An exhausted mum has overcome extreme insomnia after two years surviving on less than one hour's sleep a night.
Angel Bendall's sleep started suffering before she fell pregnant with her first child and anxiety and nightmares kept her up at night.
The 18-year-old was so tired she suffered terrifying dizzy spells and felt like a “zombie”.
She was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of an abusive relationship.
The mum turned to hypnotherapy – which uses hypnosis – which she says helped her deal with her trauma.
And since giving birth to Archie, she has been able to sleep when her baby goes down for a nap, enabling her to rest.
Angel, of Coventry, said: "It was torture. For almost two years I was walking around like a zombie.
"I could barely even make a cup of tea without needing to sit down because I felt dizzy and faint.
"Even though I was exhausted I couldn't sleep because I just had the nightmares and would wake up crying."
She says her sleeping problems started when she was in an abusive relationship.
Although they split, she claims her “dreams were haunted” by it.
She said: “The dark experiences came back to me at night and I just couldn't sleep. I was exhausted but never able to rest.
"Even when I did manage to drift off I was still going through the trauma in my dreams. I couldn't escape even when I was asleep."
Since having two two-hour hypnotherapy sessions last August, she claims her sleeping pattern has been restored.
Angel gave birth to 8lbs 5oz Archie in November and despite the challenges of caring for a new baby, she was still able to sleep more than she had before.
She said: "Not many new mums can say they get more sleep after their baby is born but I can.
"I've really noticed a massive difference in the way I feel and I don't even mind being woken up by the baby.
"I've got so much more energy and don't feel like a zombie any more."
Davie Kilmurry, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist, said Angel booked into the practice "withdrawn and desperate for sleep".
But with a "combination of mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy" she regained control of her sleep patterns.
He added: "Coupled with the clinical hypnosis the results are always good.
"I am honoured to have helped her to achieve sound sleep."