About me and the project
My name is Alina, I am the creator of the Fearless Sleep project and an insomnia recovery advocate.
I guess this is the place where people usually write about their shiny medals, 30+ years of practice in the field, and so on and so forth. But I don’t have any of that because when I was choosing my career path over ten years ago, I could never have imagined that I would develop insomnia in my mid-20s, recover from it, and then discover a passion for sharing my knowledge with others.
So, I’m not a sleep doctor, psychotherapist, or any other kind of medical/mental health professional – nor do I pretend to be one.
I am someone who went through the horrors of insomnia, put in a lot of time and energy into understanding the issue, did a ton of trial and error, and finally got my life back. And I believe anyone can do it too. You can read more about my recovery story.
On this very bumpy journey, I’ve learned quite a few things and gained valuable insights that helped me quit the vicious cycle of worrying → not sleeping → worrying again → and again not sleeping. This is what I refer to as insomnia.
This experience inspired me to start the Fearless Sleep project a few years ago. I began sharing everything I’ve learned in the hope of helping those who find themselves in the same situation. And you know what? It has resonated with a lot of people who then started seeing fundamental improvements too.
I love to create content and popularize the concepts of acceptance, exposure to triggers, and self-compassion, which were key in my journey. I want to make these topics more available and accessible to others.
The things I talk about aren’t new at all. This stuff has been with us for ages – it just hasn’t been widely used in the context of insomnia. There are also a ton of nuances and caveats to the concepts, and I talk about them too.
I don’t claim that my content is the only thing that will set you free. I believe each person can find teachings and teachers that might resonate with them more. Listen to your gut feeling, because it tends to be right. But if you’ve read and watched a few of my things and you feel that they speak to you – you might find a lot of value here.
This may sound strange, but I don’t really have a ready-made template or an actionable plan that will fit everyone. If insomnia recovery was about a simple 1-2-3 step protocol, then there wouldn’t be any chronic insomniacs. I believe that the path to freedom lies within each of us, and it is our task to discover it.
There are some universal principles, like “the more you pressure yourself to sleep, the less sleep you get” or “whatever we resist persists,” etc. But when applied properly, the answers might look different for each person.
And while on the micro-level the journeys may differ, on the macro-level, we observe common patterns and shared experiences – which make insomnia not a unique monster but pretty much an understandable and paradoxical loop that is possible to break when you know how it works.
If this sounds interesting to you, check out my YouTube playlist on the basics of the approach.
Good luck on your path ❤️,