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I Can Make You Sleep: Overcome Insomnia Forever and Get the Best Rest of Your Life! Book and CD Hardcover – May 5, 2016

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Self-help author McKenna (I Can Make You Thin) presents a number of easy-to-follow suggestions for insomniacs in this handy guide to getting a better night's sleep. While some advice is fairly self-evident (no caffeine after 2 p.m., decreasing alcohol consumption), ideas on topics like pre-sleep anxiety will surprise many chronic bed-tossers who don't realize the extent to which the sleepless cycle is self-perpetuating. Though heavy on self-help jargon, McKenna's sound ideas are clear, easy to read, and don't get bogged down in unnecessary explanation, though he does helpfully explore some of insomnia's root causes. A bundled CD also offers assistance with self-hypnosis and deeper sleep.
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About the Author

Paul McKenna, PhD is the bestselling author of I Can Make You Thin, whose books have sold over three million copies in the last three years. Recognized as one of the world’s “most important modern self-help gurus” by The Times of London, McKenna has helped millions of people lose weight, quit smoking, overcome insomnia, eliminate stress, and increase self-confidence. He has appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The View, CBS’s The Early Show, Rachael Ray, The Montel Williams Show, Fox and Friends, The Mike & Juliet Show, ABC’s Primetime Live, and 20/20. Paul McKenna’s TV shows and live appearances have been watched and attended by hundreds of millions of people in 42 countries around the world.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling; Har/Cdr edition (May 5, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402765746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402765742
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
There are many sleep problems and no silver bullet to fix them all. This book addresses many of them and seems to be a cut above average for sleep books. The CD is excellent.

My challenge is sleeping through the night and I have tried lots of things -- books, the local sleep clinic, a CPAP (I have never felt so tired in my life as the day after I tried it: once was enough), sleeping pills and most recently this book. It is written very much in the style one would expect from a TV self help guru: lots of repeating how well it works, nearly blank pages to make it longer, some exercises and a CD. The exercises (with my rating of how they helped me) are:

Reduce your worries *
Practice feeling drowsy ***
Calming the internal voice **
Systematic relaxation ****
Changing your story
Value yourself * (good thing to do, but didn't put me to sleep)
Letting the feeling unfold *
Asking the unconscious mind to help you* (So far)
Release the day *
Tapping your natural ability to sleep *
Image streaming *
Theatre of the mind **

People with a specific sleep problem should not expect most of the exercises to be targeted to their problem -- I believe a realistic goal is a couple (three or four tops) and by that standard, the book is a success. The exercise described as best suited to my problem (waking up way too early, roaring to go) is the theatre of mind. Unfortunately, when I try to do it, all I can visualize is what I was thinking about before I started the exercise. But some of the others were helpful.

The book contains much of the same advice as other sleep books (no naps, no TV before bedtime, no clocks in the bedroom etc.).
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UPDATE January 8, 2016
I haven't had any prescription sleep medication for two weeks, and this hypnosis CD is the way that I was able to stop these medications. It would have been much, much harder for me to stop the medications without this CD. One way the CD worked is it allowed me to not be uptight during the first three nights after quitting the meds, when I had some insomnia. I just thought, oh well, I'm awake, and I listened to the CD again, and if I still didn't get to sleep, I listened to music, or read a book, or worked on a craft project. After the first three nights, I was able to sleep, using the hypnosis CD. I also use supplements like melatonin and valerian.

MY ORIGINAL POST (December 2015):
The CD definitely works to put me to sleep. I firmly believe that this is helping me to reduce my doses of prescription medication for insomnia.

If you have insomnia you might want to try this book/CD - you might find it helps you, too.

I've had this book and CD since the spring of 2015. I was looking for CD's to play to help me go to sleep, and this appeared in my Amazon search results. The CD is a hypnosis CD. I didn't know much about hypnosis, so I did some research on the internet. It is my understanding that hypnosis is a valid, useful and effective technique. There is good information on Wikipedia about hypnosis.

I use the CD in this way: I get ready for bed. I get out my small portable CD player with my ear buds. I light a small battery candle that is on my night-table. (The battery candle is so I can see to turn off the CD player when I'm done using it - so I don't have to turn on the bigger light and maybe wake myself up.) I get in bed and get comfortable. Then I start the CD. The hypnosis session lasts about 20 minutes.
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I'd just like to add my personal testimony that, like most people who left comments here, the book was helpful enough but the CD was VERY helpful in putting me to sleep and helping the quality of my sleep. I have wicked bad insomnia (which is made worse by being bi-polar and having ADHD) and have tried pretty much every sleep pill you can name (Ambien, Lunesta, Rozerem, Lorazapam, Melatonin, Codiene makes me jittery as does Benedryl, etc) so I've had sleep problems my whole life. I'm also very educated on the subject of sleep because it's always been such a major problem in my life. So, as such, the book didn't tell me much that I didn't already know. I did find one or two of the exercises to be of use.

But as many people have already stated, the CD/Audio track is what really paid off. I've tried a few things of that nature before but haven't had much success until this one. My only complaint would be that the voice on the audio track tends to get a fair bit quieter towards the end (as you drift off to sleep) and if you've got your CD player set up to repeat when the track loops back to the beginning it suddenly goes from fairly quiet to a lot louder as it warns you not to listen to this while you're driving. This was really startling me awake for a while so I ripped the track onto my computer and used a MP3 editor to cut off the first two minutes of it so now when it hits the end of the audio track it loops back towards a much more mellow beginning. I'm not sure I explained that real well.... but if you listen to the CD I'm sure you'll know what I mean so I thought I'd mention it in case it helps someone else.

Bottom line, if you've got insomnia, this book and it's CD worked where dozens of things had failed.
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