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Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping) Cured My Insomnia

Updated on March 15, 2020
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Holley Hyler is an IT consultant and published freelance writer living in New York.

Stress and sadness used to keep me awake at night.
Stress and sadness used to keep me awake at night. | Source

A Flawed First Impression

When I heard about EFT for the first time, I thought it seemed absurd.

I watched videos of practitioners touching the crowns of their heads, under their eyes, and cheeks while repeating statements like, "Even though I... fill in the blank... I fully accept myself."

Sometimes the words were soothing to hear, but from simply watching, I did not understand how this could heal something like childhood trauma or insomnia.

Then came a time in life when I experienced uncontrollable anger, the consequences of which I still experience. I decided to give EFT a try.

What is EFT?

EFT was developed by Gary Craig in the 1990s. The premise behind it is similar to acupuncture: by touching certain points, or energy meridians, on the body, we heal. In EFT, these touches are paired with affirming statements. It is possible to heal emotional trauma and even physical ailments with this form of therapy.

In my own experience, EFT has been a blend of talk therapy and energy healing. I told my practitioner about things going on in my life that bothered me. He turned my concerns into healing statements that I could say while I touched energy meridians on my hands, face, and upper body.

It may look silly, but once I was able to suspend my disbelief and try it for myself, I experienced results.

What Does EFT Heal?

EFT is excellent for things like PTSD, depression, and anxiety. If you are of a holistic view of health, you understand that your feelings and thoughts can manifest externally as physical ailments. While you should still check in with your PCP regularly, a combination of traditional medicine and EFT can be helpful for a variety of issues.

I used EFT for several problems, from understanding why I developed a cyst on my neck to healing and letting go of anger at various circumstances in my life. While I experienced frequent angry outbursts before therapy, I rarely have them now.

I also experienced interrupted sleep or the inability to fall asleep several nights per week. Finally, I decided to bring this up in an EFT session, since it seemed to be working so well for the anger. The practitioner asked me what I thought about while I was having trouble sleeping, and we came up with affirming statements based on what I told him. I repeated them while going over the energy meridians and have not experienced this issue since that session.

I tried traditional talk therapy for several years but found that little changed.
I tried traditional talk therapy for several years but found that little changed. | Source


When it comes to treatment for difficult emotions, trauma, or trouble sleeping, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. My main point here is that sometimes the things we are quick to write off or ridicule are exactly what we should try. There may not be enough conclusive studies on EFT to give a scientific or exact explanation of why it works so well, but I am trusting the results I've experienced. It works for me.

I wanted to share my experience so that others who are like me, who may have also ridiculed or doubted this technique before, may be open enough to it to see what it can do for them and hopefully benefit from it. I cannot guarantee it will work the same for everyone. If in doubt about how EFT may affect you and any treatment you already receive, please ask your PCP or an EFT practitioner directly.


Maluk, Terry. "A Brief History of EFT, In a Nutshell..." Web blog post. From Stressed to Calm. 25 November 2015. Web. 15 March 2020.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Holley Hyler


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    • Holley Hyler profile imageAUTHOR

      Holley Hyler 

      2 months ago from Upstate New York

      Thank you, Mitara! I'm glad you found it informative and much appreciate your sharing.

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      Mitara N 

      2 months ago from South Africa

      Your article is so informative,

      A wonderful technique, and I shall be sure to share with many, referring them to your article

      Well written and thank you for sharing

    • Holley Hyler profile imageAUTHOR

      Holley Hyler 

      2 months ago from Upstate New York

      That's interesting! Maybe they had a subconscious, intuitive understanding of the healing power of tapping? Thank you for sharing this.

    • Holley Hyler profile imageAUTHOR

      Holley Hyler 

      2 months ago from Upstate New York

      You're welcome - I hope this technique can help you!

    • Kyler J Falk profile image

      Kyler J Falk 

      2 months ago from Corona, CA

      Very interesting and I wish I had known about this in the past. I was working security in the hospital and no one ever knew why it was certain distressed patients would sit and tap their faces, it was often attributed to "strange behavior" that they would then associate with their "mental illness". Had I known it was actually a therapeutic technique it would have helped save the patients a lot of unnecessary bother.

      Thank you for writing this important and informative article.

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      Aishatu Ali 

      2 months ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      Thank you for an informative post. I'm always looking for ways to deal with PTSD.


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