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Imagery Helps a Soldier Sleep Downrange

26 Jun

We love hearing from deployed soldiers and we’re finally getting some steady email from them.  We welcome any and all feedback, as we continue to tweak some of our programs to better suit our military.  By the way, take a look at what this soldier says about sleep meds at the end of his note. 

Here is what he wrote:

I am currently deployed in Afghanistan. I was having an issue wherein I was waking up just prior to falling completely asleep, with a feeling that I had stopped breathing. I thought something might be physically wrong with me. I went to the combat stress center and they recommended guided imagery. I'm not a "new age" kind of guy, but I figured it was worth a shot. Not only has it helped me sleep, but it helped me realize that it wasn't a physical problem, which means it was coming from inside my mind. That actually helped make me feel more calm because I knew I just needed to settle down. I am still using the CD, but now it's more just because it helps me focus on "not focusing", and not because of that weird breathing problem. Thanks for helping me not get into those crazy sleep drugs that make you shoot people in your sleep. Keep up the good work.

If only we could hear all the comments our troops are thinking or saying to each other….

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