Sharing My story of getting over fear of insomnia.

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  • #57433

    Sharma
    ✓ Client

    So I had this problem where I used to get a period of poor sleep and this would start resulting in a fear over whether I had lost the ability to sleep. These bouts of poor sleep have been going on for a very long time. Joining this course was probably the best thing I have done and it has helped me immensely to overcome my fear of insomnia. Once this fear is controlled, sleep automatically happens. And there are still nights now and then when it takes time to go to sleep. But the fear / arousal which would normally kick in when I am faced with such nights has definitely almost gone away thanks to this program.

    #57551

    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Thanks for sharing! You know, as human beings I think we will always experience fear from time to time — but having more knowledge about how sleep (and insomnia!) works and moving away from trying to fight or avoid difficult thoughts and feelings (such as fear!) can help shift all that difficult stuff into the background of our lives rather than it being front and center, blocking our view of the world around us!

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    #57663

    Nikita
    ✘ Not a client

    Can I please ask how u managed to stop the fear mine comes on so strong even when I think of bed

    #57677

    SueE
    ✘ Not a client

    Nikita – Perhaps the biggest help to me was realising that sleep will happen all on it’s own as it is a natural process – You don’t need to force it or try to control it, your body will sort it out for you. When you cut yourself your body heals the wound – You don’t need to think about it and it is the same with sleep. Once you believe this you will start looking forward to bedtime instead of dreading it. GOOD LUCK!

    #57703

    sazmon
    ✘ Not a client

    That’s the harsh truth, the more we try to force it, the harder it becomes.

    #57706

    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    When you cut yourself your body heals the wound – You don’t need to think about it and it is the same with sleep.

    What a powerful way to think of this, @suee — thank you so much for sharing! I think I’ll be stealing that one!

    The content of this post is provided for informational and educational purposes only. It is not medical advice and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease, disorder, or medical condition. It should never replace any advice given to you by your physician or any other licensed healthcare provider. Insomnia Coach LLC offers coaching services only and does not provide therapy, counseling, medical advice, or medical treatment. All content is provided “as is” and without warranties, either express or implied.
    #57726

    SueE
    ✘ Not a client

    Martin – You’re most welcome! Glad I can give something back to you.

    #57719

    Sharma
    ✓ Client

    In my case telling myself that sleep wasnt in my control actually didnt help as my brain was so wired to believe that my health was going for a toss due to lack of sleep. So telling myself that sleep wasnt in my control added to my sleep anxiety as now there was this problem not in my control which was spoiling my health.

    Martin’s precise explanation about the science behind sleep first helped me start to think differently that its ok to have a bit of sleep issues. What really helped me is his anchor technique where I become the observer observing my thoughts and my body’s reaction to those thoughts.Initially it was very difficult as before I realized it I got caught up in those negative thoughts and emotions.Its a mind game which I am working on everyday..And still a long way to go..The other thing is behaviour modification..Earlier I used to try and go to bed as early as possible..But nowadays I stick to my sleep window..

    #58543

    Cb5
    ✘ Not a client

    Sue- great point on not trying. Sucks when you need to do things the next day tho.

    #60292

    judi
    ✘ Not a client

    “your body will sort it out for you” –

    – but isn’t this the exact problem: that I experience my body NOT sorting it out for me?
    That I experience lying in bed, not even wired anymore, quiet, calm, overall too tired to stress myself out – and YET the body isn’t sorting it out for me?
    Yet it doesn’t sleep, yet it makes me unable to work.

    I lost trust in my body, this is the scariest thing in this insomnia episode for me.

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