Answers in the Dark
Grief, Sleep and How Dreams Can Help You Heal.
The 4am Mystery: that’s an actual thing by the way. Even before a global health crisis took the shape of COVID-19, people around the world were finding themselves sleep deprived, awake in the middle of the night. You might be someone who says, no matter what you do, you just can’t sleep. Sometimes you know why: your thoughts are racing, or a nightmare has startled you into consciousness. Other nights, you might toss and turn and, just as you finally doze off, the alarm blares.
This book was written for you. It explores why you’re awake, how you can manage your mind at night, and what might help if it’s your dream content wreaking havoc. Drawing on nearly two decades of therapeutic work, research, and an ancient wisdom proven to helpfully manage the mind, Delphi connects the dots between sleep, dreams and our mental health. She particularly highlights the impact of grief and loss on our well-being, which can ultimately affect the quality of our night-time rest - even if no one has died. Her book guides the reader on a journey to make friends with night-time, learning what the dark might have to offer, to achieve a calmer, healthier, happier life.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. The author gives advice for sleeplessness along with the timing of the first phase of Covid-19 pandemic and its overall effects on physical and mental health. She notes that since that time, there is an increase in remembering dreams. There are a few examples of dream descriptions, but she states the book is not a dream dictionary. She discusses that grief is not only associated with death. It can be caused by any loss. She refers to one of my favorite poems, Desierata. In the back of the book are many helpful links. I think this is a good book for anyone who wants to look deeper into their own mental and physical health. ~ Dawn Thomas (Reviewer) , NetGalley
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. I suffer from insomnia. This book provided a different approach to cultivating a better sleeping relationship. Appreciated the research that went into debunking what some of us currently believe about healthy sleeping habits. Great book for those looking for additional insight into sleeping and developing better habits. ~ Nadia D. (Reviewer) , NetGalley
I was diagnosed with PTSD in 2016, resulting in a significant increase in my dreams and nightmares. Whilst I received therapy to live with my PTSD, understanding my dreams and interpreting them have always been a mystery. This book has unlocked those questions, I am grateful for the support and answers they have given me. The sleep cycle repair kit offers practical help. A must read. Thank you! ~ Pip (Reviewer)
I have followed Delphi’s incredible work for many years and have been privileged to have had her as a guest on numerous occasions on my Radio Show, sharing her vast and extent knowledge of sleep and the meaning behind our dreams. So when I received a copy of her book 'Answers in the Dark' I couldn't wait to get stuck in. It quickly became apparent that this book is a life changer. I struggle with my sleep patterns and often find it difficult to get a good night's sleep. In the past I have tried all the recommend advice to no avail until I read Delphi's book. Delphi literally goes under the covers and shares her vast experience and knowledge about the reasons why many of us struggle to get a peaceful and rejuvenating night's sleep. Delphi draws upon her counselling background and intuition to identify key factors that create interference with our sleep and sets about giving us a plan of action so we can get into good sleep habits which can improve our daily lives. Delphi examines the links between our mental well-being and our sleep issues and also looks at the grief we have experienced and how this can affect our quality of sleep. This book is filled with practical advice, exercises and scientific evidence making this book a valuable tool for anyone who wishes to gain a greater understanding of sleep and dreaming. This book goes far deeper than a dream analysis book and although different types of dreams are explained and common themes of dreams are interpreted the real diamond within the book for me is Delphi's practical advice. Delphi encourages you to practice mindfulness and talks you through exactly how to do this and what it is as well as what it is not. Delphi shares her many techniques about meditation too, which I personally found great success with, enabling me to fall asleep effortlessly. When reading the book from cover to cover (I couldn't put it down once I started) it felt as though Delphi could see inside my head and had identified all my sleep issues and had connected things from my past that was affecting my quality and length of sleep. I have put Delphi's exercises into practice, I now meditate and keep a sleep tracker as she suggests. My sleep has improved greatly and so has my anxiety and stress levels as a result. I now feel I have the tools and knowledge to be in charge of my sleep habits and my lifestyle has improved as a result. In my opinion this is the best book you will ever read about sleep, you will learn so much and will look forward to bedtime once again. This book has far exceeded my expectations and made a huge and positive improvement in my life. Thank you Delphi for writing it. ~ Beth Lee-Crowther, TV Pet Psychic, Pulse Talk Radio Presenter, Author of the Amazon bestselling book 'Everything you need to know to become a Pet Psychic'
A wonderful read filled with insight, kindness and compassion. Getting good sleep is one of the key ways to improve your well-being and this book helps with that but so much more along the way. Delphi really is a special and healing force, the text is clear and informative - it helps you really grapple with what could be difficult topics in a clear, calm and safe way. Highly recommended for humans. ~ Gareth Eglinton-Pacitti, (CEO) YiS
Delphi helps us to look at sleep from a different perspective and we all want a more restful night. I've already used some of the insights to get a better night's sleep and as someone with insomnia I thought I had heard all the best ones already. A helpful read! ~ Genelle Aldred, Author and Broadcaster
I thought Answers in the Dark was a great read. I will be giving it five plus stars and I highly recommend it. ~ Amy Campbell (Reviewer) NetGalley
Drawing on nearly two decades of therapeutic work, research, and ancient wisdom proven to helpfully manage the mind, author Delphi Ellis connects the dots between sleep, dreams and our mental health. Indeed, she particularly highlights the impact of grief and loss on our well-being, which can ultimately affect the quality of our nighttime rest - even if no one has died. The book is split into three parts: Part I busts some myths about sleep and dreams in general, Part II focuses on how to sleep better, and Part III specifically explores dreams and why we have them. Inclusive of chapters such as Faulty Winks, The Big Myths of Sleep, Into Darkness, Dreaming About Death, the fascinatingly-named The Sleep Cycle Repair Kit, and amongst of others Put Your Dreams to Bed and How We Can Work with Our Dreams, et al., it opens (after an expressive Preface that details what the book is and, importantly, what the book isn’t) on an expansive Introduction entitled Help for a Sleepless Society, where Delphi explains the phenomenon that surrounds sleep (and how it is essential and yet inconvenient - how we want it and yet cannot always achieve it), and more interesting, the actual science behind sleep. Simply put, Answers in the Dark: Grief, Sleep and How Dreams Can Help You Heal guides the reader on a journey to make friends with night-time, learning what the dark might have to offer, to achieve a calmer, healthier, happier life. FULL REVIEW HERE > https://annecarlini.com/ex_books.php?id=330 ~ Exclusive Magazine