Author Archive Nicki

ByNicki

Rottingdean Village Fair

It was great fun at the fair on Saturday, people showing a lot of interest in my book and my sleep coaching.

Insomnia is such a widespread problem; in my view we have to change the way we think about sleep entirely.

I have now finished my workbook, titled Be Your Own Sleep Coach. It will be published soon – watch this space!

ByNicki

Sleep coaching at the Wishfest

I had a great time last Saturday with the StressBusters team. There were lots of activities, all connected with wellbeing.

We held some free consultations with various therapies offered. My sleep coaching went very well.

Insomnia is such a widespread problem.

We need to change the way we think about sleep. I can help people to do this – to ditch insomnia and switch to natural sleep.

 

    

ByNicki

Sleep Coach

Last month I started to offer sleep coaching at my home-from-home office in Brighton.

Each one-hour session is £50,

£120 for 3 ,

£200 for 6.

Please email me by selecting Contact.

 

I’ve been busy, too, putting together a sleep-coach workbook.

It’s at the drafting stage at the moment – gradually taking shape.

 

 

ByNicki

No More Insomnia

Here’s me in Six café-restaurant at yesterday’s No More Insomnia drop-in

ByNicki

No More Insomnia Meetup (March-21st)

No More Insomnia Meetup
Wednesday March-21st
11 am to 1 pm

Six cafe-restaurant
102-105 Western Road
Brighton & Hove

This is a group for anyone who has trouble sleeping. My book, Diary of an
Ex-Insomniac, is a memoir about how I found my way out of the trap of insomnia
through a change of mindset. I want to pass this discovery on to others who are
suffering as I did. As well as sharing my ideas about sleep, I look forward to
hearing about other people’s experiences.

ByNicki

No More Insomnia Meetups (Feb-7th, Feb-21st)

No More Insomnia Meetup
Wednesday Feb-7th, Feb-21st
11 am to 1 pm

Six cafe-restaurant
102-105 Western Road
Brighton & Hove

This is a group for anyone who has trouble sleeping. My book, Diary of an
Ex-Insomniac, is a memoir about how I found my way out of the trap of insomnia
through a change of mindset. I want to pass this discovery on to others who are
suffering as I did. As well as sharing my ideas about sleep, I look forward to
hearing about other people’s experiences.

ByNicki

No More Insomnia Meetups (Dec-20th, Jan-3rd, Jan-17th)

No More Insomnia Meetup
Wednesday Dec-20th, Jan-3rd, Jan-17th
11 am to 1 pm

Six cafe-restaurant
102-105 Western Road
Brighton & Hove

This is a group for anyone who has trouble sleeping. My book, Diary of an
Ex-Insomniac, is a memoir about how I found my way out of the trap of insomnia
through a change of mindset. I want to pass this discovery on to others who are
suffering as I did. As well as sharing my ideas about sleep, I look forward to
hearing about other people’s experiences.

ByNicki

No More Insomnia Meetup (Dec)

No More Insomnia Meetup
Wednesday 6th December
11 am to 1 pm

Six cafe-restaurant
102-105 Western Road
Brighton & Hove

This is a group for anyone who has trouble sleeping. My book, Diary of an
Ex-Insomniac, is a memoir about how I found my way out of the trap of insomnia
through a change of mindset. I want to pass this discovery on to others who are
suffering as I did. As well as sharing my ideas about sleep, I look forward to
hearing about other people’s experiences.

ByNicki

No More Insomnia Meetup

No More Insomnia Meetup
Wednesday 15th November
11 am to 1 pm

Six cafe-restaurant
102-105 Western Road
Brighton & Hove

This is a group for anyone who has trouble sleeping. My book, Diary of an
Ex-Insomniac, is a memoir about how I found my way out of the trap of insomnia
through a change of mindset. I want to pass this discovery on to others who are
suffering as I did. As well as sharing my ideas about sleep, I look forward to
hearing about other people’s experiences.

ByNicki

GUEST SPEAKER

Cornerstone Community Centre,
Hove
Wednesday 4 October

I really enjoyed talking about my book to the audience at the StressBusters 6th
Birthday Party. I had a great response and some interesting questions about my
ideas on breaking free of insomnia. I’m looking forward to giving more talks
like this.
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Diary of An Ex-Insomniac
Our special guest this evening was Nicki Gillard, author of the honest, insightful and humorous memoir ‘Diary of an Ex-Insomniac: Introducing the Insomnia Ditch-and-Switch’. In the engaging and honest talk, Nicki shared with us her years of struggle with insomnia and the ex-insomniac mind-set she eventually developed (the ‘Ditch-and-Switch’ method).

Just like we don’t really make ourselves breathe, we also don’t need to make ourselves sleep (or get to sleep, which is another linguistic trap that implies action on our part). Sleep is a natural bodily function and our body will do it when it’s ready. We can decide that we want to rest and that’s absolutely fine – whether or not this ends in sleep is beside the point…. we’ll sleep when we’re ready and stressing about it certainly won’t help! It all really comes down to labeling problems and ‘trying’ to do something instead of just letting the nature take its course. If we get into the insomniac mind-set, we perpetuate the vicious circle. This applies not just to sleep problems, but stress and life in general!
During the talk we also touched on several myths about sleep, including whether or not it’s necessary to sleep for a certain number of hours or whether we need to have uninterrupted sleep at all, instead of sleeping in blocks. Whatever our natural sleep pattern is like, we need to accept it and go with the flow – instead of lying in the dark and stressing about not being able to sleep, we might as well do something we enjoy, whether it’s lying in the dark and simply resting, or switching the light on and reading our favourite book. Just stop trying to sleep – it simply won’t work!

Following the publication of her book, Nicki is now dedicating her time to helping others find a way out of the insomniac mind-set. She has started running regular drop-in sessions in Rottingdean, to hear about people’s experiences of insomnia and stress, and to suggest how her approach might help – contact her for more information.