Live Discussion with Dr Simon Kyle - 30th January

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Posted 25 Jan 2013 at 10:07 AM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    hi RAGAV – it is still early days on the course, and there are helpful strategies to come in the next few session to help with sleep-onset problems. so stick with RAGAV!

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    No not at all, but in those days I tried everything.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Thanks Dr Kyle. I've always been prone to regular spontaneous awakenings (4.44 was one fave time), so I guess it will pass with time as I become more able to sleep again afterwards…

  • Sleepio Member

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    Nytol Valerian acupuncture – you name it!!

  • Sleepio Member

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    Indeed and may I add hop pillow, lavender, CD'S with alpha waves and beta waves, acupressure, all of it making a fortune for companies peddling their wares to the gullible insomniac who is so desperate will try snake oil.

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    valkaye and bryan1939 – please tell me there's light at the end of the tunnel.

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    hi Willow9 – if there is a circadian feature then often they might. But light therapy may also be used in conjunction with melatonin or on it's own. The important thing with chronotherapies is that they are timed appropriately, your GP should inform. However, it may be that SR when you've tried it for a few weeks can also help stabilise your sleep into block that suits your preferred timing.

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    Thank you I'll go back to my GP. You mentioned meal times, could be elaborate please?

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    Yes there is. Even after just a few weeks my sleep is greatly improved. still a bit fragile but generally so much better. And also there is a great deal of research showing how effective these techniques are, so there is every reason to expect things will get better for you too. But it isn't easy – especially sleep restriction – and it does need to be done systematically.

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    Got to go – good discussion, thanks Dr Kyle!

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    Yes there is. I started Sept last year three to four sleep for three years. 4 MONTHS ON 7-8 HRS SLEEP EVERY NIGHT YOU WILL GET THERE.

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    Hi Dr Kyle, I am still waiting for your reply.

    Thanks

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    hi willow9, regularty of light, meal times and social activity, physical activity can all feedback onto our body clock and help stabilise its timing. that's why less variability in these parameters, then the better.

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    7-8 hours – that's terrific improvement bryan1939

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    Thank you for that

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    Thanks for your reply. Yes I am on 3rd week. Thanks

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    hi RAGAV – the racing mind is very common in poor sleepers. behavioural techniques to come in future sessions combined with cognitive techniques, will quieten down the mind at sleep-onset and help you fall asleep. you will reach these sessions soon.

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    that's us for tonight folks. Thanks for joining. Good sleeping and speak soon.

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    good night all – sleep well!

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    Thanks Dr Kyle – I'm sorry I wasn't able to be there this evening at 7pm. I'm not sure about needing less sleep, although i do appreciate that is so with older people. I would like to go to bed earlier than 12.15am not later. I am not a night person and hate how very quiet the city (and therefore my street) is in the early hours. When I do wake at 6am plus I can't wait to get back to sleep…no desire whatsoever to get out of bed and still very tired. Maybe it will be different in summer? I feel I want to free wheel it and jut go to bed when I feel I want to and not put the alarm on but I do realise you want us to go to bed and wake at the same time each day….what a dilemma!!

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