How I use Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to improve sleep.

26 November, 2012

how to use emotional freedom technique to improve sleep

It is believed that more than 60 per cent of the population is affected by sleep disorders at one point or another. The range of sleeping problems is very wide indeed, as physicians have identified more than 70 different conditions.

As someone who has battled with sleep problems for quite some time, I understand the feelings of frustration and exhaustion that often accompany those who are affected by sleep problems. The consequences of sleep deprivation range from irritability and poor concentration levels to weight problems (and believe me, I have experienced them all).

Over the years, you could say I have become an expert in sleep remedies, as I have tried virtually everything that is available, from over-the-counter sleep remedies to meditation, aromatherapy, and other techniques like exercises of creative visualisation and progressive muscle relaxation. While these remedies do help, I must say that in my case relief has always been temporary.

My most recent “discovery” in this sense is the emotional freedom technique (also known as EFT). This is a relatively new technique that appeared in the early 1990s. The principles of EFT draw on fields like acupuncture, energy balancing, neuro linguistic programming, and other forms of alternative medicine and psychology. This technique has been used to treat addictions, headaches, overweight, depression, and a range of sleep problems.

To put it simply, the emotional freedom technique proposes that sleep disorders are a result of an imbalance of energy within the body. It is also believed that certain patterns of thought can deepen energy imbalances and therefore worsen sleep disorders, so if your mind is filled with “I can’t sleep” thoughts, you will effectively not be able to sleep. Energy practitioners who use this technique focus on addressing negative thoughts and modifying them so that they do not interfere with sleep patterns.

After reading other people’s successful experiences with this technique, I decided to give it a go and found an EFT practitioner in my local area. During the session, I was asked to rate several stress triggers from 1 to 10. The highest rated stressors were used to create a positive statement that I had to repeat several times while the practitioner tapped on my energy points. The emotional freedom technique is known for its quick results, so the night after my session I was looking forward to a good night of sleep, which I happily managed to get.

I have since been to a few more sessions and have been so pleased with the results that I have no hesitation about recommending this remedy to people who suffer from similar problems.

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