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Anandi The Sleep Guru

Sleep is vital for repairing and rejuvenating every organ of the body, from skin to brain

With 10 million NHS prescriptions for sleep medication being handed out each year, and one in 10 of us on sleep medication*, there is no magic cure for insomnia, says Sleep Guru Anandi. Her new book Breathe Better, Sleep Better outlines the fact that there is no easy solution for insomnia but there are things that you can do to manage it.

Ayurvedic Sleep Consultant Anandi was an insomniac for nearly 15 years and tried everything from valerian to hypnosis and serotonin in an effort to get a good night’s sleep. It was only after discovering yoga, Ayurveda and in particular working with the breath that she began to see an improvement.

Breathe Better, Sleep Better is a combination of Anandi’s five years of experimentation with the breath. It is a holistic approach that works at unravelling the nervous system and bringing it back into balance. As a result, the body is able to slip back into its natural rhythm of sleep.

The exercises in the book not only address sleep problems, but will also balance your whole system which means better digestion, improved circulation and reduced stress and anxiety levels.

Many of the exercises can be fitted into day to day life and you can do them during the course of your day. Others are designed to take you out of your busy schedule and bring your body back into balance.

Ultimately the key, says Anandi, is a series of small but significant lifestyle changes which include delaying the temptation to immediately check your emails as soon as you wake up, simple dietary changes and becoming aware of and using the breath to connect you to a more peaceful state and nourish your nervous system.

Anandi cites people like Madonna, Tom Ford and Martha Stewart, who function on around four to five hours sleep per night. They seem to have created a cult out of not sleeping, but long term, it will lead to an array of health issues, potentially cancer and dementia… and, most certainly, wrinkles.

Sleep is vital for repairing and rejuvenating every organ of the body, from skin to brain, says Anandi, and it is as vital as water and food.


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*Source: Mental Health Foundation

We would be delighted to offer review copies of the book to journalists. For further information contact Tabitha Monkhouse at or 0333 344 2341 or Tina Fotherby at or 07703 409 622.

About the Author

Anandi’s journey started in the fitness industry in 1986. A born leader and teacher, she found herself teaching others throughout her career in fitness, beauty and wellness. She now lives between Salisbury, England, and Macerata, Italy, and runs workshop and retreats in Italy and London. “Anandi” is Alison Francis’ spiritual name given to her by her guru in India in 2007. Her professional credentials are:

• Ayurveda Practitioner, approved by the International Practitioners of Holistic Medicine
• Ayurvedic consultant (American Institute of Vedic Studies, David Frawley)
• Qualified NLP instructor and hypnotherapist (David Shephard, Performance Partnership)
• Chopra-certified Primordial Sound Meditation Instructor (Deepak Chopra)
• Registered Senior Yoga Teacher (Approved by The Yoga Alliance)
• Continued study of Pranayama with Yogi Vishvketu
• Mentee of the late Georg Feuerstein, and graduate of 800hrs of yoga history and philosophy (Georg Feuerstein, Traditional Yoga Studies)
• ‘Teaching the teacher’ internship in India at Anand Prakresh Ashram (Yogi Vishvketu)

Anandi’s first book is available for purchase and offers many practical tools to help detox different parts of the human body. For example detoxing the digestive system, calming the nervous system and stimulating the circulatory system. ‘Breathe Better, Sleep Better’ is available online or direct from her website.

Anandi has a blog where she explains different methods and techniques to cure insomnia. The blog includes a number of video demonstrations, written guides and advice to help with your development. Some blog posts include features on meditation, healthy eating and stress.

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