Live discussion with Dr Kirsty Horne - 18th September

Dr Horne will be hosting a live online discussion here on Wednesday 18th September 7pm-8pm (BST).

She will discuss as many topics as possible in the hour, starting with the most popular questions with answers being given in a way to give the most benefit to the general Community.

Posted 13 Sep 2013 at 9:07 AM
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    O.K Will do. Thanks for your help

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    Session 3

    Good luck with that and we can speak in a few weeks then.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Is the session still going?

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    Hi Juliehurj, welcome to Sleepio. I’m sorry to hear you have been struggling with chronic pain and insomnia- I can understand why you are feeling under increased pressure having just returned to work after a period of absence. Over the coming weeks you will learn other strategies to help you relax both during the day and prior to bed time. For example, you will learn how to use autogenic relaxation, mindfulness techniques, ways of challenging negative thinking and other techniques to wind down in the evening and help calm the racing mind. Try to tell yourself that you will cope at work even on a small amount of sleep- if you can tell yourself this at night it should help reduce some of the anxiety and help you to fall asleep.

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    Yes I think so. press F5 to refresh & see new comments

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    Good advice lonepine, safety is always more important. It's very wise to take regular breaks and stop for a nap if necessary when driving.

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    yes Lyn7, I'm here until 8pm

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    Hi Dr Horne…. I am on my 4th session but have not started SR yet as I feel it would be harsh on my body right now given I am recovering from a medical mishap with another med. Such notwithstanding, I started sleeping better during week 1 and 2 and I assume I should still continue the sessions 5 and 6 even though I'm not technically doing SR? I signed up for 12 weeks, during that time does Sleepio still track teh sleep diary etc? I'm still finding my way around the program and it can be a bit confusing but overall Sleepio is great.

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    This is my first week of sleep restriction, so i'm still waiting to see if it changes my pattern at all. Before, I was typically getting about 4.5 hours sleep per 7.5 hours spent in bed. Last night I had 4 hours sleep during my new 6 hour sleep window, so not too bad considering the reduced time in bed.

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    Regarding the comments at the start about sex. Even though it's time in bed, surely if you are not trying to sleep it doesn't count. So it should not be recorded as “time in bed”?

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    Hi Lyn7, I’m glad you are finding Sleepio worthwhile overall and sleeping better already, despite it being a bit confusing at times. I think you have made a wise decision to postpone SR if you are recovering from ill-health. I think I will ask one of the technical people to contact you to offer some advice on the best way to proceed and to explain how the programme works with tracking your sleep etc. I hope this is ok and I hope you continue to feel the benefits of improved sleep.

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    That sounds promising BeccaR. It sounds like you had a low sleep efficiency prior to starting SR and this is already starting to improve. Hopefully SR will help build sleep pressure and help you develop a stronger bed sleep connection and a more consolidated sleep.

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    Thanks for your time!

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    Thank you Dr Horne, I would greatly appreciate that info. If my sleep falls off the rails I will then implement the SR as I think I have a good understanding of it now. It's still a work in progress but much better. It struck me as a bit ironical that as soon as I signed up for Sleepio….my sleep began to improve over week 1 and 2! :-) I have to say that the info on the forum is very helpful and so are the memebers, and it's great to have live sessions with you and other specialists.

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    Hi daniellewardle, I see what you mean. However, I would advise recording it as time awake in bed, as if someone is awake in bed for lengthy periods, their sleep efficiency will be low and they will be less likely to associate bed with sleep.

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    O.K thank you

  • Sleepio Member

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    I'm really pleased to hear you are finding it helpful! I think the support members give each other is invaluable.

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    Thanks for joining the session tonight everyone and sleep well! Goodnight.

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    Thanks everyone. Sleep well

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    Good night Dr Horne and everyone else, sweet dreams!

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