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  • #34060

    Sleepless in Burnaby
    ✘ Not a client

    I have had insomnia for over 20 years. It started after my marriage ended. At one point I simply stopped sleeping. Drs ..sleeping pills nothing helped. Even after the stress of the break up improved…sleep didnt. For years now I have such sleep anxiety. I can usually get to sleep ok(usually) but I cant stay there. Lots of 3 hour nights ….
    So exhausting …

    #34095

    Deb
    ✓ Client

    Hi Sleepless. We’ve all been there and insomnia is horrible. It’s caused by anxiety though, so pills will not help you. You become conditioned to associate going to bed with anxiety. So you need therapy specifically for insomnia that will break the conditioning. There are two types of therapy. One is called cognitive behavior therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) and Martin Reed, the founder of this website explains it here. Another is based on a therapy called ACT and was developed by Dr. Guy Meadows. You can find information about this on his website, The Sleep School. Also, he has a book, The Sleep Book, that explains it very well. Many of us on the ACT for Insomnia thread read the book and are having good results. Some people get faster results with CBT-I though.

    Please get help for this. You don’t have to continue to suffer. I had insomnia for 10 months but now have recovered. I was miserable and very low, so I was so relieved to find therapy that worked.

    #34162

    leysentom1
    ✘ Not a client

    Hi there,

    I see what you are talking about.

    Would like to have a chat to share some experiences, and maybe I can reach you some ideas i have encountered in my journey with insomnia.

    Where are you from by the way? US, UK, Canada, … ?

    Tom

    #34341

    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Sorry to hear about your ongoing struggle with sleep. Some good news for you — Ann had insomnia for over 30 years and now sleeps well. So, there is hope for you!

    Have you given cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) a try?

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