Waking and Having Trouble Going Back to Sleep : Sharon, 39, housewife.
Sleep Problem: Began 9 years ago after a car accident.
Before: Generally wakes after 1-2 hours, and stays awake for most of the rest of
the night. Thinks when she wakes up at night: 'oh no, Iíve woken up again. Now Iíll
never get back to sleep'. Watches TV on and off all night. Has severe headaches during
the day from being overtired. No longer thinks about the car accident.
After: For the first 5 weeks there was no change. Then sleep started to improve.
Still wakes up once on most nights, but now usually goes back to sleep within 30 minutes.
Generally gets about 6 hours sleep. 'It is years since Iíve slept this well. Iím full of
energy. Iím not exhausted any more. Iíve only had two headaches in two months. Iím less
irritable, and more friendly to my husband and to other people. Iím really happy in
myself. People comment on the change in me. I tell anybody who says they canít sleep
that they should try using the program'.
Going to bed 1-2 hours later seems to have been important, also realising that many
people with similar problems have succeeded in sleeping better.