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Entering The Insomnia Matrix
In the last decade, more and more people are suffering from bad sleep. Sleep has got a major topic in our society and has and is getting studied excessively in universities, companies and personal life. This is a good thing as it brings awareness to the topic. Furthermore, the sleep medicine industry (pharmacy) has been inventing and selling sleeping pills worth a couple of billion dollars in recent years. But these sleeping pills all have in common that they only fight the insomnia symptoms – not the cause.
The Insomnia Matrix will help you to work on finding the cause of your sleep problems. Doing so it gives you lasting results and therefore a path back your natural health and resting sleep.
You might also think that there is so much information about sleep out there and that you don’t need this – and that’s fine. I am thankful for the access to the information we have nowadays every single day. Searching the internet it is easy to find tons of information all around insomnia, like:
• medicine (e.g. different sleeping pills)
• tips for sleep hygiene
• tests & surveys
• different treatments
• and so on…
As great as it is to get all that support – it’s almost too much and the information is often more confusing than helpful.
The Insomnia Matrix will therefore give you a solid foundation for clarity instead replacing the existing confusion.
Now I’m an Insomniac?
Assuming you did a google research on the topic in the past, then you probably know now that you are not a bad sleeper, but that you are sick. You have got INSOMNIA. As a result you need treatment now, right? The awareness of feeling bad when you don’t get enough sleep was there before – but now you also know that insomnia can kill you! Thanks google. As good and true as this information might be – it also builds up a tremendous pressure that YOU HAVE TO SLEEP OR YOU WILL DIE (or at least get seriously ill).
Relax and take a journey
Sleeping is about relaxing our bodies and our minds. So we are going to start right here. Forget all the stuff about your health for a while. Further also put aside that we all have a need for sleep. Simply ignore as much as you can. Instead focus on resting. It’s truly all about giving you the space that you deserve to regenerate. And we all deserve a time to rest, right?
Yes, but how will I get back to superb sleep?
It’s easy to to get somewhere that we already travelled to, right? As in any given journey you first need to know things:
1. where do I want to go?
2. where am I?
This is exactly the information every navigation system needs to work. So we will do the same to travel back to superb sleep.
Where do I want to go?
Answering this question is easier than you might think right now. Let’s start with our destination. You want to get as specific as you can about this. Best get a pen literally and write your destination down. Note that you want to have a superb sleep again. Good start. Now get more specific.
What does getting specific mean?
• define how will it feel?
• get clear about how many hours you will sleep?
• how will this look like?
• when exactly will you sleep superb again?
• what are you willing to do for it?
You got it. Get real! And read your goal at least once a day on your journey.
Where am I?
No journey without knowing your exact starting position. It’s the way every navigation system works. There is no way the navigation system could navigate you to your destination without knowing exactly where you are right now. Often in real life, we oversee this fact. Doctors often don’t have the time or skill to walk you through this and we often don’t realize how important this actually is. And even if we recognise this it can be hard to do a positioning when it comes to sleep.
This is where you can use the Insomnia Sleep Matrix. It is a unique approach that I created to bring together all relevant parts. Furthermore it is designed to take all potential overwhelm out of the equation. I use it for my coaching and it is also the core of our top-selling product at sleeptrust.
What is this Insomnia Matrix?
Basically we are talking about a method that combines two dimensions and brings them together for a complete assessment of your current sleep situation.
Dimension 1: The Sleep Triathlon
This dimension is put together out of three aspects. They can all have a major impact on your sleep and “training” them is what I call doing the Sleep Triathlon.
In this stage we are not talking about training though – we only want to observe, question and assess.
Dimension 2: The sleep coaching process
Doing sleep coaching we need a model to run through certain aspects of your sleep. At the core there are always three additional things that I want to have a look at the beginning of every coaching. These things are more sleep-process driven as you can see below:
- sleep appetite (sleep drive)
- bedroom (cozy & safe & for sleep)
- inner clock (circadian rhythm)
Running through these aspects on their own can bring great insight and results.
Entering the Insomnia Matrix
But now let’s get into the weeds. We want to get started. So take an hour of silent time for yourself. Make sure you are feeling good and relaxed and will not get disturbed. Now we take the two dimensions from above and build checkpoints layering them over each other:
1. checkpoint one: body/sleep appetite
[example]: nothing special
2. checkpoint two: body/bedroom
[example]: my back is hurting on my matrace – my body feels hot
3. checkpoint three: body / inner clock
[example]: I’m not tired at bedtime
4. checkpoint four: nutrition/sleep appetite
5.checkpoint five: nutrition/bedroom
6.and so on…
In the end, we have 9 checkpoints. You can download a FREE version of the <href=”https://www.sleeptrust.eu/insomnia_matrix_download” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>Insomnia Matrix that will give you the structure to walk you through the process easily. Walkthrough each checkpoint and write down your sleep-related thoughts about them.
This exercise is really powerful and will give you an exact positioning of where you are standing right now with your sleep.
There might also be checkpoints where you don’t have any ideas. That’s fine – leave them empty.
At some checkpoints, you might not be sure if you put your thoughts into the ‘right’ checkpoint. But it doesn’t matter in which box you put what here. It’s about assessing the thoughts and not about the boxes.
How can I get set up for my sleep journey?
Now that you know where you want to go (=superb sleep) and where you are (=insomnia matrix) you want to define one action that will take you closer to your destiny. Your first step. Take something that will matter. Take something that you know you will follow through on. Take action!
Finding back to superb sleep – starts – as every journey, with accurate positioning of your current sleep location and your destiny. The best way to take an assessment of where you are standing right now in regards to your sleep quality is the Insomnia Matrix. Download your version for free today and consider listening to the podcast episode of the sleeptrust podcast to learn even more. On that foundation, it will be easy for you to pick one action that will bring you nearer to your goal and that you know that you will follow through on.
Have a superb sleep!