Top positive review
Seriously worth it, you owe it to yourself to try these methods
Reviewed in the United States on May 29, 2017
I have had mild insomnia for years -- waking up around 4 am on many mornings. My insomnia got much worse a few months ago and I found myself getting only 2-4 hours sleep each night. Prescription sleeping pills gave a night or two of some relief, but not more. While waiting for an appointment with a CBT therapist, I bought this book to get a head start on CBT. I read the book for an hour, and was quickly able to incorporate the restructured thinking about insomnia that the author recommends that same night - namely that you can survive and even thrive with insomnia. Just that restructuring led to improved sleep for the next 2-3 nights.
The other two pillars of approaching insomnia -- triggering the relaxation response and sleep restriction, take a little longer to see benefit from. My insomnia returned after the initial improvement (although my anxiety about it remained lower), but then I started implementing sleep restriction as recommended by the book: reduce your time in bed in order to build your sleep drive to overcome the middle of the night wakefulness. That has been working great -- it is enormously difficult to stay awake until my new bedtime, especially at first when I was going to bed at 12:30 and getting up at 6 AM, but it has greatly limited my waking up in the middle of the night, and I fall asleep again quite quickly. I can't really do anything other than fold clothes or play solitaire for that last 30 minutes before bed otherwise I will nod off. After 5 days of 12:30, I moved to midnight, and now I am going to bed at 11:30. I've only been awake in the middle of the night for more than 15 minutes once in the last 5 days. Fair warning -- for the first few nights of sleep restriction, my body fought back and I got very little sleep, just 1-3 hours, but then things began turning around.
Thanks to all the reviewers who left their stories -- just reading them helped lower my sleep anxiety and build my sleep confidence! I recommend reading the 4 and 5 start reviews yourself. Even the low reviews are just commenting on the style of the book, not the efficacy of the approach.