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- February 7, 2020 at 5:44 am #35427
S.A.✘ Not a client
Hello. I have had insomnia for 5 years. It has been relentless the whole period. It started with work related stress whilst working on a large project. The stress is long gone but the insomnia had it’s grip on me and it won’t let go. For the most part I can fall asleep. My issue is staying asleep and falling back asleep after I wake up. I have tried SRT twice already and it’s difficult for sure. I’m about to give it another go so I have registered here to find out how other people are finding it.February 7, 2020 at 10:01 am #35437
Another therapy for insomnia is based on ACT. The best resource on this is The Sleep Book by Dr. Guy Meadows. He also has a website. I tried it and have completely recovered. I had insomnia for 10 months.February 9, 2020 at 2:11 am #35457
S.A.✘ Not a client
Deb, thank you for the recommendation. I read about it and it makes sense to me and appeals to me so I have bought the book. I feel as if I have a head start because I have already learned to relax in bed but my problem is spending a lot of time during the day thinking about my insomnia. Looking forward to getting stuck in!February 9, 2020 at 8:09 am #35459
That’s great that you already can relax in bed. That’s key. The book will give you tools such as mindfulness and welcoming, that will help you let go of the worrisome thoughts during the day. This is important because these negative thoughts will only feed the insomnia at night. Even if you’re not conscious of it, it’s there beneath the surface. Your brain needs to be retrained to associate the bed with restfulness, and the daytime needs to be associated with living your life and not anxiety and dwelling on insomnia.February 11, 2020 at 5:15 pm #35519
Martin Reed★ Admin
As Deb suggested, one of the best things you can do to prevent your days being filled with sleep-related thoughts and worries is to fill your days with something else! The more active and engaged you are during the day, the less time you will spend thinking about sleep and the more you will be able to recognize that you have far more control over the quality of your day than how well or how poorly you slept the previous night!
Waking during the night is completely normal — if however, you worry about those awakenings, it can be difficult to fall back to sleep. If you allot an appropriate amount of time for sleep each night you will spend less time awake during the night. And, if you get out of bed when being in bed is unpleasant, you will not be reinforcing the idea that the bed is a place for unpleasant wakefulness.
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