Ask the sleep expert

Hi everyone!

We're launching something new and we'd love you all to join in.

Each fortnight we'll be opening Sleepio's doors and inviting not only the whole Community but the outside world as well to challenge the Sleepio experts to answer your burning sleep questions! Anyone and everyone can pose a question about any area of sleep (from long-term problems to getting the most out of sleep) and one of our resident sleep experts will answer a selection on video, based on the latest research.

Prof Espie has added a video on our Youtube channel explaining further which you can see here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/SleepioTV

We'd really appreciate the Community's input and any help you could give us in getting this new idea off the ground! So, to take part, you'll need to post your questions on our YouTube channel , on the Sleepio Facebook page or tweet @Sleepio, including the hashtag #sleepexpert in your question.
e.g. “Is there any evidence for the clock change having a negative impact on sleep? #sleepexpert”

Thank you in advance and we very much look forward to trying to answer your questions!

Posted 19 Mar 2012 at 12:19 PM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    Last year I read the Sleep book by guy meadows and now, whilst awake in bed, I can be very relaxed and feel rested despite being awake. I am a postwoman and walk approx 12 miles per day, 5 days per week and feel anxious about reducing my time in bed. Sometimes my mind flits about over my life but quite often I accept the thoughts and remain relaxed. First night of a really late bedtime before a working day. Eeeek, I'm scared.

  • Sleepio Member

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    I find Fitbit does that for me too. I have got up to go to the loo and been recorded as restless rather than awake and been awake for ages, but lying still and relaxed which records as restless?!

  • Sleepio Member

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    I think it must depend on movement. When I hover over the awake spikes, on the Fitbit Dashboard it is so short it doesn`t register a time. I have an achy back/hip and think the effort I use to move at the moment is such, it records as me being awake. I have decided to use it as a guide only. K

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hi Salsify, you will be fine. We have been there and lived to tell the tale! Just follow the The Profs instructions, use all the tools you have available and you will start to feel the benefit. It can be hard but stick with it. Good luck. K

  • Sleepio Member

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    It was only my first night of restricted sleep and the sleep I got feels as though it was much better quality – feel better today than I have for ages. :) will definitely stick with it. Thank you.

  • Sleepio Member

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    It actually went well. Felt more rested today but still woke up way before the alarm. Is it better to get more sleep before midnight? I could get up earlier then and make more productive use of my time, rather than waiting to go to bed.

    Some of you are having a much worse time of it, I feel for you all.

  • Sleepio Member

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    I have that feeling too. I think I have been awake, but when I look at the clock an hour or more has passed.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Can some one please advise me ? I am starting sleep restriction tonight and just wanted to know do I get up at the end of my sleep window even if I don't sleep for the time in my sleep window ?
    Thank you

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hi. I'm interested in any research on the relationship between whiplash injury and insomnia.
    Thank you.

  • Sleepio Member

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    I've recorded 5 weeks of sleep and listened to 6 presentations. At some point does this program address sleeping meds? I've been to 5 board certified sleep specialists and all 5 have told me my insomnia is genetic. They also tell me that my body clears drugs, toxins, etc very quickly (spit test). I take meds 3-4 times a night to get one night's sleep… and I take 6 different prescriptions. I'd really like to get off or reduce this stuff, but I've been taking meds for 15+ years now.

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    Since the latest update, my app crashes and won't open again unless I delete, then reinstall. Then I happens again. Anybody else having this problem? Thanks

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hi I could really do with some advice. Im about the start week 5, but Ihave hit a few problems.
    At the start of week 4, for the first few days I was on such a role, doing really well. I hadn't found week 3 too bad and my SE was high.
    But then I started to get a few doubts about getting off to sleep. That evening a family member woke me as they coulnt get into the house. They have woken me before , and once when I was on a +9timechange..This family member is lovely and kind and normally so thoughtful. But the next morning had a go at me about a few domectic issues. Im now feeling so let down and angry, which is unusual for me. I cant switch off at all. I will have a rational conversation with her. But I now feel so out ouf control with my sleep I took a sleeping tablet pill which I hate doing. Im due to see the prof today to start week 5, but might delay it. Any advice would be really nice. Thank you so much.

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  • Sleepio Member

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    I've just realised that this (Ask the sleep expert) is a very old topic that has somehow opened again recently so I'm not sure that any of the more recent posts will be seen by an expert. I think it has been replaced by the weekly sessions – but I may well be wrong.

  • Sleepio Member

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    I have been struggling with insomnia for the last 8 months and have been with sleepio for the last 4 months. My issue seems to be that no matter how little sleep I get I'm not sleepy, exhausted but not sleepy. I have to work very hard to get sleepy in the evening so that I can fall asleep. Why is this happening and does anyone else have this issue?

  • Sleepio Member

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    Thank CJ. I think youre right. Im normally a positive person, I guess. Im just desparate for this towork. My apologise Im using my daughters old computer which keep jumping and is very old tech. I really appreciate your advice.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hello Weathers Good advice from CJ. We have all gone through ups and downs with Sleepio. Elation when you get a decent sleep only to be dashed down again by a early awakenings or not sleeping till dawn the next night. Try not to dwell on the bad nights. Put them out of your mind and move one. TAke one day at a time. Think of any night when the programme did seem to be working for you, tell yourself 'I know I can do it' because it worked then and try to build on that.

    We are all desperate for Sleepio to work. It is the ' last chance saloon' for many of us so you are not alone in your spells of despaeration amd despair. Remember, though, that many others who have been in the same bad place have managed to achieve improved sleep. Maybe not the 8 hours unbroken sleep as soon as our head hits the pillow that most of us yearn for, but better than we were getting before. So you will get there in the end if you persevere.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hello, I am on my first week of the sleep diary. My dr recommended that I take melatonin at night for sleep. Is it correct that I should continue using the melatonin while keeping a sleep diary or should I stop to get a more accurate record?

  • Sleepio Member

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    I still feel anxious about falling alseep. I mediate before going to bed, but as soon as Im in bed, my heart races. I do breathing techniques , which help….any other advice from anyone who has conquered this please.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hi Weathers – it is so annoying isn't it, the thumping heart?! At present mine has been behaving itself – the meditation is really working for me, and I also do a 'sit' meditation where I am focusing on my breath.

    The only other thing that I can suggest from my own experience is using the Pro-Relax and / or the Paradoxical thinking (trying to stay awake!). Both of these have helped me up to a point. I did/do eventually manage to calm down, but it can be a struggle!

  • Sleepio Member

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    Cheers again, it's great getting tips from fellow Sleepios. Will be more vigilant with the meditation and remember the paradoxical thinking, as that did help. I guess St about lining all your sleepy ducks before you fall int bed! Thank you

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