Hi, I have been suffering from intermittent insomnia for approximately 12 months and am now starting to look at implementing CBTI techniques. Martin, I am very interested in your course but want to spend some time trying the techniques myself before committing to the cost. Thank you for all the free advice you put out.
My problem is sleep onset, I have been struggling with very persistent hypnic jerks that twitch me awake and even wake me out of sleep, as well as general anxiety about falling asleep, likely as a result of the above. Generally I am a healthy and fit individual who weight trains regularly, eats well and does not drink much. I used to have no problem getting a solid 7-8 hrs per night, ironically until I started trying to ‘optimise’ sleep.
My question is, can I try bedtime restriction by focusing on an earlier wake up (eg 4am) rather than later bedtime? I find these early hours more productive and feel this would help me more than trying to stay awake until midnight or later.