Live discussion with Dr Vicki Creanor - 17th December

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Posted 12 Dec 2014 at 9:55 AM
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    Hi Gigi1!

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    Hello.

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    Hi Gigi1 I'll come to your post just now seeing as you're on live tonight and probably waiting for your answer! As you will have seen in my last post, I don't specialise in the biological/medical side of sleep medicine – more the psychological side of it, so again, I'm afraid I'm not the best person to answer this question. I wish I could, however I am not qualified medically. Again, I would speak to the consultant at the sleep clinic as it sounds as if they are medically trained? Sorry I can't be of more help, Gigi1. Thanks for your post.

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    Yes,I am here.

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    Yes,I am here.

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    Thank you. Yes, they're medically trained (neuroogists). One other question then…! I am getting 7 hours sleep a night but am exhausted and know I need more sleep. How many hours should we be aiming for? 8? 9? How many hours is classed as too much sleep?

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    HI Zonkedmummy – thanks for your post. Your name says it all! It is very tiring having a young baby in the house as your sleep is no longer determined by you.

    I am curious…did you have sleep problems before pregnancy or did they start in pregnancy/after birth?

    As for improving the getting to sleep, there are several Sleepio techniques which may help. There is the avoidance of naps during the day, making sure you get a good winding down routine (if baby makes this possible) and putting the day to rest. Have you tried these yet at all? trying to recall where they come in the Sleepio programme.

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    Ah perfect – I would ask them your previous question as they will know the facts around it. As for how much sleep we SHOULD have, everyone is different. SOme people say aim for the magic 8 hours, but it varies so much from person to person that this may not be accurate. We also need more/less sleep at different times in our lives, so it varies within one person's life too. We also know that, as people age, they need less sleep, but that health conditions can play a part in whether this is true or not for the person. What matters is how you FEEL after a night's sleep. You will know yourself if you are getting enough based on how refreshed you feel upon wakening and during the daytime. I know you were probably wanting a figure, but I hope this makes sense?

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    HI there Fiona45 – welcome to the session

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    Hi Pinky thanks for your post. Oh dear – lots of medical questions tonight so I apologise that I cannot answer them fully, but what I do know about medications in general is that some people find they do help stabilise sleep to enable them to benefit from psychological interventions such as Sleepio.Others, however, do worry about being able to then wean off the medications after they've been working for a while. So, it's really a personal choice. Most GPs will be happy to discuss this in depth with you if it's a concern.

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    Yes, it makes sense! I suppose I am just waiting for the day when I wake up and actually feel refreshed! Thank you….

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    Hi machado3 thanks for your question. That's great you can fall asleep much better now.

    I'm curious to understand your difficulty a little more – do you know what is preventing you from going back to bed or is it that when you go back to bed, you find it hard to fall asleep again? Hopefully you're on live tonight so we can help you problem solve this one.

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    It is worth keeping a diary too, Gigi1, as some mornings you will feel better, others worse – using a diary you can track any lifestyle/hormonal/environmental/social variances and see if you can change things around to help you feel more refreshed more often.

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    Hi gin-gin, nice to hear from you again. I'm really pleased to hear your mood's improved. With medication, there is usually a choice as to whether you take it or not, despite professionals' advice. However….these professionals seem to know you very well and seem to have had a lot of input with you, as you've mentioned before. Therefore, they are in a much stronger position than myself in suggesting what they think is best for your health. Your treatment is always up for discussion with professionals as it's you who has to have the treatment, however their advice will be given on the best knowledge of your health, so, in my opinion, they are the best people to discuss this with.

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    Hi 2springers – thanks for your question. You explain your dilemma well – it seems as though you buy into the theory that clock-watching can increase anxiety, however your curiosity gets the better of you at times! What I would recommend is to look at how the behaviour of clock-watching affects you personally in terms of creating anxiety. Does it keep you awake wondering what the time is and how well you're doing? You already know it makes you anxious at times, depending on what the clock reads. What carries the most impact on not being able to get back to sleep – checking, or not checking and wondering what the time is? I would usually recommend not looking at it at all, purely as it usually raises anxiety. However, we need to look at you individually. The other thins I would say is that, if you get into the habit of not looking at it at all, at any time, you will likely find this becomes your new habit and you lose the temptation to peek. Moving the clock outside the room may help too, especially if you are cosy in bed and don't want to get up to check the time!

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    2springers, I meant to also say well done for all the improvements you've made – really great to hear that.

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    Hi Liz,
    Thanks so much for your in-depth post. Gosh, what a horrible, scary thing to have gone through. I can only imagine how terrifying that was for you and your family. There are some elements of what you are saying that do sound like behaviour/cognitions influenced by trauma, yes, however it is important to conduct a full psychological assessment in order to diagnose a condition such as PTSD. It may be that your family doctor can refer you to see a psychologist to look at everything in detail and help you decide whether PTSD is something that is going on for you. If so, they would be able to provide treatment for this. Sleep can definitely be affected by PTSD though and often is.
    I hope this helps?

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    anybody have another question?

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    we have 15 mins remaining of the discussion tonight – any burning questions?

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    Thanks for the questions tonight everyone – speak to you all again soon.

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