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When I first heard of Shape House, I had been relying on nightly prescribed sleeping pills for ten years. I experienced life through a fog. The sedative effects of the medication never completely wore off during the daytime, so I almost always felt mentally exhausted, emotionally numb, and physically drained.

A friend of mine told me about sweating at Shape House, and how it had done wonders for her weight loss. She told me that Sophie had mentioned that sweating could be helpful for insomnia. Like most insomniacs, I was so desperate to find a solution that searching for cures had become yet another source of stress in my life, so I decided to give it a try.
When I chatted with Sophie, she recommended that I come for a session late in the day, and plan to go directly home afterwards to settle in for a restful evening. I was skeptical, but I made the appointment, and showed up hoping against hope that maybe this would actually work.

My first sweat was intense, but I could feel that the muscles in my body were relaxing, and that my mental state was sharper than it had been in a long time. Inspired but cynical, I went home and proceeded in my regular routine. I hunkered down in front of the TV, curious as to what was going to happen, but my expectations were pretty low.

The next thing I remember is waking up on the couch at 6:25AM the next day, astonished. I had forgotten to take my sleeping pill the night before, and I had somehow fallen asleep without it for the first time in ten years. Even more incredible was the fact that I didn’t wake up through the whole night, and I actually felt rested and refreshed.

There was a striking difference in my energy that day, to the point that it literally felt like a veil had been lifted from me. But not all of it was easy and pleasant- finally being aware of my own emotions made me realize that I wasn’t living the way that I wanted to. I realized that I had to make some changes in my life, but I relished finally feeling like I had the energy to make them.

I wanted to believe that I had finally found the solution to my insomnia, but I was still incredulous, and I wanted to prove to myself that it had really worked. So I went for another session the next night. I fell asleep again without the medication, but I did wake up early (around 4:00AM). Even though this was still an improvement compared to my normal routine, I was nervous.

So, I talked to Sophie again, and voiced my concerns. She recommended that I test my theory by adjusting how often I sweated according to how good it felt. Lo and behold, I discovered that the best rhythm for me was to sweat three times a week- a magical number that felt amazing.

The clarity I found from living a life without sleeping pills allowed me to realize that it was time to finally quit a job that had been unsatisfying for quite a while. I’m now in a happier job, and I have more energy than I’ve ever had. For obvious reasons, sweating has become part of my self-care protocol. It truly changed my life.