Fed up with "sleep techniques"

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  • #8308

    tschopm
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    Ugh, every time I tell someone I'm having trouble sleeping, be it a friend, doctor, or whoever else, they say, “oh, well have you tried _______?” You can fill in the blank with any number of silly things like counting down or up, body awareness, etc. etc. It just irks me. I know they're just trying to help, but if the various number of techniques I've heard of over the past three or so years haven't worked, what makes people think they will now?!

    #11384

    Martin Reed
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    I hear exactly what you're saying – and it's one of the reasons why we started this project. Hopefully we can share more constructive tips and advice. If not, at the very least we can share our experiences with others that know what we're talking about and going through.

    Have you ever been given a 'sleep technique' that actually worked?!

    #11385

    Kik
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    'Martin' wrote on '26:

    Have you ever been given a 'sleep technique' that actually worked?!

    Does drinking my bodyweight in Tequila count?

    #11386

    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Ugh! Alcohol definitely helps the falling asleep part, but don't you wake up feeling as though you didn't actually sleep a wink?!

    #11387

    tschopm
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    'Martin' wrote on '26:

    Have you ever been given a 'sleep technique' that actually worked?!

    Ativan 😉 That and melatonin. The latter only works about a quarter of the time, though…when I just need a little push to get to sleep. Other than that, I haven't found anything that helps. It's sad I need to rely on drugs, but I think it more than evens out in the end.

    #11388

    tschopm
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    'Kik' wrote on '26:

    Does drinking my bodyweight in Tequila count?

    That and Jaeger, as I found out the other night!

    #11389

    emmaree
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    Sorry for my igorance but what is jaegar??

    #11390

    tschopm
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    'emmaree' wrote on '27:

    Sorry for my igorance but what is jaegar??

    It's a German liqueur…tastes a little like licorice, but made with tons of other spices. Delicious, but packs quite the punch!

    #11391

    greenplant
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    alcohol for sure makes me fall asleep but it wreaks my sleep schedule for the next week or so. i am trying not to drink anymore- or I will drink on a holiday but not during the work week or the weekend, because i need time to correct the insomnia that the alcohol causes. although nowadays i'm not sleeping period so maybe it doesn't matter!

    i hear what you are saying about everyone giving advice-i'm just not bothering to talk about it to people anymore, no one can fix it but me and i've heard every type of advice under the sun.

    #11392

    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    There sure is a lot of 'advice' out there – so much so that it becomes truly overwhelming. That's one of the reasons why I started Insomnia Land – so insomniacs can talk with people who UNDERSTAND and we can cut through all the 'noise' and seek genuine advice.

    #11393

    Kik
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    This is my embarassing story for emmaree 🙂

    So my insomnia comes in two parts – first I can't fall asleep and second, I can't stay asleep. Earlier this Summer, a mate came up with a theory about the second part of my insomnia.

    Before I moved back into my bedroom (on return from travelling), it belonged to someone else who still has a lot of her stuff and clutter stored in there. My friend's theory is that, even though I've been sleeping in there for well over a year, it still doesn't feel like my room and on some level, I just don't feel safe in there.

    Lately, I've been working on the first part of my insomnia by imagining being sung to by some ethereal voice to try and relax me and stop my brain from going at 100mph which has been mildly successful. On Monday I decided to switch things up and attempt to kill two birds with one stone. I imagined a certain Metal singer was in my room singing to me so not only was I relaxed, but I also had a very scary looking bodyguard watching over me. I didn't fall asleep straight away but I was close to nodding off for a long time (that never happens!) I haven't been able to replicate it so far this week but I'm going to try again now.

    Maybe I just need some friendly night time company. How about a cat? 😀

    #11394

    emmaree
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    'Kik' wrote on '28:

    This is my embarassing story for emmaree 🙂

    So my insomnia comes in two parts – first I can't fall asleep and second, I can't stay asleep. Earlier this Summer, a mate came up with a theory about the second part of my insomnia.

    Before I moved back into my bedroom (on return from travelling), it belonged to someone else who still has a lot of her stuff and clutter stored in there. My friend's theory is that, even though I've been sleeping in there for well over a year, it still doesn't feel like my room and on some level, I just don't feel safe in there.

    Lately, I've been working on the first part of my insomnia by imagining being sung to by some ethereal voice to try and relax me and stop my brain from going at 100mph which has been mildly successful. On Monday I decided to switch things up and attempt to kill two birds with one stone. I imagined a certain Metal singer was in my room singing to me so not only was I relaxed, but I also had a very scary looking bodyguard watching over me. I didn't fall asleep straight away but I was close to nodding off for a long time (that never happens!) I haven't been able to replicate it so far this week but I'm going to try again now.

    Maybe I just need some friendly night time company. How about a cat? 😀

    Thats not embarrassing its cool if it helps get you to sleep,,thought about moving the girls stuff out of the room ,,like box it all and find a keep safe place for it all? Cat huh I have a friend who has lots of cat 3 actually it seems to keep him busy and obviously offers him company;P Id say anything if it helps ,,,now

    I my try the imagery thing but umm wont try metal maybe something a little more soothing rolleyes.gif

    #11395

    Kik
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    'emmaree' wrote on '29:

    Thats not embarrassing its cool if it helps get you to sleep,,thought about moving the girls stuff out of the room ,,like box it all and find a keep safe place for it all? Cat huh I have a friend who has lots of cat 3 actually it seems to keep him busy and obviously offers him company;P Id say anything if it helps ,,,now

    I my try the imagery thing but umm wont try metal maybe something a little more soothing rolleyes.gif

    🙂

    Everything I've been able to pack away has been. Unfortunately the only place I have to store these boxes and other large pieces of furniture is my room 🙁 This was only ever going to be a temporary stop (a favour really) before I found something permanent but the 'temporary' part has just taken longer then I was expecting!

    Totally agree with “Metal” and “Soothing” not going particularly well together! 😀 If you can think of an artist who can sing your cares away and looks like he could stare down a Great White, please let me know! I'm running out of appropriate rock ballads. 🙂

    How'd the imagery work for you?

    #11396

    tschopm
    ✘ Not a client

    The ethereal singer thing actually worked rather well for me! Sometimes (well, most of the time) I can't slow my brain down, and it doesn't help to tell my brain to quiet down…apparently I just needed an “ethereal singer” to drown out the noise! It was a rather relaxing and wonderful experience the one night I tried it. Last night it didn't work, but I think that was because I was having crazy hallucinations that made me paranoid of having anyone in my room. I'll have to try it a few more times.

    #11397

    Kik
    ✘ Not a client
    'tschopm' wrote on '01:

    The ethereal singer thing actually worked rather well for me! Sometimes (well, most of the time) I can't slow my brain down, and it doesn't help to tell my brain to quiet down…apparently I just needed an “ethereal singer” to drown out the noise! It was a rather relaxing and wonderful experience the one night I tried it. Last night it didn't work, but I think that was because I was having crazy hallucinations that made me paranoid of having anyone in my room. I'll have to try it a few more times.

    It's amazing hey? 😀 I'm also having trouble getting it to work again. The technique worked when I changed it so maybe need to change it again? Better put my thinking hat on 🙂

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