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Has anyone had success with cognitive behavior therapy and/or sleep restriction to treat insomnia? I've had insomnia for almost 20 years and still trying to tame the beast! I take melatonin but find it marginally helpful. Surprisingly I only occassionaly have daytime sleepiness.

 

 

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One thing that has helped me, although it took a loooong time before it started working, is listening to a self-hypnosis recording. The one I used is called Deep Sleep with Medical Self-Hypnosis by Steven Gurgevich. I have a digital copy from Audible. I turn it on to chapter 3 and just let it play out when I need help. I used this for about 6 months before it started to reliably help me. Now it often only takes a few seconds to work. In fact, I seldom need to use it anymore. Now I have an app with ocean sounds and I usually go to sleep within a couple minutes of using it.  I don't know whether this will help you or not, but there are not really any risks or side effects involved if you decide to try it. And who knows? Maybe it will help. Sweet dreams . . .

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Some people are born that way and it’s not Parkinson’s. Some people’s brains are passive during day time and very active especially at night. There is lot of mental chatter that happens at night. People decode messages,  learn new lessons especially at night from problems encountered during day. It’s a good thing.  If you try to treat, you only going to agitate it. Accept it and move on.

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I wish I could help! Melatonin and even prescription sleep aids only "get me to sleep" however do not keep me asleep... 2-3am, I awake then I start with the light/REM sleep and random dreams and awakenings... It really sucks some nights... I do find some mind space apps do help me relax before bed. Headspace is one of them, I also use another called Calm... There are many designed to relax your mind... Would love to hear other tips as well

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Going to sleep and waking up at the same time is a good habit. Caveat, you have to wake up even if you don’t get much sleep at your designated time and follow the same principal for sleeping time. Sleep at the same time whatever other priorities you may have.

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Read up on sleep hygiene. Suggestions are using the bed for sleep and sex only. No TV or electronics in bed. The screens put out a type of light that interferes with sleep. Go to bed and wake up at the same time has already been mentioned. If you don't fall to sleep or wake up during the night, try to relax for 20 minutes. If you still can't sleep, get up and read an unexciting book or magazine by lamplight. Do not watch TV or use any electronics. Have a light snack or warm decaffeinated beverage. As soon as you feel sleepy, return to bed and try sleeping again. 

I use an app named iSleep Easy from the app store. I created a playlist that works for me. There is one titled Wee Hours Rescue for waking up in the middle of the night. This allows me to sleep 7 to 8 hours each night.

Sweet dreams!

Dianne   

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A member of my household with chronic insomnia was cured by using "REMFresh" - a timed release version of melatonin. It was recommended by a physician sleep specialist who said it's a last resort before sleep aid CNS drugs.

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Dr.Low founder of recovery Inc.famous phrase on sleep.You only need to rest your muscles and your relax your attention for health in regards to sleep.He also states many sleep in light sleep and in small intervals which accumulate to give us that rest.While a fitful night might be distressing it is not a serious condition.

I have found a good antidote to stress is humor ,We all forget our sense of humor at times ,but that to is average for all.

Sweet dreams,lol

 

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