Live Discussion with Dr Audrey Espie - 28th August

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Posted 23 Aug 2012 at 4:29 PM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    Good evening ALochhead

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    Hi ALochhead, i dont know whether to congratulate you or not because it sounds as if you have no problem sleeping! Can you elaborate? Are you going to bed late and falling asleep immmediately with no wakenings or is the picture very different?

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    Sorry to repeat my question , not sure whether you missed it earlier so re-posting

    Dr Espie
    I seem to be waking almost the same time (4 am) nearly every day to the minute , any ideas why?

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    Hi andymoir, Sorry I don't enough about your situation – what do you think is going on?

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    well I do suffer with depression & take Sertraline, and am on medication for neuropathic leg pain, not sure whether I am waking because the pain killers are stopping working or not, however when I do wake up I stumble about like I am drunk because I am still half awake/sleep

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    Forgot to add I have OSA and use a CPAP during the night

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    Thank you for your reply Dr Audrey,
    I don't go to bed until I feel “sleepy” tired ,about 11pm and fall asleep about 10minutes later. If I can't sleep I get up immediately. I always wake up about 2am to go to the loo and fall asleep more or less immediately after. It's just in the morning I have difficulty keeping to the sleep restriction regime.

    Best Wishes

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    You mention being half asleep, do you always feel you need to rise?

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    Ok, well what I would suggest then is that you fill in sleep logs for the next few weeks and review your sleep requirements because it sounds as if you are managing really well otherwise – do you think that 15 minutes is enough of an additional period to make you feel more refreshed or do you think you would keep resetting the alarm if you could?

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    I would definitely keep re-setting the alarm

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    In that case I would suggest that you complete your diaries again and review your requirements. Hope this is helpful.

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    yes always, mostly due to a dry mouth and need something to drink, however I think it's better I get up rather than disturb my partner, however what is strange it's almost to the minute every day, like I have an internal alarm clock going off

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    Perhaps you do!

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    Many thanks for your help.

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    i will take the batteries out then!!

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    At least you can laugh about it, thats important!

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    Goodnight everyone, hope thats been a helpful session.

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    night all time for prep for bed and wind down, thanks for the answer Dr Espie

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    Some of your answers on the 28th were far from helpful, it may help you understand this if you revisit the questions and some of your answers.

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    Here is a note I wrote to Rosie about my concerns. I’ve been considering how to get the best from our experts during the discussions. We’ve been commenting on various questions at various times between ourselves that we either don’t understand or the comment has been too brief to really grasp the answer for us laymen and women.

    I reckon we have to keep at our experts if we don’t understand their first answer. But to give them a chance to really consider our questions I need to ask them earlier than during the discussion. Do you think that might help?

    You wisely post the next session well in advance. Do you know if our experts have a chance to look at it before hand? Sometimes I’d love just to know where to go to read more and that information is unlikely to be to hand when the sessions is actually on.

    How best to maximize our experts and their valuable time? And how they can get the best out of us?

    Maybe we need to be ready with supplementary questions when we write our first question days before the beginning of the session and being really specific about what we need to know? Although sometimes I don't know what it is I don't know, if that makes sense.

    And maybe we should only discuss what has been asked in advance? That would give a better chance of things being discussed in detail I think.

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