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I seem to be relapsing for no reason

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This topic contains 2 replies, has 3 voices, and was last updated by Chee2308 1 week ago.

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    SleepWorry
    ✘ Not a client

    It was just last week where I had a few nights in a row of uninterrupted effortless 8 hours sleep, I thought I was over this. Then the random waking up started again. Annoying but didn’t bother me too much as I would fall back asleep. Now the last 2 nights i’m back to square one where it takes over an hour to initially fall asleep, then of course waking up multiple times. Each time I awaken I am hit right away with waves of anxiety and fear. I know my general anxiety is flared up again because my apatite is gone and I can physically feel the worry and fear. I don’t understand, there was no trigger this time. Everything in my daily life was going smooth and sleep was improving, then it just went downhill again.

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    scottctj
    Mentor

    SleepWorry,

    Relapses can be, understandably, disheartening but don’t give up. Think of smokers who try to quit and how many relapses they may experience before being successful. Just because you had a couple of tough nights of sleep, don’t be so hard on yourself. If you implemented CBT-I techniques to have the success you’ve experienced until now, simply revisit those techniques and

    You’ve already proven to yourself that you can be successful at achieving wonderful sleep so I wouldn’t let a couple nights of disruption get you down. I still have an occasional tough night of sleep after overcoming insomnia 2 years ago but I also have CBT-I tools in my back pocket to rely upon when those nights occur. Have you tried executing those methods again when you have a restless night?

    Hope that helps,
    Scott J

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    #41005

    Chee2308
    ✓ Client

    Hello and greetings!
    If you are suddenly relapsing after sleeping really well, it is almost certainly because you are overdoing it by oversleeping. Try restricting your time in bed. Try sleeping 7.5 hours instead of 8. Then cut that down to 7 if the difficult nights still persist. Your sleep history affects your future sleep, nothing unusual going on there. Think about it for a moment. Your body is an efficient survival machine, and it is during sleep that we are most vulnerable, less productive and your body undergoes the essential maintenance. So ideally it will only want to sleep just enough to keep everything functioning well whilst keeping you safe and productive. Best wishes to you.

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