Live discussion with Dr Vicki Creanor - 8th August 2018

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

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Posted 2 Aug 2018 at 10:56 AM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    Hi, Is this where there is the discussion with Dr Vicki Creanor?

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hi, I must be on wrong page for discussion with Dr Vicki Creanor? Can anyone advise?

  • Sleepio Member

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    Oh excuse me I even have the wrong day :-)

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hello Dr Creanor,

    Sleepio is helpful to me. Thanks for that.

    I like now to leave the earplugs. It feels uncomfortable and there’s maybe a link with tinnitus.

    Do you have experience with people quitting earplugs and try to become less sensitive to noise?

    I’m quite noise sensitive. Even with earplugs, a dog barking next to my house normally wakes me up in the early morning.

    I tried to sleep without earplugs and with a fan for two nights but it affected my sleep considerately.

    Should I go on nevertheless in order to get used to it?

    Thanks

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hello Dr. Creanor,

    What would you advise to combat an active mind even despite having read , repeating 'the' no longer works as my 'great' mind! decides to think about other issues while performing this excercise.

    Once again I remained awake with an active mind last night for over an hour before I finally went back to sleep.

  • Sleepio Member

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    What no forum this week?

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hi all I'm so sorry I didn't make the live session last night. Please post any posts here until next week's session and I will answer them throughout the week. Alternatively please post them to my session next Wednesday. Apologies again.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hi there. Apologies again for the late reply. So there are a couple things you could do here. Some people can have white noise playing in the background at night which blocks out external noises that are more unpredictable, like dogs barking. The fan can be classed as white noise however it also comes with a physical environmental change which may have had a negative impact.

    Alternatively, some people record the noises that wake them up and play them throughout the day so that their brains do not attend to them as much throughout the night.

    A couple of options to think about…

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    Hi there- apologies again about last night. So this is a common problem for those who find it hard to fall asleep at the start of the night or during the night after wakenings. What I would suggest is to set aside 30 mins during the day (not close to bedtime) and note down the worries you have been having at night. You can then later go through them to problem solve potential solutions, however often the simple act of noting these down on paper is enough to lessen the intensity of the thoughts popping into our heads at night.

    Another thing I would say is to remember to implement the quarter hour rule when this occurs so that you don't lie awake in bed too long without getting up.

    Hope that helps?

  • Sleepio Member

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    Thanks Dr Creanor.

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    Thank you Dr. Creanor.

    I would in the past ten years + tend to get out of bed and watch TV . However, the longer this insomnia has prevailed I have of recent times not been inclined get out bed at night.

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    Also with regards to noting down they would tend to be any number of things that particular night alone not the same thing every night. Things pop in to my mind and cannot seem to switch off!

  • Sleepio Member

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    What some people also find helpful here is to keep a notepad at their bedside and note down the random thoughts that spring into their heads there and then…this can help promote sleep as it feels as if they have been dealt with now they are on paper. Hope this helps…

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