Live discussion with Dr Vicki Creanor - 8th October

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Posted 2 Oct 2014 at 3:24 PM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    Hi Bernard – looks like anniem gave you this advice already, but I would agree – if you send an email to hello@sleepio.com, the technical team will help you with that. Hope you manage to sort it out and all the best with the course.

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    Hi sotiredtoo, thanks for your question. I'm afraid medication isn't the area I am trained in so I can't answer this, but please contact your doctor to ask them as they may be able to help you.

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    Hi FredK thanks for your question. From what you said in your post, I'm curious about the fact you sleep longer at weekends. I am wondering if you sleep longer than the suggested sleep window at weekends? If so, this may be where you are holding back on improving the sleep efficiency. In the programme, it's recommended that you sleep the same length of time (sleep window) during the week and weekends…even on vacation…so your body builds up a pattern of good, solid sleep. I wonder if this has something to do with it if you vary how long you sleep for depending on the day?

  • Sleepio Member

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    It's very quiet here tonight/today…anyone have any other questions?

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hi Dr. Vicki,
    Thanks for your response. Just as a note of clarification, I avoid caffeine as much as I can but sometimes it seems if I order a decaf in a restaurant, I'm given one with caffeine because I stay awake. I can't think of any other reason for my reaction. The cold medicine I took didn't have caffeine so perhaps I'm sensitive to the ingredients. Using thought tools doesn't help in these cases. My brain is simply “awake”. I'll start to monitor to see if there's a pattern to these wakeful nights in relation to my intake.
    Thanks, anniem

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    Hi anniem thanks for the clarification on that. Yes I would say the starting point is to monitor for any differences in these types of wakefulness. It could be that there is a difference in types of food/drink, changes in physical activity or something else. The best place to start is monitoring for a pattern then we can look at how to change what is affecting it. It's great you already see a difference between two types though as that will help the process.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Thanks. Since it's quiet here, I'm composing another question for you.

  • Sleepio Member

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    excellent look forward to seeing it…

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hi,
    Just wondering what does the sleep research indicate about just how good someone's sleep can become using CBT-I? I realize “how good” depends of the user's definition and also that many factors would influence this, such as how long one has had sleep issues for, etc. However, is it possible for CBT-I to result in good quality sleep that has only minor interruptions? Or does an insomniac have to settle for sleep that is just not as good as they would like and that person will always have to pay attention to their sleep behaviour?
    anniem

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    Good question. There is lots of reliable and credible evidence to suggest that it is very effective in getting people's sleep back on track. In fact, the reason why Sleepio base the programme on CBT is because it is deemed to be the gold standard in treatment of insomnia. You are right though, many factors make people's journeys to recover unique, so it's varied, as you would expect. I have worked with people in the clinic and on here in the community whose sleep has improved greatly so I find it to be highly effective. The effectiveness of the end result also relies on people sticking strictly to the techniques when they have blips, but I believe your sleep can recover with CBT – if you put the work in. CBT is very active as a treatment, meaning it takes work. But I reckon it's well worth it.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Okay thanks for that answer. So, no one else here it seems?

  • Sleepio Member

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    I don't think so! Maybe it's wind down time…

  • Sleepio Member

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    Okay I think so. Thanks for your help and have a good evening, at least what remains of it. I assume you're in the UK.
    anniem

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    if there's anything else you think of, let me know – you have my full attention!

  • Sleepio Member

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    I wish there was! No all is good. I think my sleep is as good as it's going to get, unless of course I really knuckle down and shorten my SW again and include QHR. When you've been through the course once and shortened one's SW a few times already due to blips, the will just isn't there LOL, knowing how awful it can be. But I do know what to do to help my sleep become even better. I jsut wish it would magically be wonderful, like when I was a teen and could sleep until noon!
    anniem

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    The thing is, you know what to do and that's great to have these techniques in place and under your belt…

  • Sleepio Member

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    Yes you're absolutely right. A much better position to be in than 18 months ago!
    Okay that's it for me. So thanks again!
    anniem

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    Nice to talk to you tonight – thanks for keeping me company!

  • Sleepio Member

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    You're welcome!

  • Sleepio Member

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    Ok that's us for tonight – see you next time.

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