Live Discussion with Dr Vicki Creanor - 27th February

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Posted 21 Feb 2013 at 3:36 PM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    Thanks laureloakwood,

    Yes, I stick to my window even at weekends. Getting up at regularly at 7 was something I found very hard to do pre Sleepio and I don't want to fall into bad habits again. I don't know how long I'll be able to keep it up though as sometimes I really feel like just switching off the alarm, closing my eyes again and forgeting I'd even heard of Sleepio!

  • Sleepio Member

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    Thank you for that, I intend to follow it up but don't expect to understand genetics!

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    Hi grumpy imp,

    It's interesting that you feel a slump in the middle of the day. This is very common and most people find that this happens to them. In fact, it is due to our natural sleep rhythms. In some countries, this is when they take a siesta! Unfortunately most of our bosses wouldn't allow this here…

    Yes you could try caffeine or certain activities around these times to see if it would help. It is definitely wise to cut out caffeine close to bed time, though, but ok to use it at other times, just not in excess.

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    Hello Dream on,

    Did you read the article yesterday on the BBC news site on poor sleep and its effects on the body?

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    Hi ellenmarie,

    It is true that sleep problems can have a negative impact on health in general, but as for fertility I am not aware of the research around this. It may be worth speaking to the IVF professionals as it is likely some of them will be aware of the research in this area. Good luck with the treatment.

  • Sleepio Member

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    It is that the early morning seems such an attractive time, fresh and more birds singing. I would get more daylight. Also the sun disappears behind trees from my garden about 4.00pm. So more vitamin D. I would want to go to bed earlier, instead of post midnight.
    And I would want to get up!

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hello Dr Creanor, I've just finished lesson 3. I'm wondering why is reading so bad, i.e. not passive, to do as part of the wind-down routine? I have regularly read before turning out my light and find it helps me to relax. If I were to watch TV, as is one of the suggested relaxation activities, what about the effects of staring at a bright screen? I thought that was supposed to interfere with normal sleep. In fact, the past 2 weeks, I have avoided watching any TV for at least an hour and a half before bed, thinking I was dong a good thing!

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    Thanks Dr Creanor,

    I've heard that drinking a coffee before a 20 minute power nap can be very beneficial so I might give that a go. I've been avoiding napping since starting Sleepio, not that I used to do it much as I'd heard it was bad for nightly sleep.

    I'm not ready to throw the towel in on CBT/Sleepio just yet but it is so hard not to feel negative.

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    Ah I see! Well I suppose with summer coming in, even if you are a night owl, you will be able to see the sun rising eventually in mid summer once you've stayed up til the wee hours! Vitamin d is an issue in darker countries…in fact many people take supplements now for that very reason. Once your sleep ison track, you could experiment with shifting your sleep window, but be careful not to mess up a good pattern after all the hard work.

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    It is hard having to get up early on the weekends, but it won't hurt to allow yourself a bit of a lie-in once in a while!
    It is all about your own well-being after all & if you feel you really need a little bending of the rules occasionally, then it is your choice.

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    Sleep tight everyone!

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    I think you're being very honest. Working on your sleep is a long, very difficult process. The community here may help to build your confidence up and stay positive about the benefits that will come with time.

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    Well thanks for your company tonight everyone…and for your questions. Even though it was quiet, there were lots of good ones. See you next time, sleep well!

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    Goodnight everyone, sleep well! xx

    Goodnight Dr Creanor, thank you,

  • Sleepio Member

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    Thanks again Dr Creanor and Laureloakwood,

    Night night everyone!

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    Bryan, there is now an NHS programme running in localities where by CBT is being made more avilable. I know this because I got a referral for panic attacks. I had to wait about 3 months but had an earlier 2 appointments with a psychologist for diagnosis for CBT suitability. I'm very impressed. When I find the name of the programme I will tell you.

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    No. I will look it up though Grumpy. Thanks.

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    I find the tremendous variability difficult… some nights of good sleep then another night when I don't seem to be tired at all and get little sleep… any thoughts?

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    I am just completing week 3, saw my sleep doc yesterday. The prof has me on a down at midnight, up at 6 regimen. I have been off any sleep aids since starting the program. I am not waking with refreshing sleep in spite of having some nights at 70% sleep efficiency. I still enter “poor” on my rating even though sleep efficiency is up. What am I to understand here that i am not? Thx for the advice….

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    Thanks Dream on. Did not get back from my run until late so did not log on. Guess you have to be online to have your questions asked.

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