Oct
3
2011

One Sheep, Two Sheep, Three Sheep. Why Can’t I Fall Asleep?

One Sheep, Two Sheep, Three Sheep—Why Can’t I Fall Asleep?

It’s 11:00 at night, and you crawl into bed.  You lie there a while and look at the clock.  It’s 11:30, and you’re still not asleep.  You toss and turn, toss and turn.  Now it’s 12:30.  You try to lie as still as possible and close your eyes.  Feeling sleepy yet?  Not at all.  It’s now 2:00 in the morning and you wish you could fall asleep, but you just can’t!  You’re not the only one!

It is estimated that between 30 and 50% of the population suffers from insomnia.  These people have tried every method to cure their insomnia—meditation, reading before bed, avoiding foods and drinks with caffeine before bed, and getting adequate exercise.  But if these remedies aren’t working, something else must be causing the problem.  So what’s keeping you awake?

Insomnia can be seen as a form of resistance within the mind.  We try to go to sleep, but our body is preventing us from doing so.  In turn, this resistance is holding us back.  The Sidman Solution finds the original imprinting (and root cause of the problem), helps the individual to let it go, and gives them the opportunity to really set himself or herself free to accomplish what they want to—and ultimately, get a good night’s sleep.  Resistance keeps people in a repetitive pattern that causes them to feel dull, lifeless, boring, and rigid.  It wears them out as they try to overcome that which is literally blocking their contentment.

In this way, insomnia can be seen as a sort of defense mechanism.  While a traumatizing incident from childhood may have occurred, this event has occurred in the past.  We no longer need these defenses, which are brought about by inappropriate fears.  There is no real danger anymore.  However, the feelings we felt as a child—when we perceived the incident as a real danger—keep reoccurring.  Once we are able to change how those feelings affect us, these defense mechanisms will no longer need to kick in, and we can finally get that restful sleep we have been looking for.

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