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how to best use guided imagery for waking up too early?

16 May
Someone asks how to best use guided imagery audios for waking up too early in the middle of the night, due to hyperarousal and hypervigilance from posttraumatic stress..
Belleruth, re your audio on sleep, - I only have times of waking too early (not in going to sleep), especially when I feel over-stimulated - I have hyperarousal & am hypervigilant - so, how to best use the audio tape?? Thanks. I also am finding great value from the audios: PTSD, Stress, & one more I forgot name of. I met you on the recent New Dimensions, NPR broadcast 4/2/05 - a special gift that is for me - WOW & peace!!!

Dear Rhonda,
So glad the imagery is working well for you! If you wake up early, try listening to the audio again and let it lull you back to sleep. (Hopefully you’re not drinking alcohol before going to bed - that tends to help people fall asleep but it also wakes most of ‘em up after a couple of hours..)

If you find your mind is just whirling around too much and you can’t stop it enough to fall back to sleep, best to get out of bed and read for a while. If that doesn’t make you sleepy, you may be better off getting up and getting some paperwork done.

For my complete list of suggestions, please click on our page of insomnia suggestions at I hope this helps!

Thanks for writing.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award