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    Desperately trying to sleep, I have read the Sleep Book, I have followed the exact opposite advice, tried the app Calm, taking sleeping tablets, tried lavender, Neom sleep sprays, hand creams, magnesium…etc etc etc.


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    Rosebudd, there is an ACT thread on here for those of us who have read the Sleep Book. It is a long process to healing, but if you try and practice every day, you will slowly start feeling better. And for me although my recovery come a few days at a time then might relapse, the greatest benefit from the Sleep Book has been increased energy during the day so I could start living my life again. Wishing you better sleep soon.


    Martin Reed
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    Did you try implementing anything you read about in The Sleep Book? If so, how long did you try those techniques?

    That book requires quite a high level of skill and results take time. You might want to start with cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) since the improvements become noticeable a bit quicker. As you start to regain some sleep confidence, it can be helpful to move onto ACT techniques as described in that book.

    I actually discussed the differences between CBT-I and ACT with clinical psychologist Nick Wignall in this podcast episode.

    In the meantime, it’s not too surprising that you didn’t find sleeping tablets, lavender, sleep sprays, hand creams, magnesium, or relaxation apps helpful — they won’t fix chronic insomnia because they don’t address the root cause of chronic insomnia (the thoughts and behaviors we have and implement in response to our sleep issues that make it harder for our sleep to recover).

    CBT-I is so effective because it addresses the thoughts and behaviors that perpetuate insomnia.

    I hope this helps.

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