 100% of people. Unfortunately, that's not the case. Most of the techniques are freely available insomnia lore (no clockwatching, no daytime napping etc. - which 'experts' disagree about anyway), others actually exacerbated my insomnia (no TV in bed - I actually find I drift off whilst/after watching TV in bed - it 'brings me down, so removing it made the bedroom less of a relaxing place for me). Other suggestions are dubious at best and discredited at worst (NLP by writing lines of 'I'm a brilliant sleeper?).
In the end, perhaps I expected too much of this book, but then it does make grand, if unsubstantiatedif, gurantees.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well, the first thing I noticed was how many contradictions there are. Being told not to talk about insomnia all the while it is mentioned on every page , several times in fact. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Mrs. M. A. Rice
I learnt nothing from this except that others too don't sleep before big days either! It's very repetitive with a lot of padding and no help. Read morePublished 20 days ago by lynn michell
This book has helped me to get off to sleep , and sleep better even if only for short periods, about five hours. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr John Leaman
This book is not what I had hoped for. It all leads to visualisation, something I have been using for years. Read morePublished 2 months ago by C.A. Baldwin
I`ve read your book and am very disappointed....I don`t want to sound rude, disrespectful or argumentative , but comments in it like - if this doesn`t work, you haven`t followed it... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Legally Brunette
Just fantastic book. I've been making a very quick recovery! This is a must have book for whoever suffers from insomnia.
I am glad I've found it! Read more
I am sleeping night after night. Thank you, Sasha, you have helped me be free again.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer