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  • #34852

    J18
    ✘ Not a client

    I have had insomnia for 4 years now and I feel like I have tried everything.
    I have read countless books on sleep health and have tried so many recommended methods of help.
    Sleep sprays, hot drinks, no phone, dark room, cold room, CBD oil, nothing seems to work.
    I have tried sleeping tablets but they tend to make me feel unconscious as opposed to asleep and well rested and I am always left feeling “hungover” from them the next day.
    I often suffer from sleep paralysis too and that can be quite aggressive and frightening.
    Any suggestions welcome at this stage!

    #34947

    Deb
    ✓ Client

    I got insomnia last year and as a result of my research have come to understand that chronic insomnia is a mental condition and cannot be healed through drugs or medical interventions. The only treatments I know of for this that work are CBT-I, cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia, or ACT. For information about CBT-I read this website and also watch Martin’s videos. He also can coach you through it and is an excellent coach. For ACT the best resource is The Sleep Book by Dr. Guy Meadows. He also has a website.

    #35126

    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Hello J18 and welcome to the forum. Like many people, you have tried lots of things in a bid to improve your sleep and none of them have worked. That’s normal and to be expected because none of the things you have tried address the root cause of insomnia — the thoughts we have and the behaviors we implement in an attempt to improve our sleep that actually perpetuate insomnia.

    I noticed that cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) didn’t appear on your list of things you’ve tried. Was that an oversight, or is this something you’ve not tried yet? If you haven’t tried implementing CBT-I techniques yet, I’d encourage you to get started!

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