The continued uncertainty generated by the coronavirus pandemic and stay-at-home orders has created a need for stress reduction.
Carmel resident Skye Winslow, a certified instructor for the National Guild of Hypnotists, has a way to help. She founded Overnight Learning, which provides audiobooks to listen to during sleep, and is offering free audiobooks available through April.
“These are audiobooks that are written by licensed professionals,” Winslow said. “We had a medical doctor upload one particularly for the coronavirus. People listen to them to calm themselves, to help them sleep. We have some for depression. You can listen to them at the daytime or night.”
Winslow said some people have a hard time calming themselves before bed.
Ten audiobooks are available for free at overnightlearning.com. Topics include caregiver stress relief, help with depression and positive emotional management. Additional audiobooks are available for purchase.
“I named it Overnight Learning because guided meditations work just as well when you’re sleeping as they do when you’re awake,” Winslow said. “In fact, one could argue it’s actually better to be asleep. And, people are busy, so I figured they would welcome an opportunity to make emotional and behavioral changes while they sleep or commute.”
The audiobooks are streamed, so Winslow said one can listen on any device.
“Everything we write is intended to be very relaxing,” she said. “You may be rejuvenated while you’re sleeping, but your brain never sleeps. If a person has a hard time calming their mind, they can turn it on and turn it into rest. It will help you to rewire your brain, so you wake up a lot more refreshed.”
Winslow said it is best to listen to an audiobook at least once a day for 21 days before choosing a second audiobook because repetition of the recording is important.
Winslow has partnered with a psychologist, Roxanne Daleo, who has offered several meditations designed for children for the website.
Winslow Hypnosis has a Carmel office, which is closed during the pandemic. Winslow, a former TV reporter and anchor, is married to Fox59 and CBS4 anchor Bob Donaldson.