"After only four days with Robert, I feel I have gotten my life back.   I'm free of the anxiety I constantly felt, and am excited about life!   I'm in charge of my life now... What a wonderful feeling!"       Cassi G., Moses Lake, WA       "Robert and Glei, you are truly inspirations for others.   You offer a different kind of option for living life."       Kathy K., Ocean City, MD       "Just a note while nearing my ONE YEAR mark of the rest of my life, anxiety-free!   My life is so full and rich, it's staggering at times.   Greatfulness abounds!"      Anita P., Minneapolis, MN       "Robert is to me what Phil Jackson is to the Lakers...   In seven short sessions, I eliminated literally twenty-plus years of anxiety and self-doubt."      Michael S., Marina Del Rey, CA       "I thank you, Robert Mantell, ever so much for all that you've done for me, my life and my sense of being."       Kelly R., Ocala, FL        "The past 5 years plagued my life with an array of antidepressants and alcohol, progressing to mental hospitals and a long list of therapists and group sessions.   I was so ready for this last chance to kick 'King Alcohol' out my life when a friend introduced me to Robert Mantell.   In one day this man saved my life..."       LaDonna O., Reno, NV        "The pain I was feeling in my life experience disappeared when Robert and Glei helped me reclaim my ability to take charge of my beliefs, feelings and actions in my life...    A special thanks to Robert and Glei for great direction and friendship."       Chris F., Detroit, MI       "You are a man of character, but more importantly you are a man driven by the truest and kindest intentions of your heart.   Thank you for touching my life... "       Gabby F., Vancouver, WA       "It doesn't seem possible, but in just six days you gave me the tools to overcome my problem and change my life!   Nothing else I have tried, from medication to therapy works... but this does.   I wish I had found you a long time ago.   Thank you!"      Jillian S., Dana Point, CA       "Thank you so much for giving me my son back.   To tell the truth, I have never seen Jonathan more relaxed, self-confident, fun-loving, involved, and connected with life.   You have shown him how to break the shell of darkness that enveloped him.   Now he shines like a radiant new sun!"      Carolyn D., Paradise, CA      
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The BrightLife Center for The Rapid Relief of Chronic Insomnia

BASED IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, The BrightLife Center for The Rapid Relief of Chronic Insomia specializes in rapid, permanent, 100% drug-free eradication of insomnia and related problems. On average, just 3 to 4 three-hour Accelerated Personal Breakthrough Coaching sessions over the course of about a week as part of our 90-Day Accelerated Personal Breakthrough Coaching program are required to help you achieve substantial or complete relief from your challenge with chronic insomnia.

What Is Insomnia?*

Insomnia is characterized by an inability to sleep and/or to remain asleep for a reasonable or desirable period of time. Most believe that insomnia is itself a sleep disorder, when in fact it is not. Rather, it is a symptom, as insomniacs typically complain of being unable to close their eyes or "rest their mind" for more than a few minutes at a time.

Common causes of insomnia include fear, stress, anxiety, medications, herbs and caffeine. An overactive mind or physical pain may also be the cause of the problem. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,

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approximately 60 million Americans each year suffer from insomnia. Insomnia tends to increase with age and affects about 40 percent of women and 30 percent of men. Whatever the case, it is important to identify the underlying cause of the insomnia if it is to be successfully resolved as a chronic limiting issue in a person's life.

Understanding Insomnia

There are three different classes of insomnia. Insomnia may be classified as transient, acute (short-term), or chronic.

Insomnia lasting from one night to a few weeks is referred to as transient. This is generally the case for most people who experience the problem only temporarily, for example, those who suffer from jet lag or short-term anxiety.
If this form of insomnia continues to be a recurring problem over time, the insomnia is classified to be intermittent.
Acute insomnia is the inability to consistently sleep well for a period of three weeks to six months. However, insomnia is considered to be chronically acute, the most serious, if it persists almost nightly for at least a month.

Although not the case for everyone, our clients most often create challenges in their ability to fall asleep easily by virtue of what they are doing to inhibit the development of the normal sleep cycle. In other words, sleep is truly a natural act, and under most circumstances could be expected to occur easily and naturally.

If one is experiencing chronic problems engaging what is unquestionably a most natural act, then short of any physiological explanations for what could be happening, the only remaining possible source of such a problem would be what the person is doing to prevent himself from engaging in this most natural behavior. In other words, one has to literally stop him- or herself from falling asleep naturally in order to have a problem falling asleep naturally.

Most of our clients manage to successfully stop themselves from sleeping by creating an undue amount of stress and anxiety resulting from their fears about what will happen if they can't fall asleep.

You see, in order to fall asleep, one must first achieve a certain minimum degree of physiological relaxation; they must activate what is known as their parasympathetic nervous system. Parasympathetic nervous system arousal (also known as the relaxation response) is an undeniable prerequisite to being able to fall asleep.

Yet, this is the exact opposite of what happens when one worries obsessively about not being able to fall asleep.

You see, the act of worrying so intently about what may happen if one cannot fall asleep activates the exact opposite of the desired state — something called sympathetic nervous system arousal, otherwise known as fight or flight. Such a state of intense anxiety, by definition, makes it impossible to relax enough to be able to fall asleep.

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As Board-Certified Life Skills coaches (and not a traditional medical treatment facility, per se), you should know that we do not attempt to "treat" or otherwise cure sleep problems that appear to be the direct result of physical challenges including organic physiological (structural) abnormalities, physical injuries, chronic physical pain, etc.

However, we do assist clients — very effectively — to overcome insomniatic conditions that appear to be virtually entirely the result of self-imposed mental blocks, such as chronic worry, stress, anxiety, and even (in some cases) unresolved psychological trauma resulting from one or more specific traumatic events occurring earlier in life.

Our work is so effective, we have been featured on numerous local, national and even international print, radio and television, including our appearances in the Montreal Gazette, KNX 1070 NewsRadio in Los Angeles, Esquire Magazine, as well as the Discovery Health Channel's six-part television series, Things That Go Bump: Facing Our Fears. On that program, BrightLife Co-Founder Robert Mantell assisted a client to eliminate an intense twenty-year phobia in just 15 minutes! See the video here!

How are we so successful in helping to alleviate even years of chronic insomnia?

Understand that if the problem is not the result of physical, tangible (i.e. structural) abnormalities or other such physiological imitations, then there really is only one other possible source of the problem — and that is what the person is doing subconsciously to create the problem. That is to say, such a person is creating their own block to sleep by virtue of how they are using their mental and physical resources to stop themselves from successfully entering parasympathetic nervous system arousal.

How do we know this? It's simple logic.

Consider that virtually everyone has fallen asleep as a result of entirely natural processes at least once in their lifetime — probably many hundreds or even thousands of times, however long ago that may have been for any given individual.

Well, if the person was ever able to fall asleep easily, naturally and comfortably — even once — then that person's brain knows how to fall asleep easily, naturally and comfortably. It has the resources to be able to do it anytime. It's simply a matter of interrupting the person's habitual behavior of blocking themselves off from those resources that is the key to clearing up the problem in relatively quick and simple fashion.

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In other words, we know our clients' challenge with insomnia is not a question of inherent ability to fall asleep or not — instead, it's a question of how the person has been chronically stopping him- or herself from accessing that very natural ability. Our job is merely to help put our clients back in touch with those resources that we know they must have inside themselves, right now.

Depending on our client's unique needs, we can accomplish this in any number of very creative ways. Our personal empowerment coaching toolset is impressive in breadth and scope, and may include hypnosis, direct behavioral intervention, or even outright disruption of a person's mental “recipe” for creating their age-old anxiety-related response. The result of these interventions is typically a refreshing rediscovery of what's possible for a given individual.

However we manage the process with a particular client, the bottom line is that when a person realizes that they are, in fact, able to access the resources that do allow them to be able to fall asleep comfortably — at will — they cease worrying so much about "What if I can't fall asleep?" When this happens, the energy that has been driving the chronic cycle of sleeplessness dissipates, and the client soon discovers a new-found sense of freedom, comfort, and peaceful, restful sleep.

* Limited excerpts have been borrowed from an article on insomnia appearing at the Wikipedia website, at http://en.wikipedia.org.

It is also true that some clients experience serious, chronic insomnia — sometime for many years — as a result of one or more psychologically traumatic incidents that occurred in their past that now cause the subconscious mind to block the client's ability to fall asleep. Such clients tend to report the experience of suddenly being "pulled awake" just at the moment they were about to fall asleep. In such a case, our clients invariably benefit from the opportunity to resolve the heretofore unresolved trauma at the unconscious level using hypnosis, perhaps in conjunction with behavioral exercises as well.

BrightLife Phobia & Anxiety Release Center can be contacted at:

2010 W. Avenue K, # 644
Lancaster, CA 93536
email: info@fearintopower.com

BrightLife Phobia and Anxiety Release Center has been awarded the prestigious "A+ Rating" for outstanding Service Quality and Customer Satisfaction by the Southland Better Business Bureau!
BrightLife's Founder and Executive Director Robert Mantell is a member in good standing of the American Counseling Association (Membership #06162446).
BrightLife's Founder and Executive Director Robert Mantell. is a member of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress.
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BrightLife's Founder and Executive Director Robert Mantell is a member of the National Center for Crisis Management.
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BrightLife's Founder and Executive Director Robert Mantell is a member of the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.

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