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"Original, practical and very effective. This new approach to insomnia will change lives."  --Dr Wladlen Rosental, Consultant Psychiatrist and Addiction Specialist.

About the Author

Sasha Stephens suffered a full fifteen years with chronic insomnia before a chance event enabled her to see the problem from an entirely new perspective. What came next was astonishing; fifteen years of insomnia had disappeared in the space of a few weeks. Following extensive research, Sasha created The Effortless Sleep Method, a step-by-step sleep training plan which has now helped thousands of insomniacs to get their lives back. Sasha maintains that with a little honesty and commitment, anyone can cure their insomnia, no matter how severe. In this book, she will leave you open-mouthed with her understanding and insight into sleep problems. In a chatty, engaging manner, she will hold your hand through every step of your recovery, anticipating your feelings, your fears and your doubts. The author understands insomnia absolutely, acutely like only one who has suffered the horror of this affliction can.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456492543
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456492540
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sasha Stephens is a writer and ex-insomniac. She studied Philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire before starting a PhD in Anthropology. After making a complete recovery from 15 years of chronic sleep problems, she turned her attention to writing.

"The Effortless Sleep Method" is Sasha's first book and is a condensed version of her complete insomnia treatment programme.

Sasha lives in Hove, England with her Siamese cat.

For more details of Sasha's full range of insomnia products see http://www.effortless-sleep.com or you can visit her blog at http://www.sashastephens.com

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I have been suffering from insomnia since the death of my husband over a year ago. Before then, I had occasional sleeplessness (everyone does) but the majority of the time my sleep was terrific. When I read the reviews for this book I was very surprise to find them all positive and thought this must be the book for me.
Imagine my disappointment when it arrived, other that listing the dangers of sleeping pills and insomnia chat rooms, this book is basic information on sleep "hygiene" and positive thinking. Did you know the more you worry about your sleeping habits the less likely you are to get a good nights sleep?? Get some exercise every day, limit your caffeine intake and don't take naps during the day etc etc.. Is there anyone out there suffering from insomnia who has not been given this advice over and over. If getting a good nights sleep was simply a matter of telling yourself you will, I think no one would be suffering from insomnia.
If you are looking for a book on positive thinking and basic sleep hygiene this is for you, otherwise, save your money!
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Lots of repetions about how the auther could not sleep, why she could not sleep, and what not sleeping did to her social life. Not much help for people who actually need help sleeping. This book should have been condensed to a few pages and published in a magazine. Also, at the end the author recommends many relaxation techniques---all of which need to be purchased on the web.
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Wow! I read this book on the strength of the other five star reviews and I am in total agreement with them. What a blast! Not like any insomnia book I have ever read before.

I consider myself a bit of an expert when it comes to sleep books. ( I have bought in excess of 30!) Most just give background information and loads of filler. But now and again a book comes along that really stands out from the rest. "The Effortless Sleep Method" is one of them. In my opinion, there are only 3 or 4 books you will ever need to overcome insomnia. These are, in order of merit

The Effortless Sleep Method
Say Goodnight to Insomnia
I Can Make You Sleep (a self-hypnosis book)
Desperately Seeking Snoozing (only if you want to try sleep restriction)

This book is the least 'padded' of the lot. It's gritty and raw and a bit rough round the edges, (a bit poorly edited) but that is part of its charm. The first chapter is a harrowing narrative of the author's own battle with insomnia. It will strike a chill into the heart of any insomniac and I really found it resonated with my own experience. But having brought you down, in the rest of the book, she really `lifts you up' and tells you exactly how to change things. This is really not proper CBT like "Say Goodnight to Insomnia" but I haven't read anything with a better account of the thought processes needed to stop negative thoughts about insomnia.

There is the usual section on sleeping pills but don't miss this chapter out. I can't give spoilers, but after reading this chapter I gave up on the idea of ever taking another sleeping tablet. But best of all, there is a clear plan of action which is often missing in so many books.
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I thought the book was well written, but fell short by attempting to be a 'one size fits all' manual. In a number of places, Sasha takes on almost a defensive tone, including one of the central promises being to stop looking for other cures. Even at the end of the book, the final chapter concentrates on solutions for people who have read the book without success. Simple answer ..... you didn't do it properly, otherwise it would have worked, 100%.

There is no such thing as a guaranteed treatment. The book assumes that every reader has ideal settings. No airline or train noise, traffic signals, noisy partner ..... tinnitus (of which no ear plug can block).

On the positive side, around 3 of the 13 or so promises were useful, and I hadn't come across them before. For anyone with a sleeping problem, I would recommend reading this book, but not take it as a magic solution. It's a building block, nothing more, nothing less.
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A simple method for an author that can relate! I didn't really think it would work but I didn't have to go past her "first step"...her advice is great. I have transient insomnia and still struggle with it from time to time but overall the book has been a big help and I return to her techniques if I go more than a few days without sleeping well. I recommend.
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First off, it took 2/3 of the book to get to her method. Until then it was basically just stating nothing in the world will ever work and why and how it's our own faults for being insomniacs. I found the book rude and arrogant. After FINALLY getting to her sleep method, it was a great big THAT'S IT?? Glad I only paid the ebook price. Realistically every chronic insomniac has probably heard all her "methods" before.
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My husband bought me this book after researching the best books on dealing with insomnia. I had a very severe case that had ruled itself immune to many drugs—even the likes of Lunesta and Ambien. I was completely shaken and terrified when I finally found this and doubted its efficacy as I had tried to many things in the past. Keep in mind that what Sasha Stephens says is true, this method will only work if you give up everything else and allow this to work. That was very difficult for me. In fact, when I first started this I had a gnarly first week in which I slept very little if at all. The incredible thing is that after that rough patch I started to finally feel like I had control over my life again. The biggest thing I can say is that it turns off the black hole of fear that is insomnia. You learn how to grab the beast and tame it completely by yourself. It's a type of empowering I never thought I would feel in this area of my life. After months and months of not sleeping, obsessing about not sleeping, crying about not sleeping, etc, etc, and having nasty responses to sleeping drugs, I just assumed that this was something that had consumed me completely and nothing, no mater how powerful, could bring me back. The thing that's kind of odd, almost unfathomably so, about "The Effortless Sleep" is that it ONLY targets your mind and the way you approach living with (and trying to treat) insomnia. It doesn't try to sell anything, it doesn't preach countless hours of therapy, it's just a very basic set of tools and touchstone mantras that the author discovered after suffering for many years herself. Her empathy comes through in spades. She's not an out of touch doc from on high spewing stuff.Read more ›
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