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    bluesafe
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    Hello all insomnialanders! I'm glad to have come across this group and hope to benefit others as well as myself. I live in Toronto, Ontario Canada with my wife and 4 kids… yes, you read that correctly… 4 kids. How do I do it you ask? With patience, love and an awewome wife. 🙂

    Anyway, I'm here because I've been suffering from chronic insomnia for the past 3.5 months starting on August 11th, 2012… I know the exact date because it's the day my father was submitted to the hospital for pnuemonia… he's doing much better now. I first thought that the stress of my father (he's 78) being in the hospital with pneumonia was the reason for my lack of sleep… a natural conclusion one would think. However, the sleepless nights simply continued and I started to fear that I wouldn't be able to sleep well anymore… and that's when the “sleep anixiety” kicked it. Constant thoughts during the day that I'm not going to be able to sleep, that I will get sick over time, lose my job, not be there for my family, and on and on…

    I tried some self-hypnosis techniques but they only helped a little in the beginning. I refuse to take any prescription sleeping pills as I know they'll be short term relief. I have a naturopath whos' given me some homeopathic remedies which are helping with my overall anxiety and mental health but not the insomnia very well. I've recently come across CBT for insomnia and after reading through how it works and the long-term relief it's supposed to bring, I'm encouraged. I've been keeping a daily journal and re-enforcing positive thoughts through out the day as well as limiting my sleep to specific hours…. it's been working well for the last week and even though there's been a night or two without great sleep (<5hrs) I'm encouraged and feeling much better overall.

    So, I know that's a long intro but I had to get that out there in case anyone can relate…

    I look forward to exploring the site, trying some of the techniques and sharing my experiences…

    Happy Sleeping!

    BS

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    Martin Reed
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    Welcome to Insomnia Land and thanks for introducing yourself. I'm sure you'll find plenty of tips and support here.

    If you're looking into CBT, you may find our free sleep training helpful since it uses many of the same techniques.

    I look forward to reading more of your posts and getting to know you.

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    #14276

    Butterfly123
    ✘ Not a client
    'bluesafe' wrote:

    Hello all insomnialanders! I'm glad to have come across this group and hope to benefit others as well as myself. I live in Toronto, Ontario Canada with my wife and 4 kids… yes, you read that correctly… 4 kids. How do I do it you ask? With patience, love and an awewome wife. 🙂

    Anyway, I'm here because I've been suffering from chronic insomnia for the past 3.5 months starting on August 11th, 2012… I know the exact date because it's the day my father was submitted to the hospital for pnuemonia… he's doing much better now. I first thought that the stress of my father (he's 78) being in the hospital with pneumonia was the reason for my lack of sleep… a natural conclusion one would think. However, the sleepless nights simply continued and I started to fear that I wouldn't be able to sleep well anymore… and that's when the “sleep anixiety” kicked it. Constant thoughts during the day that I'm not going to be able to sleep, that I will get sick over time, lose my job, not be there for my family, and on and on…

    I tried some self-hypnosis techniques but they only helped a little in the beginning. I refuse to take any prescription sleeping pills as I know they'll be short term relief. I have a naturopath whos' given me some homeopathic remedies which are helping with my overall anxiety and mental health but not the insomnia very well. I've recently come across CBT for insomnia and after reading through how it works and the long-term relief it's supposed to bring, I'm encouraged. I've been keeping a daily journal and re-enforcing positive thoughts through out the day as well as limiting my sleep to specific hours…. it's been working well for the last week and even though there's been a night or two without great sleep (<5hrs) I'm encouraged and feeling much better overall.

    So, I know that's a long intro but I had to get that out there in case anyone can relate…

    I look forward to exploring the site, trying some of the techniques and sharing my experiences…

    Happy Sleeping!

    BS

    Hello

    I can so relate to your sleep anxiety. If I could get rid of that I truly beleive I would not have a problem anymore. The initial stress/sleep issues resolved a long time ago but the anxiety that resulted still remains and I don't think it's going to shift any time soon. I have had it 15 years. 🙁

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