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    Laura MT
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    Hi folks, I’m Laura. Anxiety issues have run in my family forever and I think that’s how I started having trouble sleeping (just occasionally) in childhood. My mom would give me a warm glass of milk and an aspirin tablet and send me back to bed. As an adult I’ve canceled many plans and taken sick days because poor sleep left me feeling unwell. Twenty years ago a doctor prescribed a sleep medication for me and amazingly, I’m still on it. For the most part it works great, but it’s not ideal or sustainable. I’d like to at least reduce my use of it by learning better sleep-promoting skills. Intellectually I know that our bodies know how to sleep and don’t need to be taught. Mainly we just need to get out of the way and let our bodies do what they know how to do. An interesting book is “The Sleep Solution” by Dr. Chris Winter, MD, a sleep specialist who says we actually sleep a good deal more than we think we do, and he has the sleep studies to prove it. He says that even on nights we’re convinced we didn’t sleep a bit, we actually probably slept a few hours. Anyway, I like Martin’s video lessons and am here to learn more and do better.
    My favorite sleep tip: Hide your clock! There’s no need to know what time it is during the night. It’s irrelevant. Seeing what time it is only increases anxiety and gets in the way of relaxing. (Hide the phone, too!) Happy relaxation, everyone!

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    scottctj
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    Hi Laura!

    Thanks for posting that information and tip! People with insomnia certainly monitor for sleep more closely than those not experiencing it so hiding your clock and smartphone at night is a positive step. I hope you continue to have sleep success!

    Scott J

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