Live discussion with Dr Vicki Creanor - 26th September 2018

Dr Creanor will be hosting a live online discussion here on Wednesday 26th September, from 8:15 to 9:45pm British Time or 3:15 to 5:45pm US Eastern Time.

She will discuss as many topics as possible in the hour and a half and, as always, you are welcome to ask any questions at all about sleep or the Sleepio program.

Please do note that, as per our guidelines, Dr Creanor will not be able to give personal medical advice, including that concerning medication. Her replies to questions will be made in such a way as to help as many people as possible who might have similar issues. If there are a lot of questions, she may not be able to answer all in the time available, but will try to answer as many as she can.

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Posted 20 Sep 2018 at 9:38 PM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    Hi there and welcome to the live Sleepio session.

    As a clinical psychologist who specialises in sleep problems, I will answer any questions about sleep or the programme itself, however medical questions should always be directed to a medical professional.

    So if you have any questions, please get in touch over the next 90 mins…

  • Sleepio Member

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    Do you recommend listening to spa music or the sound of water (oceans, streams, rain) to assist with relaxation. My concern is if I will always need that trigger to begin the relaxation process before going to sleep. What are your thoughts?

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hi there,
    This is a personal choice and as you highlight, there are pros and cons to using aids like this. These types of sounds are helpful to many people because they are background-type noise – smooth and little variation – and can often help people when played throughout the night to drown out unpredictable environmental noises. The drawback, as you highlight, can be that they may not always be available to you. It depends whether a person plans to be consistent with everything else in their sleep environment and can have this as a constant – even until sleep starts to get back on track and relaxation is not needed as much.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hello,

    While listening to the Professor in Sleepio – Session 1, there was a “Progressive Relaxation' exercise that was demoed. The narrator said the exercise could be accessed on the site but I did not find it. It was a series of tensing and relaxing different parts of the body. Can you direct me to this exercise on the site, or recommend more than 1 relaxation (before closing your eyes in bed) technique?

    Thank you very much,
    Tillyy

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    Sorry, I checked the Sleepio site again and found 'Progressive Relaxation' links. Can you recommend a resource for additional exercises?

    Thank you again,
    Tillyy

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hi – have you tried searching for it in the search tab? I will have a wee look just now seeing as it seems very quiet this evening. If I don't find it, I'll give you an email address of the support team who will be able to help…

  • Sleepio Member

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    Ah good glad you got it…sorry didnt see your message until I refreshed the page there…

  • Sleepio Member

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    Unfortunately I can't name other recommended resources but what I would say is that there are many relaxation apps out there now and online resources that if you find one that works for you, it is OK to use a combination of them. The main goal is to feel relaxed so sometimes it's trial and error re what works for whom. Some resources that relax some people will irritate others! So it's about seeing what ones you prefer personally and incorporating these into your life when you can.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Thank you ever so much Dr. Creanor!

    Your responses have been extremely helpful. I'm so glad this program was offered to the company I work for and that I decided to finally seek help regarding my sleep disorder. What bothers me most is a busy mind (thoughts, worries, concerns) and I think the inability to fully relax. This programs have lots of resources and tools to address this issue. I'm hopeful and optimistic that I will eventually get the 8 hours of sleep I seek. Thank you for answering my questions.

    Kindest Regards,
    Tillyy

  • Sleepio Member

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    You're very welcome – glad you have found the programme helpful. It's great to hear such positive feedback! All the best with the rest of the course…

  • Sleepio Member

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    Thank you!

  • Sleepio Member

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    That's all for tonight – see you again soon for another live Sleepio discussion session….

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