Hmm...I'll have to see if my library carries either of those books. I've been fighting some form of (undiagnosed) insomnia for nearly a decade now. I do sometimes get a good, full night of sleep, but it's rare--I have to be totally exhausted in mind and body. I have issues on both sides--I take forever to fall asleep and wake up at least twice every night. So all in all, I probably average 4-5 hours of sleep per night. I'm not even sure I sleep deeply, as I feel drained even after a seemingly great night's sleep. I have been on Lunesta and Trazodone, and tried relaxing herbal teas, valerian root mixed with the tea, melatonin supplements, using ear plugs, putting up light-blocking curtains and minimizing light from electrics (laptop etc.), listening to calming music I enjoy, and a bunch of other things that I'm sure I've forgotten. I think my next attempt might be meditation.
OK I'm done whining about how frustrated I am over not sleeping well. I'm sure many of you understand.
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its been a while since this thread was originally posted.
I bought the book and read it and found it really helped. I definitely think its worth a read if you have trouble sleeping... really, it can't hurt. And I found that just by changing some of my thought patterns, I was able to sleep better. Sounds funny, but true. I always imagined I was sleeping horribly, etc, but when I wrote down the reality in a journal every day (he goes through it in the book) I found that it wasn't as bad as I thought. And that made me realize I wasn't as bad a sleeper as I thought. which then allowed me to sleep better. Seems strange, but true. I'm not a perfect sleeper, and I have thyroid issues which affect my sleep, but there has definitely been an improvement.
I haven't read that other book that I bought yet, though, so I can't say anything about it. But I will read it - I figure I may as well have as many tools in my corner as possible!
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Sorry to hear that you have trouble sleeping. My mind is so busy I have to be exhausted to sleep. I get 2-4 hours on a good night. I do e- mail or read when I am not sleeping ( after trying for 30-60 minutes in bed.) JO
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superstars, i saw this thread and was actually coming in just to recommend that book! my sleep neurologist gave me "no more sleepless nights" and it's been hands-down the best thing i've done. i have idiopathic insomnia so my sleep problems are never going to just go away, but this book has helped me a lot in developing better sleep habits and understanding my sleep issues. highly, highly recommend!
I now have a copy of the book Say Goodnight to Insomnia by Greg Jacobs and have already seen a difference!! I am working on saying POSITIVE sleep thoughts to myself a few times a day and have begun my sleep diary!!
I followed the approach in this book about three years ago when I had my first bout with insomnia and it worked. So, why didn't I remember it? Instead I've been taking Ativan off and on for 2 months and the problem just gets worse. I fret over not sleeping and I fret over the fact that I shouldn't be taking this medicine. So I am waiting for the library to get the book in and I will follow Greg Jacobs advice again. Will keep you all posted about whether it works for me or not.
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