"I am an amazing sleeper."
I feel fortunate to have been exposed to the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for sleep. Often referred to as CBT-I (with "i" standing for insomnia), cognitive behavioural approaches have been found to be one of the most effective treatment options available for people who have difficulty sleeping.
Learning about CBT-I has prompted me to be more aware of my thoughts, emotions, and body sensations when I am having difficulty sleeping. It has helped me see how a lot of the ways I think and feel when I can't sleep actually make it much more challenging to relax and fall asleep. For a while now, I have been using the mantra, "I am an amazing sleeper," when I am having trouble sleeping and it has been a huge help. Give it a try!
If you are interested in CBT-I and live in Vancouver, I recommend Krista Friesen's Sleeping to CHANGEpain
program. If you live outside of Vancouver, you may be interested in this online program
in CBT for insomnia.