Live Discussion with Dr Kirsty Horne - 12th June

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Posted 7 Jun 2013 at 1:02 PM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    I have tried listening to mindfulness techniques or an audio book and some podcasts. My eyes seem to sleepy to read. I do tend to feel very sleepy and sometimes nod off but then when I get back into bed I don't seem to be able to go to sleep and then get up again. To wind down before bed I watch some TV nothing stimulating and no news that usually works quite well on a good night. Last night I did begin to feel quite anxious and finally gave up and got back into bed. Not sure if I slept much then or not. Sometimes I can't seem to tell if I am asleep or not.

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    No questions tonight! Managing to sleep well most nights – still quite a novelty really!

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    Hi HarryBear it's really frustrating when you just can't seem to get to sleep. Have you got a lot on your mind at the moment?

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    It sounds like you are anxious about being awake and the possibility of not being able to get back to sleep quickly- which will make it more difficult to sleep. What about trying relaxation techniques (autogenic or progressive) also whilst doing the QHR?

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    Me too laureloakwood! I mean the novelty of sleeping. Even when I sleep less well it's maybe six hours not four and the quality has improved overall too. It was a holiday in Greece that sorted me out – tho I think the Sleepio groundwork allowed that to happen!!

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    great to hear laureloakwood! feel free to share what worked best for you with the others

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    Good to hear another success story! :-)

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    great to hear Polly Sleep- it would be good if the course included a trip to Greece at the end! I wonder if just being away from work/ normal schedule helped reduce some of the pressure to sleep and helped you give up concern about being awake through the night?

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    I think what worked best was letting all that sleep pressure build up until I couldn't stay awake any longer!! It was really hard at the start but so worth it now

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    I hope that's reassuring for others who are struggling with this stage of the programme just now- stick with it everyone- it works!! (short-term pain for long-term gain)

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    I do still recognise the need for care about relaxation before bed, not just going to bed and getting up any old time, using my relaxation recordings when needed, and being pro-active when sleep isn't coming… but generally I have returned to my old ability to sleep mostly pretty well – tho I am a light sleeper and always wake during the night at least once and never expect to change that. I have taken to eye mask and earplugs every night and this helps especially on these early light mornings

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    Thanks for sharing Polly Sleep

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    yes somehow in Greece I was able to let go and really deeply relax, and sleep followed… after a patchy first night I never looked back :-)

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    ear plugs are great, but I prefer blackout lining to my curtains and a daylight alarm clock to wake up gently

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    sounds lovely and relaxing! possibly helped break the cycle

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    I ffoundthat I needed to use the tools for a few months, slowly dropping them and keeping going with the indispensable ones_

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    Definitley – a sense of rebooting the sleep brain

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    Well that's us for tonight everyone. Thanks again for joining and sleep well! Nice to hear some success stories also, thanks for sharing!

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    Goodnight everyone, sleep well xx

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    Guess you are going now Dr Horne, thank you for your help.

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