Putting Insomnia to Rest – to welcome sleep and really live

Get back into kilter with your nights and life

Are you exhausted, unable to sleep well at night? Are you feeling out of kilter, not connecting to who you really are?

    • Maybe you’re struggling with sleep, anxiety, loneliness, and frustration…
    • Or maybe you feel drained and don’t have the energy for life…
    • Or do you feel frustrated and sad because you have so much to give to life, but can’t find your path or can’t move on it…?

If any of that sounds true for you, you might be a lot like the people I’ve worked with. My clients are giving, vibrant people under all their struggles and exhaustion. They’ve tried many things to help them become the people they know they can be.

It can be meditation, yoga, volunteer work, therapy, relaxation exercises, classes, self-help books (I call it biblio-therapy).

With insomnia they might have tried:CBT-i (cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia), melatonin, magnesium, exercise before 6 PM, sleeping pills (from trazodone Ambien, Lorazepam, Benadryl and more), herbal teas, and much of the latest consumer goods for sleep (new pillows, mattresses, electronic eye masks, etc.)

These things often don’t work – or work well enough or consistently.

And that’s because they address insomnia from the outside in.


Insomnia and exhaustion are two-way streets.

Having the right outside environment helps with exhaustion and sleep – the dark room or a supportive bed. And even managing your thoughts and feeding your body supportive supplements or exercise helps.

All of that can connect to the inside of who you are, where sleep awaits.

But when outside is good and the inside isn’t, it’s not enough. The key is going from the inside out.

When you know how to get inside yourself, when you know how to be kind, and deeply rest into who you are, you:

    • Experience the self you’re longing to be
    • Connect to your body-mind’s need for the mystery of sleep
    • Gently fertilize the garden of sleep, to descend into yourself and your dreams.

I’ve helped thousands learn to create a field of deep rest – connect with who they really are – so they can not only sleep but also create the life they want, to give, get, do, and love.

I know how to help

Through my extended bout with insomnia over 15 years ago, I developed the pathways to deep rest and to welcome sleep. The Restful Insomnia program helps exhausted people rest into who they are – to renew, welcome sleep, and finally feel jazzed enough to go after their dreams.

In addition to being the author of four health books (on sleep, brain function, and energy boosting) I am a certified life coach and sleep coach, with a degree in community service. I love working with groups, helping people discover their next steps through our interactions and listening to others.

I combine many disciplines to help people find their own best path to themselves, including yoga, somatic healing, meditation, visualization, and hypnosis.

I love my work, seeing people stop struggling with insomnia, feeling confident they can renew when they can’t sleep, and the amazing things they end up doing with their lives.

Connect with others and yourself through this online group

This online group is a powerful way to gain the perspectives and skills for the nights and life you crave.

We start by understanding all 7 pathways to rest into who you are.

When you dive deeply into each, you’ll develop a variety of tools so you can feel confident you can rest and welcome sleep, no matter the circumstance:

  • Understand how you rest, and create the space for sleep.
  • Change your relationship to a barking dog or imperfect sleeping environment so you can still renew.
  • Reconnect with your body, with its wisdom and healing.
  • Manage your chattering mind.
  • Create space around difficult emotions so you can ground into the moment and rest.
  • Connect with something bigger than yourself to feel less isolated during the night.
  • Discover a new way to align with what you really crave.

We’ll meet one hour each week (12 weeks) over three months, so you not only understand in theory, but practice this new way of being deeply with yourself, to welcome sleep and live your life.

Nicely woven between techniques and physiology of our bodies – well done!

Group participant

The details: when and how

Putting Insomnia to Rest is open to people who want to create a new relationship with their nights and life.

The commitment is 12 weeks for three months. We meet Thursdays for one hour at 4 PM Pacific time, (7 PM Eastern). Dates (2019):

  • September 5, 12, 19, and 26
  • October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31
  • November 7, 14, and 21


What’s a group session like?
Each class we’ll start with centering ourselves, and then I will teach one of the tools in-depth. After the teaching, we’ll take time to dig into your personal experiences and help you learn how to apply it immediately. We will also set intentions for the week.

How does the video conference work?
We’ll meet using Zoom, an easy-to-use video conferencing tool.

I’ll send a link for our meetings. You just click on it and the Zoom meeting will open (the first time you use Zoom, it guides you to download it). Then you’ll see all of us on the screen. Zoom has many options, including chatting and turning off your video image, if you feel camera-shy.

How will I feel connected to others with a video conference?
When we work together, I’ll guide us to connect to ourselves first, and open for anyone who’d like to share about their experience. I’ll also work with individuals as we practice and hone the tools, and answer any questions at the end of the session.

We will also have a private Facebook group, where we can talk about what you’ve learned and any questions that arise during the week.

As I’ve led many groups, I’ve seen how people connect from that lonely experience of insomnia to feeling supported by others.

How big will the group be?
The group will be small, from 6-15 people, for you to have space to have your questions answered and learn from others.

What is my commitment? What if I have to miss?
One of the benefits of this group is to help you create a comprehensive box of tools to manage exhaustion, insomnia, anxiety, and alignment with life.

Each class goes deeper into tools and perspectives that really make a difference, once you know how to do them. Attending each class gives you the foundation for the next ones.
You also may feel better about sleep and yourself early on. Which is great. And it’s not all you can get from this group.

With a full tool belt of techniques, my clients know they can calm the bumps in the road and the night. So besides sleeping better, they can remove unconscious fear that anxiety/ insomnia will return. And they tell me that years and years after we’ve worked together.

But life does happen! If you miss a class, you can listen to the audio recording of each class’s instruction. And follow up with questions in the Facebook group if you’d like.

As a note: Once you’ve completed enrollment in the course, payment will be due (if you’re using the payment plan) for every month, even if you have to miss a session.

Is there homework?
I strongly suggest you create an intention for how you want to deepen your practice of rest each week. That changes your information from your mind to body memory, and gives you a chance to ask questions on how to make the tools work the best for you.

What is the cost?

Early bird pricing: $420
Deposit of $220 by August 15 and payment of $200 (one day before the group begins, on September 4).
Early bird deadline: August 15

Regular pricing: $510
Paid in full by the beginning of the group on September 5.
Payment plan for regular pricing: $185/ month before the first class of each month. This will be set up in autopay.

Financial accessibility is also important to me, so a small number of partial scholarships are available if this investment is not possible for you. If you would like to participate in the group, but do not have the funds, please contact me privately.

Enroll now

Does this sound like what you’ve been looking for, a chance to move past the struggle with exhaustion and insomnia into a meaningful, engaged life?

Just sign up here. Or feel free to email me with questions, or set up a free consultation.

Create a bridge into rest, sleep, and your real life

Find your inside pathways to move out the wearying experience of insomnia.

Move into where your heart can open up into your deep self, welcome sleep, and live the life you have been missing for too long.

Water-Lily Pond

After 10+ years of struggle, I can finally rest.

I am so lucky to have found Sondra and her Restful Insomnia program because after 10+ years of struggling with insomnia, I can finally rest.

Elizabeth R. Kriston
Speech-Language Pathologist