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The Gift of the Night

A Six-Step Program for Better Sleep

Foreword by Kristen LaMarca
Published by Findhorn Press
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

A fast and easy six-step approach for addressing insomnia and other sleep disorders

• An effective, easy six-step program to help you sleep better as well as thirteen specific techniques to help you fall asleep and stay asleep

• Offers an integrative approach combining evidence-based sleep science with holistic and spiritual techniques

• Provides online support in the form of short videos, audio meditations, and exercises from the author’s successful sleep clinic

More than one third of adults suffer from insomnia or some other kind of sleep disorder. Left unaddressed, lack of sleep can lead to debilitated health, lowered resilience, and decreased performance in all aspects of life. Restoring hope to the sleepless, psychotherapist Philip Carr-Gomm reveals how we each have the ability to unlock better sleep naturally.

Combining his knowledge of sleep science and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) with techniques drawn from spiritual traditions and insights from the emerging field of psychedelic therapy, Carr-Gomm presents a fast and easy-to-follow six-step program to help you sleep better. He explores a multitude of approaches to sleep, as well as sleep difficulties and how to overcome them. He looks at the potential of psychedelic-assisted therapy and microdosing, applying elements of the psychedelic therapy model as a way of optimizing the conditions for sleep. He recommends thirteen natural ways we can drift into a deep and restorative sleep, including hypnotherapy, Yoga Nidra, sophrology, progressive muscle relaxation, and white, pink, and grey noise, and provides scripts for five of these techniques. His successful sleep clinic provides online support in the form of short videos and audio meditations as well as exercises.

In addition to the six-step program, the author guides you in discovering the factors inhibiting a good night’s sleep and explores the difficulties of sleep phobia, sleep-talking, sleep-walking, and “Exploding Head Syndrome.” He also answers questions about the links between sleep and depression, sleep and obesity, and the value of sleep hacking and lucid dreaming.

Helping you get a better night’s sleep, this concise and simple guide shows you how to benefit from everything the night offers to body and soul.

About The Author

Philip Carr-Gomm is an author and psychotherapist, trained in psychology, sophrology, and psychosynthesis psycho therapy. The founder of the Sophrology Institute, he also works in the emerging field of psychedelic psychotherapy. Philip runs a sleep clinic that offers online sleep therapy and is the author of more than twenty books. He lives in Sussex, England.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Findhorn Press (October 3, 2023)
  • Length: 192 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781644119303

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Raves and Reviews

“A must-read for all those who find good sleep elusive. Soundly based in contemporary sleep science—also a deeply practical approach.”

– Vivianne Crowley, psychologist and author of Wicca

“An excellent short guide to sleep from a very welcome integral perspective with a wonderfully varied selection of approaches to try. My new go-to recommendation for clients and colleagues suffering from sleep difficulties.”

– Stephen Decker, chartered psychologist and coeditor of Taking Children Seriously

“No one can officiate a marriage between mind and spirit better than Philip Carr-Gomm.”

– Ruby Wax, actress and author of Sane New World and A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled

“A brilliant, important, and inspiring book that will be so helpful to so many people.”

– Rosalind Watts, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and clinical lead for Imperial College London’s p

“Sleep is one of the great unsolved mysteries of neuroscience. We understand very little of either what it is or why we, or indeed almost every animal that has a central nervous system, do it. With so little hard science as to its nature, those of us who suffer from sleep disturbances must fall back on empirical methodologies that have been shown to work. Philip Carr-Gomm’s book is a practical guide to finding the peace that comes from returning to the patterns of sleep that energize our waking lives. I strongly commend it to you as a very practical and helpful guide.”

– Peter Mobbs, professor emeritus and former dean of the faculty of life sciences and dean of preclini

“Philip Carr-Gomm’s message on how to access the power of the night for the world of healing, restorative sleeps, and dreams is of value and much needed. His six-step program provides practical and easy ways to fall asleep and to access your creative, healing dreams— an invaluable resource. I highly recommend The Gift of the Night!”

– Machiel Klerk, author of Dream Guidance

“Sleep as a daily embodied spiritual practice! This workbook is a rare marriage of science and soul.”

– David Peters, professor emeritus and cofounder and director of the Centre for Resilience at the Univ

“Philip Carr-Gomm presents a succinct but authoritative look at ways to help us sleep better. Science and spirituality are drawn upon equally, with inspiration and techniques coming via sophrology, yoga nidra, and the latest sleep research. The author even taps into the potential of psychedelic-assisted therapy, applying elements of the model as a way of optimizing the conditions for sleep. Accessible, practical, and endlessly thought-provoking, reading The Gift of the Night certainly won’t send you to sleep, but the rich content contained within should provide even the greatest insomniacs with plenty of new ways to finally drift off.”

– Ian Roullier, cofounder of the Psychedelic Participant Advocacy Network (PsyPAN) and mental health a

“Philip Carr-Gomm has drawn on his own sleeping difficulties to create an integrative approach to tackling sleep issues. Although the problem is a simple one—we have difficulty sleeping well—the roots of it can be complex and multilayered. Philip draws on his training as a psychologist to help tackle these issues, combining the best of current scientific understanding with transpersonal approaches that help address wider holistic aspects of sleep disorder. Philip is highly trained in multiple disciplines (many of which contribute to the wide range of helpful suggestions in this book), but he wears his learning lightly. The book is written in a relaxed and conversational style: readers will feel as though they are being taken by the hand by a wise and helpful friend who can guide them toward a satisfying night’s sleep. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.”

– Martin Treacy, chartered psychologist and cofounder of the British Psychological Society Transperson

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