My slp problem

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    12sleep
    ✘ Not a client

    Hi everyone,

    My biggest problem is usually that I can get to sleep but can’t stay asleep.  I wake up after about 4 hrs and can’t get back to sleep.  I’ve tried using a white noise sound machine, keeping my rm cool and dark, but none of that has helped much.  That’s why I’m here.

    #30630

    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Sorry to hear about your struggle with nighttime awakenings, 12sleep. When you wake during the night, why do you think you find it hard to fall back to sleep?

    #30632

    12sleep
    ✘ Not a client

    I honestly don’t know, but it’s gotten worse as I’ve gotten older.  I know you’re supposed to get up and do something else when you wake up and can’t sleep, but that would wake my family up too, so I don’t really have that option.  I usually just read for a couple of hours.  I read a book by a sleep researcher recently, called “Why We Sleep”, by Matthew Walker and he said that’s common but really bad for you; waking up after 3-4 hrs sleep, I mean, and contributes to the development of Alzheimers, (among other things) so basically brain damage.  But he said they don’t know what to do yet, for older people with that sleep problem.  Which isn’t very encouraging, obviously.

    #30644

    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Many people worry that getting up at night will be a problem for their family when this is rarely the case! Have you tried speaking to them about whether you getting up and quietly sitting in another room would be disruptive? You might find this video helpful: How to implement stimulus control when you share your bed or have a ​family at home

    That book by Matthew Walker is, in my opinion, the absolute worst book on sleep ever written and is the cause of many cases of insomnia. I have worked with clients who had no problem with sleep until they read that book and freaked out about their sleep and this actually led to insomnia.

    If you want a quick and more accurate read about the health problems caused by insomnia (spoiler — there aren’t any) then I would highly recommend this book: Why We Don’t Sleep: How the wellness industry unintentionally created an insomnia epidemic.

    I hope this helps!

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