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Insomnia Strategy

Discussion in 'General Discussion Subforum' started by Ellen, Jul 16, 2016.

  1. Ellen

    Ellen Beloved Grand Eagle

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  2. mike2014

    mike2014 Beloved Grand Eagle

    Thanks Ellen, I'll add it to my tools.
  3. Ellen

    Ellen Beloved Grand Eagle

    I tried this app last night when rumination was keeping me from falling asleep, and it works! I fell asleep before the 20 min app was done.
  4. futuredancer

    futuredancer Peer Supporter

    I had really bad insomnia when I was 22 and I eventually was able to sleep normal after two years of antidepressants. Nevertheless, it didn't solve the root cause. By 35, I was back in the same loop. And one day, after months of sleeping about 2 hours per night, sth happened. I was in bed, and I had this thought in my mind: "I doesn't matter if I never sleep again. I will be a zombie, I will feel really shitty at work, but I don't care if I never sleep again". After that, I fell asleep in a minute. Since that happened, I never had trouble sleeping again. And If I have sth in my head and feel like i wont be able to sleep, I just think it is ok to be feeling horrible tomorrow. I don't care if dont sleep. So the fear does not feed my insomnia and I fall asleep. I wish I could do the same with my other symptoms. But I hope my experience with insomnia can help someone else.
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  5. TG957

    TG957 Beloved Grand Eagle

    I second this approach.

    My way of clearing a 30+ year long severe insomnia was not that straightforward. I used to wake up between 1 am and 3 am like clockwork and not be able to go back to sleep. Even when I slept, my sleep was shallow and more tiring than refreshing. Anti-anxiety medication helped, for few years, then stopped. I became a zombie, dreading 10 pm when I would go to bed. Once I started Sarno's approach, I applied it to my nightly anxiety attacks. It worked! As I woke up, I turned to what I call "a Sarno thought", thinking about the emotions behind my anxiety, trying to unwind it to the causes and triggers. Over time, I added guided meditations for anxiety and re-connection with inner child - those seemed to put me back to sleep after 30 minutes.

    Slowly, I noticed that my dread and fear of insomnia started calming down. The less I feared insomnia, the easier it became to cope with waking up and to go back to sleep. My anxiety does not rise anymore as I lie awake at 3 am, because I am confident that sooner or later I will fall asleep. I do have bad nights occasionally - last one was bad. But I went back to sleep without xanax and I woke up about 90% myself - which is a lot.

    Conquering insomnia was an unexpected side benefit of the Dr. Sarno's knowledge "penicillin", but certainly one of the most welcomed. I still have a long way to go before I can claim success with my symptoms. But I am becoming more and more confident that my insomnia can be tamed and that it is up to me to make it happen.
  6. Tennis Tom

    Tennis Tom Beloved Grand Eagle

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