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Yes, Virginia, Guided Imagery Really Does Help People Sleep Better

02 Dec

To support our contention that guided imagery makes a huge dent on insomnia and general sleep insufficiency, we went looking on Amazon for feedback.  There were 40 comments posted under Healthful Sleep, and almost all were extraordinarily positive.

Here are a few, and then we’ll rest our case!

I keep my iPod and headphones by my bed. It almost always works the first time -- sometimes I listen to it twice. The music is beautiful. After a full-body calming it is a bit groovy with the gentle guardians but occasionally it's the guardians part that does the trick. Thank you for a wonderful product.

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As a nurse, I have a stressful job & yet also need to provide a sense of serenity to my clients. This helps me to relax & unwind after a hard day. The guided imagery is so perfect for me. I highly recommend this title.This can give more peace & tranquility than any tranquilizer or sleeping pill & is only filled with good for you afirmations to surround & relax you into a restful sleep.

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I know it works for me when I keep successfully falling asleep at about 5-10 minutes into the recording. It produces deeper rest than I normally experience, clear through until my alarm clock turns on or cellphone is paged. Excellent replicability so far; essentially the same results every time I have used it -- even if my mind was buzzing with details when I first turned out the lights. The fun thing is ... I've still never heard the whole guided imagery track. It looks like I would probably have to intentionally sit up with a cup of coffee after a full nights sleep. But then again, why? I think I'll wait, leave it a mystery and discover the rest of the content slowly should I ever run into a night that's more challenging again. Delightfully nourishing and calming voice. Tasteful music in the background. Holds my interest... that is, until I am sound asleep. Gwendolyn Pincomb, MD, Ph.D.

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I often have trouble falling asleep due to stress. Bellaruth's soothing voice & gentle phrases help me fall asleep often before she is done talking. Very rarely has this not worked. A few times I've had to listen to it twice, but 95% of the time, I fall asleep right away. She starts with her guided imagery for about 15 mintues, then there is 20 minutes of soothing, sleep-inducing music. I have used this 100s of times. I have become a fan of her work because of her other CDs that I have used. I consider this one of my most valuable tools for sleep.

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I put it on my ipod & even used it to fall asleep in the daytime during a long layover in the airport. It worked. I also used it on the same trip when I had to stay 1 night in a creepy hotel. I was able to relax, breathe deeply & fall asleep for the night. Nothing short of a miracle if you ask me.

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I love this CD. Her voice is a little strange.. but once you get past that and just relax it helps a lot. After using this consistently I was able to stop using sleeping pills, so I don't know if many other people will have that reaction but my sleeping problems were largely anxiety based and this relaxed me enough to go to sleep. I recommend it to everyone who has sleeping problems. It didn't help me immediately i had to try several times to get use to it but it helped me a lot and now I don't need listen to it every night.

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