Prof Espie and the Sleepio team would like to optimize the 1.5 hours our Sleep Experts get to spend with the community each week. We would love to hear feedback on your experiences, and any suggestions you have for us.
Thanks in advance!
It is a really valuable part of the programme to be able to put our questions knowing that they will get a knowledgeable answer. I like to read the answers every week whether or not I asked a question.
Very very occasionally the expert seems to miss the point of the question but you can always ask again next week and you can ask a different expert too.
I have said elsewhere that I believe that the expert sessions should be archived separately from the community discussions.
I have found the expert sessions to be invaluable. The community is great, but at the end of the day we're all in the same boat and when things are tough, it's so good to be able to receive advice from a more objective, knowledgeable source. One thing I would change therefore, is giving other Sleepios the chance to answer the questions set for the experts. I think if you are concerned enough to put your question there, rather than post it to the community, you probably specifically want the expert's opinion. For me it's a kind of mental safety net, other Sleepios give great advice, but the experts have more authority and sometimes that's what you need.
I like having the opportunity to ask questions of the experts. It adds a personal and professional touch that was especially important to me early on.
As I learned more about the program and the community, I found that the questions on my mind had already been addressed in the Library or by the Community.
Hello, I've just tried to find a recent expert session to remind myself of what was said and I gave up. Would it be possible to list the sessions in chronological order?
Thanks folks. I'll maybe get some of the experts to hop on here to add their thoughts. Understand the point about holding the Expert Session materials somewhere more visible. Interested to consider how the expert sessions and library materials can be of additive value – more complementary
I think it is really important and valuable part of the program to be able to ask the experts. Thnak you for including this.
I appreciate the answer benefits a wider audience. Occasionally I find that the answers are a bit general and also repeat the basic principals that can already be found elsewhere on this site or on our tutorial session. If that could be avoided and sometimes the answers could be more specific, that would make this even better.
There have been a very few occasions when I thought that the expert misunderstood the point that the sleepio was making. To help the experts it may help if we ask one question at a time as simply as possible, remembering that it’s always possible to put a supplementary question the following week. Indeed no one should be afraid to ask different questions over several weeks.
I have found the expert sessions very reassuring and informative. It has been great to know there is someone with training and knowledge almost at our beck and call. Thank you.
I agree that it would be helpful to archive them somewhere else as I have tried to find a previous one and not succeeded.
I know I am guilty m'lud, of stepping in to answer some questions, and I’m not a professional but honestly, it’s through good intentions – for when a sleepio is struggling and they might have posted a question on a Thursday and have to wait a whole week for a response. So mea culpa.
I've just signed up and am a bit confused about the expert sessions and how to access them. Could somebody explain please?
If you click on the Community button above, it takes you to the community page. You’ll see the rolling banner. Below that are two columns of discussions and chat. On the right hand side you will see the Live Doctor session. You click on it and it takes you to that week's session.
Sadly, you’ve missed last night's one with Dr. Kenady. But if you wait for a day or so, a new Live Session will be there for the 19th August…and you can click on that one and leave a message for next week's doctor.
They are psychologists and specialise in sleeping problems. (They cannot give you medical advice – you’ll need to speak to your own GP for medical problems.)
In the meantime, if you have a sleeping problem you can ask us here on the Community and we will help where we can whilst you are waiting for next Wednesday. You can write a message on your profile page or message me directly by clicking on my name.
Take heart, you’ve only just joined and you must have lots of things to ask. We’ve been where you are now and can often help. Don’t be alone…insomnia can be a lonely place. I joined last November and stay her to keep my sleep on track and to help all sleepios.
I’ve left a message on your profile page so you know where that is….you’ll get a pink notification when you next come onto log your sleep diary.
Wishing you a good journey on the programme!
Hello Prof Epsie and the Sleepio Team.
I have used the Sleep Expert Session on more then one occasion when I haven’t been able to find an answer in the Community or Library. For me the Sleep Expert is a last resort to find an answer to my sleep problems. There are so many Sleepios with experience and knowledge of sleep and sleep problems on here. I do appreciate that I have the opportunity to chat to the Live Doctor and it does put my mind at rest knowing that they are there every week.
So thanks Prof Epsie and Sleepio Team for this resource.
I also go on to the Sleep Expert sessions sometimes to help people. I remember what is was like having to wait for an answer because I’d just missed the session. When you’re desperate for sleep it seems a long time to wait. There are a few people who are at there wits’ end on there. I’m not an expert but if I have experience and knowledge of a sleep problem I will try to help with advice and also try to encourage them. I always think that hopefully they appreciate having someone get in touch with them until the Sleep Expert comes along. The Sleep Expert is an Expert but Sleepios have tips or advice because of experience of a sleep problem, that sometimes the Sleep Expert won’t know about. Which is probably why there is the option for Sleepios to be able answer the questions set for the Experts.
Where are the expert sessions?
The expert sessions are under the Live Doctor Session.
If you click on the Community page at the top of each page, scroll down below the rolling banner of Sleepios’ comments, you will see on the right hand side there are topics for discussion that are being commented on currently (you’ll see this one is near the top). Below will be the Live Doctor session with either doctors Vicki Creanor or Jen Kennady. They alternate each week.
I think Dr. Kennady is due to be on next Wednesday’s session.
These two doctors are not medical doctors like your GP. They cannot advise on medication but are professional psychologists with a specialisation in sleep disorders.
The sessions are held in the evening (U.K. time) and corresponding US time (early afternoon).
When the next session displays, you can leave a message there for the coming week (not on the one that’s gone). The doctor will come on-line at the appropriate time and go through all the questions one by one and reply. If you are able to be on-line here at the same time and need to ask further questions – then do so and she will reply within the time allowed.
In the meantime, if you have a non-medical question that feels more urgent, click on my name and you can leave a message for me on my profile page and I’ll get back to you asap.
Hope this helps.
Best sleepio wishes,
Completed course some weeks ago, was told I had made a 30% improvement score 6/10. But this was achieved through working out the correct times on the hours asleep calculation. Since then my score has reverted to 0.9/10. I'm now restricting tea intake, don't take coffee. I don't know whether I should try the sleep restriction, which I didn't do, for how long do I carry om with sleep restriction? I can't stay awake till 11.30 and get up at 5.45 and when I did do that on one occasion had about 3 hours sleep as I couldn't then get to sleep or stay asleep. So I gave up with sleep restriction. All in all the course has not helped me at all and I had already used the various “techniques” to achieve restfulness years before trying Sleepio. Which are imagining yourself on a walk or relaxation techniques.
This thread is for comments on the expert sessions. There is one today. Your question about whether or not you should try sleep restriction—you could ask at this session. Since you can’t manage the assigned sleep window, you might do better with sleep compression.