Marketing copywriter Kathleen Hanover


Hi, my name is Kathleen. I’m a writer from Dayton, Ohio, and for years I’ve struggled with insomnia and sleeplessness. I thought it was normal to never sleep through the night. The concept of putting my head on the pillow, falling asleep in minutes, and waking up when it was morning was totally alien to me for most of my life.

When I was younger, this didn’t seem like much of a problem. I know I didn’t invent the all-nighter, but in college I certainly perfected it. I was never a “morning person,” and it was actually pretty easy for me to stay awake for a couple of days in a row.

As I got older, the bad sleep habits I developed in college simply got worse. But, unlike your typical college student, I couldn’t arrange my schedule so I could sleep in every day. I graduated, got a “real” job, and the alarm clock became my enemy.

I was never a coffee drinker, but I always had a diet cola in my hand. Some days I would drink 2 liters of caffeine, and wonder why I couldn’t sleep that night. (I had no idea that caffeine would stay in my system for hours and hours.)

Over the years, my sleep problems became progressively worse. I was experiencing common side effects of sleep deprivation — brain fog, depression, anxiety, weight gain, and more. (Of course, anxiety makes it even harder to sleep…so it was a vicious cycle.) As a writer, my inability to concentrate made it almost impossible to do my job some days.

I knew something had to change, but I was afraid of typical sleeping pills or anti-depressants. (I have a friend who travels internationally for work, and she had some Ambien horror stories about sleepwalking, sleeptalking and actually making eating and phone calls while she was asleep.)

Luckily, I discovered hypnosis several years ago, and starting using it as a self-improvement tool. Hypnotherapy reduced my anxiety and stress levels, making it easier for me to calm my whirling thoughts and stay asleep all night. A hypnosis MP3 for sleep helped me fall asleep faster–within a few minutes. (If you’ve never tried self-hypnosis, I’ve arranged for you to get access to three free hypnosis MP3 downloads here. One of them is great for relaxation.)

For the first time in my life, I could actually get more than 4 hours of sleep a night–almost every night! My mood lifted, the brain fog went away, I started losing weight…life is amazing when you get enough sleep.

Then peri-menopause hit me like a ton of bricks. All the progress I had made in falling asleep faster went right out the window, along with most of my hormones! I was back to Square One, trying desperately to overcome menopause-related insomnia. Hormone replacement therapy helped, but it wasn’t enough. I started trying various herbal sleep remedies and more powerful sleep hypnosis recordings.

I’m still working on getting my hormones balanced, so I still struggle with sleep loss. But things are getting better.

The Centers for Disease Control say that sleep deprivation is actually a public health epidemic. I knew there were millions of people out there who couldn’t get enough sleep, so I thought I would put up this site to share what I’ve learned in my quest for better sleep, and tell you about some of the solutions and products I’ve tried.

Sleep tight!