Sleep Training System™
Simple, common sense solutions
In this section we’ll provide a scientific framework for understanding the surprisingly dynamic process of sleep. Knowing empirical, proven facts about sleep will help you feel more relaxed and confident about working with and improving your own sleep system.
We can’t not sleep.
Like food, water, the air we breathe – sleep is a necessity of life.
Sure, we sometimes put it off for any number of reasons. We may choose stay up late yet still have to get up early. Some pop pills and drink coffee to put off the inevitable. Others burn the candle at both ends ... at least temporarily.
But eventually sleep catches up to us. All of us, without exception. We can’t avoid it. At some point we all must – and will – sleep.
Invariably our basic need for sleep overpowers whatever is causing the sleep disruption. Clinical sleep studies show even the worst insomniacs cannot go more than about 24 nonstop waking hours without experiencing rapid sleep onset. This is because sleep is such a primal, elemental physiologic requirement.
The reality is we can’t not sleep.
Our bodies and minds require it.
Your body’s physiological requirement for sleep is stronger than your insomnia.
Let’s repeat that for emphasis: Your body’s physiological requirement for sleep is stronger than your insomnia.
The irresistibility of sleep is one cornerstone of the Sleep Training System (STS). This is one key reason why, when properly applied, you can expect this program to work for you.
We will leverage this fact – that you can’t not sleep – to help break the hold of insomnia. We will use this fact to in effect press the reset button on your internal sleep clock, your sleep system, and give you a fresh new start. This will help you permanently release insomnia’s grip, so that you sleep better and awaken more refreshed. Using the methods in the STS, you can and will sleep better sustainably, and without the need for sleeping pills or drugs of any kind.
The sleep paradox
It’s something of a paradox. Try as we might, we can’t directly control, force or will ourselves to sleep. That tactic usually backfires as one becomes overly worried, tense, and even consumed by the thought of not sleeping. A frontal assault just doesn’t work.
But what we can do is create conditions – both internal and external – that are conducive to sleep, and thereby control it indirectly.
In the STS, you’ll learn how to maximize control over your environment, behaviors, and your thoughts to enable optimal sleeping.