Live Discussion with Dr Simon Kyle - 9th January

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Posted 7 Jan 2013 at 12:55 PM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    these are good points Dream On and TopDowner. I will pass the request onto the team. have you tried thought blocking techniques, TopDowner? You will learn of new strategies in the next couple of sessions that can assist with the racing mind.

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    I meant above 90% sleep efficiency of course!

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    Sorry got to run folks my football is on…....enjoy the live session folks and thank you Dr Kyle.

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    Hi JackieC. thanks for the comments. It sounds like you have made some great progress (sleeping right through). sleeping in one day and then up early the next means that the body clock is not receiving reliable light-dark signals each day, which may mean that your sleep quality and timing can become more variable – this is why a fixed schedule is very important. So a fixed schedule – alarms clocks, help from partner, may be important in the beginning. Also making sure that you are allowing enough time for you to sleep at night (not staying up too late on PC etc.and being exposed to light late on)

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    Hi! I am on week 3 and my first week of SR. My biggest problem is getting over to sleep. Usually I am ok once asleep and only waken briefly. It takes me over an hour to get to sleep. Should I move my times? Or force myself to get up at the scheduled time? What can I do to help with the getting over to sleep?
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    Ruth

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    great point about quantity and quality, Grump Imp: they're not necessarily the same thing.

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    Thanks Dr Kyle, I have recently purchased a light box so am going to set it to come on at the same time as my alarm, hopefully this might improve things.

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    When I read what the half life of a sleeping tablet meant, it put me off them for life.

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    Hi Grumpy Imp, best to fix a rise-time. Light in the morning at a reliable time is one of the most potent regulators of the body clock.

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    thanks, Ruth. It might be best to give it a go for a week, adhering to the schedule as much as possible; it can often take 1-2 weeks before benefits are observed. then you could review it after a week, which may mean a change to the position and length of the window (a reduction in time in bed).

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    Excellent. I wish I'd done that before but I was finding it so hard to stay up past 11pm. I haven't had much trouble staying up till 1.30am this week though so hopefully the SR will be more effective this time.

    Cheers

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    Just one last question if you've got time! It's been a busy hour.

    I know what deep sleep and REM sleep are for but what is the purpose of light sleep?

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    great Jackie do let us know how you get on. The light boxes can certainly be very good for some people, and particularly for those who feel more impacted by seasonal changes in light levels

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    Happy New year everyone!! Sorry I didn't make the session – I will next week!

    Sleep well xxxx

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    great question grumpy imp -stage 2 sleep often makes up 50% of our night! yet few people talk about this phase of sleep. recent work suggests that stage 2 sleep seems to be involved in memory consolidation and learning (possibly skill learning). Stage 1 is really a transitional state and the function(s) have not been elucidated

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    Thanks for joining tonight folks. sorry it was a bit rushed, lots of interesting questions tonight. have a good week and speak next time.

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    Interesting. My EEG sleep monitor says that I'm getting plenty of deep and REM sleep but the light phase is much lower than it could be because of all the frequent awakenings.

    Thanks

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    Hi Honeybuntzt. I have suffered from bruxism all my life. I still do but much less now. What made the biggest difference was when some years ago my dentist did a lot of work on my bite. Since then it has greatly improved. You can also get mouth guards I gather. Although stress made it worse over the years, I still had it when I wasn't stressed at all.

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    Hi Camarco – I see I missed your comment, so I'l quickly reply. Jet lag is very normal and can take usually a day per change in time-zone (so possibly a week, though that can can very person to person) until you fully synch with the new environment. fixed exposure to light in the morning, regular meal times, avoidance of napping, fixed rising time in the morning (like in SR) should all help you to get back on track.

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    Hi, I missed the session. I believe your idea is great i.e. to have a separate session re:sleeping pills. was there a respinse to your suggestion? thanks

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