Put Insomnia to Rest – to welcome sleep and really live

Holding on by your fingertips?

So many people are giving (or wanting to give) more than they can. They’re exhausted, let go at night, unconnected, and barely holding on. Sound familiar? Maybe you’re:

    • Struggling with sleep, anxiety, loneliness, and frustration…
    • Drained, without the energy for life…
    • Stressed-out and sad because you have so much to give to life, but can’t find your path or can’t move on it…

A lot of people come to me like that – giving, vibrant clients who’ve gotten lost under all their struggles and exhaustion.

They’ve done tons of things, trying to return to who they know they really are. During the day they get help from meditation, yoga, volunteer work, therapy, relaxation exercises, classes, self-help books. But they don’t solve the underlying problem:

Reviving that vibrant engaged self that’s been wilting underneath.

At night it might be: magnesium; melatonin; CBT-i (cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia); exercise before 6 PM; sleeping pills (from trazodone Ambien, Lorazepam, Benadryl); herbal teas; and the latest consumer sleep stuff (new pillows, mattresses, electronic eye masks, etc.)

These things might work sometimes, or not. And they often create physical and emotional dependencies. Then what do you do?

Because if you’re exhausted and worn out, you need to find ways to rest, sleep, and come back to who you really are.

Sleep doesn’t happen from the outside in.


I’m sure you’ve heard all the advice about sleep: A dark room or a supportive bed. Eating well and moving during the day. Sleep habits that keep your body in its rhythm.

It’s a good foundation, but it addresses sleep from the outside in. It’s not enough.

If the outside is good and the inside isn’t… you can’t force sleep to come to you.

You’re not stuck at the dead-end of a one-way street.

Because when you have skills and tools, you can change your relationship to your body, mind, emotions, and self – you can create the waves of rest and sleep. And come back to who you really are.

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

I struggled with horrible chronic insomnia over 15 years ago. But then, what a gift! I developed pathways to deep rest and sleep. And I’ve been coaching and training others since then to have a new ability to replenish, 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 life coach and sleep coach, with a degree in community service with counseling.

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

I get such joy helping people discover their next steps in coaching and groups. What’s great about groups is seeing people break through the isolation of exhaustion and insomnia, connect and learn with others.

I love helping people to stop struggling with insomnia. I get to see them become confident that they can renew when they can’t sleep, and see the amazing things they are able to do with their lives.

Reconnect with your vibrant self in this online group

Learn new ways to balance your life. With these profound new approaches, you’ll have the ability to regenerate yourself at night, to have energy for the life you crave.

In this online course, we’ll explore the 7 pathways to rest. That’s not just lying still and hoping you calm down.

It’s about changing your relationship with your nights and yourself, so you can learn to rest into who you are.

As you learn the new perspectives, as you develop a variety of tools, you’ll feel confident that even during sleepless hours, you can tap into your true self, renew, and welcome sleep. Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • Understand what deep rest is, how it renews, and how you can use it to create the space for sleep.
  • Improve your ability to let go, even in an imperfect sleeping environment.
  • Reconnect with your body, which brings you wisdom and healing without needing to work at it.
  • Manage your chattering mind so you can finally get silence and rest where it’s most important, inside yourself!
  • Deal with the emotions and upsets that wake you up or keep you up, so you can rest even when things are hard in life.
  • Heal the lonely that comes in the middle of the night, so you can rest deeply.
  • Discover a new way to align with what you really crave.

We’ll meet one hour each week (10 weeks) over three months – and with a private Facebook group for questions and conversations – 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!

Previous group member

The details: when and how

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

The commitment is 10 weeks for three months. We meet Thursdays for one hour at 4 PM Pacific time, (7 PM Eastern). Dates (2019):

  • September 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: $310
Deposit of $160 by September 14 and payment of $150 (one day before the group begins, on September 18).
Early bird deadline: September 14

Regular pricing: $420
Paid in full by the beginning of the group on September 5.
Payment plan for regular pricing: $155/ month on Sept 19, October 10, and October 31.

And contact me for a friend discount as well.

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.

Talk to me! Have questions or want to check it out?

If you’re curious, have questions, want to see if it’s a fit, contact me and we can talk! It’s one of my favorite things to do, to connect and create new perspectives!

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.

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

Join this group and discover your pathways to move out the wearying experience of stressful nights.

And 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. Can’t wait to see you there!

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