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CHOICES

We All Make Choices

We are all busy people, with families and work and hobbies.

We often put ourselves last in life, attending to all the demands it brings us.

Sleep is often considered an afterthought. The thing you try to fit in ‘after’ and ‘before’ everything else, in that little space of time where everyone else is sleeping. When the outside world has stopped.

Our inside world often keeps whirring, though. 

Until we no longer bend under the stresses of life.

We break.

Not sleeping robs you of energy, optimism, enthusiasm and is a secret stealer of joy and calm in our lives.

Too many times we make choices that inadvertently make the problem worse.

It’s time to make new choices

We All Make Choices

We are all busy people, with families and work and hobbies.

We often put ourselves last in life, attending to all the demands it brings us.

Sleep is often considered an afterthought. The thing you try to fit in ‘after’ and ‘before’ everything else, in that little space of time where everyone else is sleeping. When the outside world has stopped.

Our inside world often keeps whirring, though. 

Until we no longer bend under the stresses of life.

We break.

Not sleeping robs you of energy, optimism, enthusiasm and is a secret stealer of joy and calm in our lives.

Too many times we make choices that inadvertently make the problem worse.

It’s time to make new choices

I UNDERSTAND

My Story

 

I’ve suffered those long sleepless nights, just like you.  On and off – for years.

The laying awake staring at the wall. Or for variety, the ceiling. The frustration and tossing and turning.  The feeling of finally falling asleep – 30 minutes before my alarm went off.  The burning eyes and fatigue and foggy headedness, until it got to ‘bedtime’….and the cycle would start again.

I tried ALL THE THINGS.

Until I found CBTi.  It changed my sleep and changing my sleep changed my life.  

And now I help others –

just like me – and just like you

I had insomnia for years.  My first bad bout began after the death of my spouse.  Oddly, I slept that night, but for many months after that – I didn’t.  Or I think I didn’t. Sometimes I slept so lightly I wasn’t sure I was asleep.  I didn’t know at the time that is a ‘thing’.  

My second bad bout in my 30’s also lasted for years, and was worse.  It came seemingly out of nowhere.  Suddenly I couldn’t sleep.  I would lay completely awake for days.  I’m not sure how I functioned. 

I felt like a shadow of my real self.

I tried so hard to sleep.  And the harder I tried, the more I failed. On top of feeling I’d never sleep again and always be like this, I thought that since sleep was natural and I couldn’t do it, that I was the biggest failure.

Everyone was worried. I was worried.  I developed so much anxiety about going to sleep that I was afraid to go to bed.  

Exhausted.  Wired.  I couldn’t nap.  I felt like I was spinning out of control and sleepwalking foggy-headed through life at the same time.  I was utterly miserable.

And then I found my answer.  And it turns out it was the answer for thousands and thousands of people.  Based on their experiences and based on the research too.

These are people just like me. People just like you.

Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia sorted my years of insomnia, for good.

It wasn’t easy. But it was worth it. 

I could just cry thinking about missing so much sleep unnecessarily. I was constantly looking to the ‘the next thing’ when the thing before stopped working…when what I needed to do was to really learn how to leverage my natural ability to sleep to get back on track.

CBTi stopped the spinning.  It taught me what I needed to stop the anxiety.  It helped me get sleepy again, and to sleep soundly.  It built my sleeping confidence enough to get off sleeping pills.  It helped me get back to the 8-9 hours of solid sleep that I still get years later.

I wish I had made the choice sooner

I had insomnia for years.  My first bad bout began after the death of my spouse.  Oddly, I slept that night, but for many months after that – I didn’t.  Or I think I didn’t. Sometimes I slept so lightly I wasn’t sure I was asleep.  I didn’t know at the time that is a ‘thing’.  

My second bad bout in my 30’s also lasted for years, and was worse.  It came seemingly out of nowhere.  Suddenly I couldn’t sleep.  I would lay completely awake for days.  I’m not sure how I functioned. 

I felt like a shadow of my real self.

I tried so hard to sleep.  And the harder I tried, the more I failed. On top of feeling I’d never sleep again and always be like this, I thought that since sleep was natural and I couldn’t do it, that I was the biggest failure.

Everyone was worried. I was worried.  I developed so much anxiety about going to sleep that I was afraid to go to bed.  

Exhausted.  Wired.  I couldn’t nap.  I felt like I was spinning out of control and sleepwalking foggy-headed through life at the same time.  I was utterly miserable.

And then I found my answer.  And it turns out it was the answer for thousands and thousands of people.  Based on their experiences and based on the research too.

These are people just like me. People just like you.

Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia sorted my years of insomnia, for good.

It wasn’t easy. But it was worth it. 

I could just cry thinking about missing so much sleep unnecessarily. I was constantly looking to the ‘the next thing’ when the thing before stopped working…when what I needed to do was to really learn how to leverage my natural ability to sleep to get back on track.

CBTi stopped the spinning.  It taught me what I needed to stop the anxiety.  It helped me get sleepy again, and to sleep soundly.  It built my sleeping confidence enough to get off sleeping pills.  It helped me get back to the 8-9 hours of solid sleep that I still get years later.

I wish I had made the choice sooner

“Tracy has helped me learn to deal with negative thoughts associated with not sleeping (as a result of physical trauma/back injury) and get on a healthy path using mindfulness and CBTI…I’m moving away from medication…


Tracy is kind, knowledgeable, and empathetic, and quite frankly as a past sufferer of sleep issues, is the perfect person to be able to help!”

– Tricia B

you *can* sleep!

Tracy The Sleep Coach2

Certified. Qualified.


BA Psychology, Masters Osteopathic Medicine, Dip Naturopathy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (UPENN), Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Practitioner, Certified Health Coach and Behaviour Change Specialist

I’M QUALIFIED

Training

I am a healthcare professional – an osteopath – with a degree and past experience in psychology and community  mental health.  I’m also a naturopath and though I don’t ‘practice naturopathy’ the training gave me an even more holistic view on human health. 

With my personal and professional interests in sleep, I trained further in the use of CBTi (cognitive behavioural techniques for insomnia) ACT (acceptance and committment techniques), and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. CBTi and ACT are the most evidence based approaches to the treatment of insomnia.

My ‘bent’ toward collaborative and personalised healthcare prompted me to train as an ACE Certified Health Coach and a Certified Behaviour Change Specialist. This training in particular taught me how to support people in different stages of their process. People are complex beings, and ‘following a list of rules’ isn’t always helpful or conducive to recovery – especially without support in place.  Every person is in a different place with their sleep, and it is with my ‘coaching hat’ that I work with people around the globe in support of their recovery from insomnia.

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