Title: HOW TO OVERCOME INSOMNIA ALL BY YOURSELF
Author: Antoinetta Vogels
Publisher: Balboa Press
It’s time for bed. You’re tired, but you know you’ll be tossing and turning for hours to come. At dawn, you fall into a deep sleep, but it’s short-lived. Long before you’re ready, your alarm clock mercilessly informs you that it’s time to get up.
After decades of nights like this, Antoinetta Vogels unraveled the enigma of her sleeping problem and restored her ability to get a good night’s sleep.
In her newest book, How to Overcome Insomnia All by Yourself, Antoinetta reveals how to become a healthy sleeper through self-knowledge and her own self-healing method.
Taking examples from her own life and firsthand experience with this sleep disorder, Antoinetta explores the childhood circumstances that can lead to unhealthy motivation, approval-seeking behavior, and chronic insomnia in adulthood. She offers practical advice, tools, and techniques for healing the wounds of the past so you can enjoy a future full of joy, healthy relationships, and restful sleep.
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I chose to read this book after receiving a free e-copy. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.
I don’t read a lot of self help books anymore because there seems to be a lot of extra narrative to make the information fit into a full-length book. I found that to be the case here, but there was some useful information as well. I chose to read this book knowing that there’d probably be the extra fluff but I have suffered from insomnia most of my adult life and wanted to see if there was any information that could help. I have tried everything from having a bedtime routine to medicines (OTC and prescription). The only thing that has worked for me so far is Ambien, but I stopped taking it after I realized I was sleep eating and sleep walking. Even though I have accepted that I won’t sleep until 2 or 3 or 4 in the morning if at all, I am still open to new ideas.
This book has exercises for the reader as well as a summary of each chapter. It requires a lot of self examination and soul searching. I read through it once and highlighted the areas I agree with and what is important to me. I’m going to go back through again and focus on the areas I highlighted and work through my issues.
If you have insomnia and are willing to think outside the box, this book may help you as I hope it will help me.
Excerpt from Chapter 2
Some children grow up in a supportive environment, with parents who give them the freedom to discover their true Self and encourage them to feel good about who they are. Others of us are doomed to constantly earning parental approval over the course of our lives because we’ve never felt acknowledged or accepted. How we deal with that situation will differ, depending on our individual temperament, character, and the way we learned how to deal with our emotions.
Feeling like you don’t belong creates a negative self-image because the message you receive is that you aren’t good enough to be included. But feeling invisible can be a self-fulfilling prophecy—when you aren’t seen or heard or taken into consideration, it’s a natural reaction to shrink in on yourself and not do anything to stand out.
I remember very well how I felt on those occasions. It was a feeling that always haunted me. One day, when I was about sixteen years old, I stood on the beach looking out over the sea, and I noticed a pole rising above the water. I imagined that the sea was full of people and I was sitting on that pole, removed from everyone around me and unable to reach them. It felt terribly lonely. The endlessness of the sea only made that sense of isolation stronger.
About the Author
Antoinetta Vogels has a bachelor’s in French and a master’s in music. She worked in the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra as a bassoonist, has two grown daughters, and lives in Bellevue, WA, USA. In 2013, Antoinetta created the Sense of Self Method, a self-help program for people who want to get a good night’s sleep no matter what!
With her company, Healthy Sense Of Self, LLC, Antoinetta and her team provide education about what can be wrong in the way a person experiences their self and, consequently, others. Antoinetta has made it her life’s work to help people improve their quality of life by reversing issues related to a negative self-image. She wants everyone to have the ability to be their most authentic self – and have a good night’s sleep!
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