Are you tired of hearing yourself say I must do something about my sleep but you never seem able to take the first step?
You’re not alone. I’ve certainly said similar things to myself in the past. In my work I come across this a lot. In fact, once you become aware of this pattern –
I could/should/ought to do something about X but …
you hear it all around you, in conversations with family, friends and colleagues.
For example, a good friend of mine suffers with poor health. He’s very dear to me and over the years I’ve done my best to support and encourage him to take some simple steps to bring better health. Although he knows he should do something however and he willingly comes up with steps he could take or would like to take, he never moves beyond that to take action.
This is a common human dilemma. It’s the basis for the Prochaska model of change.
This model recognises that
there’s a huge gap between knowing you should do something and acting on that awareness.
It describes five specific stages that an individual needs to go through before they are ready to take action –
- Pre-contemplation – you’ve no intention to change. You’re maybe not even aware that there’s a problem
- Contemplation – you’re aware that there’s a problem and are seriously thinking about overcoming it but have not yet made a commitment to take action
- Preparation – you’ve made the decision to change and are preparing to take action for example by gathering information on the best steps to take
- Action – you are implementing the changes
- Maintenance – you work to consolidate the gains and avoid relapses
My friend remains stuck at the Contemplation stage. He knows he has a problem and thinks about making changes in his life but isn’t yet ready to commit to taking action.
In my work I meet many people who struggle to sleep well yet for whatever reason don’t ever get round to taking the first step. Despite suffering the daily consequences of poor sleep, they soldier on, adapting and coping as best they can.
As a sleep coach my job is to help people to understand why, up to now, they’ve decided consciously or not, to put up with their sleeping problem.
After all, sleep is not a nice-to-have. It’s the third pillar of wellbeing along with diet and exercise.
In my many conversations with sleep deprived people I’ve seen that one of the most common reasons people don’t take action is that they find it very hard to put themselves first. The idea of proritising their health and wellbeing is not something that comes easily.
Approximately 10% of the population suffer with at least mild insomnia, affecting every aspect of a person’s life, from their work performance and their health to their relationships with their loved ones.
So if you’re one of the 10%, what’s holding you back from tackling your sleep problem?
If you’d like to discover what’s keeping you stuck in Contemplation, then click here to book a complimentary Sleep Analysis Call with me.
By the end of the call you’ll be crystal clear about what’s been holding you back, ready to take the next step to regain refreshing sleep.