Mum who spent years on one hour’s sleep left ‘walking around like a zombie’

An exhausted mum has overcome extreme insomnia after two years surviving on less than one hour's sleep a night.

Angel Bendall's sleep started suffering before she fell pregnant with her first child and anxiety and nightmares kept her up at night.

The 18-year-old was so tired she suffered terrifying dizzy spells and felt like a “zombie”.

She was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of an abusive relationship.

The mum turned to hypnotherapy – which uses hypnosis – which she says helped her deal with her trauma.

And since giving birth to Archie, she has been able to sleep when her baby goes down for a nap, enabling her to rest.

Angel, of Coventry, said: "It was torture. For almost two years I was walking around like a zombie.

"I could barely even make a cup of tea without needing to sit down because I felt dizzy and faint.

"Even though I was exhausted I couldn't sleep because I just had the nightmares and would wake up crying."

She says her sleeping problems started when she was in an abusive relationship.

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Although they split, she claims her “dreams were haunted” by it.

She said: “The dark experiences came back to me at night and I just couldn't sleep. I was exhausted but never able to rest.

"Even when I did manage to drift off I was still going through the trauma in my dreams. I couldn't escape even when I was asleep."

Since having two two-hour hypnotherapy sessions last August, she claims her sleeping pattern has been restored.

Angel gave birth to 8lbs 5oz Archie in November and despite the challenges of caring for a new baby, she was still able to sleep more than she had before.

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She said: "Not many new mums can say they get more sleep after their baby is born but I can.

"I've really noticed a massive difference in the way I feel and I don't even mind being woken up by the baby.

"I've got so much more energy and don't feel like a zombie any more."

Davie Kilmurry, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist, said Angel booked into the practice "withdrawn and desperate for sleep".

But with a "combination of mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy" she regained control of her sleep patterns.

He added: "Coupled with the clinical hypnosis the results are always good.

"I am honoured to have helped her to achieve sound sleep."

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