Sleep's connection to mental and physical wellbeing

Posted 6 Dec 2011 at 12:27 PM
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  • Sleepio Member

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    This program seems like it will be helpful.

    I would like this program to offer more professional advise to those taking sleep meds for years and would like to be “normal” and not take them anymore…..

    All this great advice almost doesn't apply to people who are on a medical carousel…..prescribed drugs. Every morning one has that “hangover” feeling…

    Zombie wolf behind the eyes???

    Please address “weening off” these drug cocktails often prescribed…. And how sleepio works with THAT!
    thank you…

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    Hi Sher22, have you had a look in the Library section to see if there are any articles in there? There's also a live discussion each week with a sleep expert. You can post your questions during the week. If you can't “listen” live at that time, you can view it on screen at a later date.
    EO

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    Hi Sher22,
    I'm pretty sure the sleep experts would advise you to talk with your GP about weaning yourself off your prescription medication. This is not because they don't want to help you, but because your GP is the medical practitioner who knows you best & can see your medical records.
    If you search the discussions, you will find that others have asked this before & received that response.
    You could also ask people in the discussions what their experiences have been weaning off prescription medications.
    Best wishes. xx

  • Sleepio Member

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    My sleep seems to go in cycles. During a cycle of good nights (lasting 4-5days), I still get up at least 3-4 times but I can get back to sleep fairly quickly and I sleep about 7 hours. On a cycle of bad nights (usually 3-4 days) I usually get to sleep ok but wake up after 4 hours and can't get back to sleep regardless of what I try . . . Sometimes it helps to get out of bed and sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes imagery helps, sometimes not. While it's highly frustrating after living with 20+ years of insomnia, I can say that the program has done these good things for me;


    • I'm thankful to know that the first 4 hours of sleep are often the deepest so this helps me feel more at ease when I can't get back to sleep at night

    • I'm on a more regular schedule for sleep – getting up near the same time every morning (no matter how much I slept that night). This makes me feel like I'm training my body and mind.

    • When I feel desperate and out-of-sorts after a cycle of bad sleep nights, I know deep down that it won't last forever if I keep to my schedule most of the time.

    • I appreciate people's suggestions for what to do when I can't sleep and it makes me feel less alone.



    • Finally – even if I don't reach optimal sleep through this program, I do think things have improved and SELF ACCEPTANCE IS KEY. “It is what it is” and I'm a valuable person even if struggle with sleep. Maybe it makes me more compassionate towards other people's problems . . .

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    Hi Molichka, I think you're right about the self acceptance; we put ourselves under a lot of pressure in this life, and acceptance can help break the vicious circle of being more stressed because we can't sleep, and beating ourselves up about it.
    You're also right about compassion. A little goes a very long way.
    EO

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    Thanks for the comment EO. I haven't been on the site for a while because my sleep got much better recently and I didn't feel as much of a need. It's partly because I've been meditating at a regular time most days. I hope things are going well/better for you too.

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    I started sleep restriction last week, and I am having a bit of a hard time. This extra lack of sleep affects my concentration, makes me forget things more often and seems to make me nauseous (is that possible?). I am
    especially worried about the effects on my mood. I have had trouble sleeping for years, and I am quite used to adapting to a few hours of sleep. I am doing my best not to let my lack of sleep affect my mood too much, but sometimes I really get overwhelmed. Does anyone have any advice on this?
    Thanks.

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    As Jinny said, Sleep Restriction is hard work!

    I would add that you need to use your best judgement as to whether you need a nap for safety, or if you are feeling unwell. SR works best if you can stick with it, however unpleasant, but if you need to take a night off for your sanity don't beat yourself up over it! You know your own body, routine & circumstances better than anyone else.

    It does get better! It just sometimes has to get worse before it gets better.

    Best wishes – do post again if you need any more advice, or even just to rant about how awful SR can be. xx

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    Thanks so much, that is really sweet. It is nice to be supported like this!

  • Sleepio Member

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    Be encouraged to know that the intensity of this week and next will get better soon. If possible, try and keep your responsibilities etc. to a minimum and keep your expectations of yourself low. Hopefully you have supportive people around you who can help out with some of the things you normally do. Focus your mind on positive things-- this helps when the effects of sleep deprivation are heavy upon you. Be a good coach to yourself! : ) You'll get through this and it will get better!

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    Just another post to say it does get better….

    No matter how awful you feel because of sleep deprivation tell yourself that at the end of the week if you stick to the rules you will almost certainly have slept well enough for the Prof to give you another 15 minutes.

    Try not to do more tha you absolutely have to for the first week or two of SR- don't arrange to socialise or take on more at home or work than is absolutely necessary. Tell those around you at home or work about what you are doing. Hopefully they will be supportive and not make undue demands on you for the moment.

    Good Luck and keep posting.

  • Sleepio Member

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    I finally got restful night of sleep. I hope
    it continues.

  • Sleepio Member

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    Hi Annie, a restful night of sleep certainly is a morale booster. You're on a good road, and there will be more good nights to come. This road can be unpredictable and not as level as we'd like it, but over time, your sleep patterns will improve.

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    Hello every1, I keep seeing the term SR. What does that stand 4? I have a history of intense psychological, emotional and verbal abuse from one parent, even sum physical and sexual abuse. The abuse happened mostly @ night, sumtimes all night long. Could my insomnia be related to the trauma I experienced growing up? It was a sumwhat strict home w/a religious upbringing.
    As a result I am obese, pre-diabetic, suffer from insomnia, obstructive sleep apnea, carpal tunnel syndrome, mood disorder as well as a few other shall I say vices. I am in therapy which may well be 4 the rest of my life. I've done the sleep study, I am on the CPAP machine which has helped tremendously with the headaches I was constantly getting on top of everything else. Just no that there's hope and never give up!

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    Hi Maritza, SR is short for 'sleep restriction' which starts in week 3. So over the first two weeks you record your sleep and then Prof can work out your sleep schedule. He then gives you your bed time and getting up time and this restricts the amount of time you get in bed (SR). I think for most of us it is a 5 hour limit. This condences the amount of time in bed and helps you to sleep within that time. This can take a while to happen but once you start to sleep for 90% of that time Prof adds on another 15 minutes in bed with the aim of increasing your sleep time. You may reach 90% one week and not the next, but each time you do you are rewarded with another 15 minutes and this carries on until you reach the amount of time that you want to sleep.

    Your story is really sad Maritza and I wish you well for the future.

    Ve

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    So sorry. I thought the flag meant I could find this again as I am in week 2 at the moment. I didn't find it inappropriate at all. Just me not understanding the system.

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    I am in week 2 and was wanting to use the thought checker. I can't remember the idea of how to use this. Is there somewhere I can re cap and listen to the advice on how to use this tool please?

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    Enter “thought checker” or “how to use thought checker” in the search bar.

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    Hi this is my first week, feeling excited about making progress but know it is not an overnight cure.

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    Great idea about the colouring. Thanks.

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