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    titanicgwh
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    My biggest sleep challenge is worrying that I won’t get a good night’s sleep. My sleep issues are when I start falling asleep my body wakes me up! Then I am more awake and this cycle repeats for an extended period and may even last all night. I use to wonder the cause of this contradiction. Then I read that maybe it’s because it’s the worrying that releases adrenalin in my body which keeps me alert and that is what wakes me as I doze off.

    At this point the only way I’ve gotten a good night’s rest is Zolpidem (extended release). I found the Insomnia Coach thru googling “fear of not not sleeping”. These are my sleep-related worries and concerns.

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    Martin Reed
    ★ Admin

    Welcome to the forum, titanicgwh. Worrying that you won’t get a good night’s sleep is very common among people with insomnia — so you certainly aren’t alone! As you suspected, when we worry about sleep we trigger the arousal system and this makes sleep more difficult.

    Of course, knowing that you shouldn’t worry about sleep is easier said than done — so what’s the solution? Well, we want to improve your sleep so that you gain more confidence in your ability to sleep, so you worry less (and eventually don’t even think) about sleep.

    Typically, the best way to improve sleep for people when you have chronic insomnia is through cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) techniques. Is this something you’ve tried (or even come across)?

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    titanicgwh
    ✘ Not a client

    I am aware of CBT for anxiety disorders but this is the first I heard of CBT-I. It’s good that there is therapy specifically for insomnia.

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