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Steven Pinder

Steven Pinder - Actor, best known as Max Farnham in the long-running Channel 4 soap Brookside

Issues - Chroninc Insomnia

"It's a revolutionary thing: Insomnia is a very broad spectrum and some people do have it far more seriously than I did: I seemed to go in and out of it. In normal times I would wake up two or three times in the night, about three AM. I’d go downstairs, have a drink, some news; go back to bed; read something and then I would be fine. Now some insomniacs might hear this and say ‘he’s not got it like me’ and the truth is that I probably had two bad nights out of three, but sometimes I'd have a bad week and then I'd gethalf way through the day and realize just how tired I was.

"I found out about Sally through a mutual friend. I was on tour with a Noel Coward play in summer 2008. She came to see the play and I had a couple of sessions with her and then she formulated a course for me and put it on CD. There were about seven CDs and it was a 40-day course – I was pretty busy last year and this meant I could fit it in around work schedules.

"I did it the last half of last year, stopped at Christmas and did it again in January and February. It seems to have worked: I haven’t needed to go back to it, and I think it was pretty good from a discipline point of view.

"Generally speaking, the way Sally tackled it, it was a force of mind over matter: being in charge of your own thoughts and not letting your thoughts take control of you.

The Hay Fever was similar. I seemed to get it not at the beginning of summer like most people but from the trees in July or August. Sometimes, if I didn’t think about it, it just wasn’t there.

"What Sally has done is taught me not to worry about things in the night. If you have worries, why, all of a sudden, would you start to worry about them at night? Why not worry about things tomorrow?

"I never really tried anything else to cure my insomnia as I am not really one for ‘therapising’. I hadn’t tried any other therapy or taken any tablets or medication. It didn’t really occur to me go down that road, but with Sally’s CDs I just thought I would give it a go.

"I didn’t have any Plan B in place if it didn’t work.

"But to my surprise it has done the trick and it’s really improved my life!"

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