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Finding regular sleep by rediscovering joy

When Mateusz’s struggle was falling asleep at night, a focus on movement and joy became the bedrocks to his Restful Sleep

Image to represent Mateusz finding more regular sleep by rediscovering what brought him joy with Restful Sleep coaching

Struggling to fall asleep

Initially, I came to Maša wanting to understand why I had such a hard time falling asleep for the last year or more, often with the help of a ‘night cap’. I’d been in a cycle of falling asleep late and whilst I had reluctantly accepted that I’d never have perfect sleep in this life, I had a few close calls with sleeping in longer than my work deadlines would like, so I knew I had to try something to address my sleep struggles and find new ways of being.

I’d always assumed my issues with sleep were caused by the inevitable external stresses in life, such as work pressures, tensions that come up with people, even politics. When things got tense, my sleep felt the impact. That’s just how it was for me. I can say now that I have been surprised with the new perspective on sleep and well-being that sleep coaching has opened up for me.

Getting clarity with Restful Sleep coaching

When I read online about Maša’s approach of exploring sleep struggles using embodiment practices, I thought that sounded so different to my usual way of dealing with things, and as I was out of other ideas I thought I may as well give it a try with the free discovery call.

With Restful Sleep coaching, I realised that my after work comfort zone was taken over with scrolling the internet for articles and posts on all the things that are wrong in the world, the community, even in my work field.

This would usually go down with a couple of beers, some snarky comments and finding myself frowning about what I’d read. I also noticed that I didn’t seem to have the energy to see my friends or try new things. Getting this view helped me to see the “work and sulk cave” I had created and how the hermit lifestyle I had fallen into wasn’t actually that fulfilling for me.

Getting curious about finding new ways

I came to realise that I was hyper-focusing on the doom and gloom stories online because I did not have many sources of joy and pleasure in my life to direct my attention to. It came as a shock at first, but Maša was reassuring about how surprisingly common it is for people to find themselves in that place when they have a lack of embodiment and treat their body like a ‘brain taxi’.

Through some research, I found out that there’s even a scientific name for a lack of joy and pleasure, anhedonia. This made me feel slightly better about where I was at and have more understanding about the situation I’d got myself into.

In my sleep coaching sessions, Maša helped me explore my lifestyle and options about what might feel ok for me to try out, all without judgement. We found a way of putting more energy into climbing, a hobby that I had abandoned over the past few years, as a way for me to make a conscious effort to reconnect with my body. Helping me to feel more fulfilment, and even pleasure, in my life. I was also able to connect more with others too - thanks to the community of climbers I now had easy ways to hang out with people.

There were some practical changes to make, like less alcohol, time on my phone, smarter work hours, etc… I thought these would be hard to change, but they were actually ok when my new focus on climbing took up more of my attention.

What sleep success looks like for Mateusz

It surprised me that I ended up working so much with movement and exercise in order to a better quality of sleep. I’m not sure I would have reached that solution by myself. I definitely wouldn’t have stuck with it to see results if it wasn’t for Maša’s support and encouragement.

Thinking back to my old ways, I almost can’t believe that was me. I’m so glad to get regular sleep now, as well as enjoying revived energy for an old passion and life in general. I’m actually continuing coaching with Maša as I want to see what else may be possible in other areas of my life, I’m hopeful about how I can find a life partner next.

Mateusz, Poland, 42, video editor

How could Restful Sleep coaching help you?

If you’re curious to find out about Restful Sleep coaching, you can find all information about the services available on the one on one one sleep coaching page. Of course, everyone’s personal situation is different, this is why you are welcome to book a free discovery call to see how Restful Sleep coaching could help with your specific sleep struggles. You’ll find the information about how to book your consultation on the one on one sleep coaching page, or if you’d like to read about more sleep success stories from previous clients, just click the links below.

Stay curious,


About the author

Maša Nobilo, Sleep Coach

From first-hand insomniac to certified Embodied Facilitator with training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia, the Feldenkrais Method and Embodied Yoga Principles, Maša is well-equipped to support you on journey to restful sleep.
Learn more below.

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