Last night, as I was going to bed, I was sitting with my phone thinking “no, you can’t look at your phone, else you can’t sleep”. Then another voice said “don’t worry about that, you’ve healed your sleep, so go ahead, look at your phone if you want to”. This made me stop and think back a little. When did I start healing my sleep? I remember starting it and realised it was only about 6 months ago, that I said to my coach: I am tired of having sleep issues and believing that I will always have sleep issues. We then worked on my belief system around sleep and very soon after, I had changed my perspective on sleep to “I love sleep and it comes easily to me”.
I think I have always been a bad sleeper. My parents tell me I was already a terrible sleeper as a baby. Sleep was not my friend in my teens due to a stressful home environment and sleep was difficult at university due to too much partying and drinking. Later, as a parent, sleep became a real issue, to the point where I only slept a few hours per night. This was right before burning out. The stress from work and the pressure I was putting on myself as a new parent, a worker, a partner, a daughter, a sister was enormous and my body responded.
Fast forward to 6 months ago, I thought sleep issues was just part of my existence. A destiny I had to learn to live with. Until, one day, I thought “hold on, isn’t that just a limiting belief?”. I had to test this theory, so I brought it to coaching. I am now convinced that my belief around sleep and who I was – a bad sleeper – was stopping me from being a good sleeper.
Back when sleep was non-existent I did all the research and I did all the recommendations I could find to improve my sleep hygiene; air out the room, make my bed, make the room tidy and calm etc etc, but it wasn’t until I also changed my belief around sleep that real changes started to happen.
Today, I still wake up once a night to empty my bladder (again, I think this is a belief that I can’t go one night without peeing…I’ll work on that…) but most nights, I sleep like an angel. My son still wakes up sometimes, which of course disrupts my sleep, but the difference is that I can now more easily fall back to sleep than before.
Anyone who has sleep issues knows how devastating it can be on your health and life itself. I am so grateful and happy that I dared to bring sleep to my coach and that I healed! Today, I love sleep!