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6/21/11 10:32 P

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We can continue trying our strategies from this challenge! come back soon, I will.


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3/11/11 1:39 P

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Woke up at 4 am. this am. Only 6 hours of sleep. I now feel tired and sleepy.

Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you'll start having positive results.


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2/1/11 12:42 P

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2/1/11 2:46 A

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IT TAKES TIME JUST TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME..

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2/1/11 12:16 A

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It is difficult to break a cycle but making new habits takes time and breaking old habits takes patience.

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Broken Sleep
Difficulty falling to sleep
Over-eating

Keeping to the plan and schedule seems to be helping me.




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1/31/11 11:13 P

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Attitude, nah-- it's just being patient with not knowing what comes next. I can guarantee you that you didn't learn to walk the first time you stood up.

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1/31/11 9:17 P

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Thank you all for your replies! I do exercise regularly (walk, run, spin) which does help. I'm also working on keeping my bedtime routine consistent, and I use the supplement Nutri-calm to relax and get ready for sleep (any others you'd recommend?).

You definitely hit the nail on the head with my intrinsic confidence level and the challenge of my internship. I've been a straight-A student practically my whole life and through college/grad school but learning how to become an occupational therapist (that's my field) through my internships just takes a lot of time and effort, and I'll be gaining my professional skills for years to come. Thank you for your encouragement that I've gotten this far, and to keep going even if I don't feel like I know what I'm doing. Here's to having a good attitude!

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1/31/11 5:21 P

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Baby sleep steps?

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1/31/11 4:16 P

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Hang in there Elizabeth. Do you get any sort of whole body exercise? That can burn off some of the anxiety and ease some of the body tensions.

There are readily available herbal sleep aids that work quite well-- if they don't put you to sleep they will at least help you to relax. I don't know how an MFT works. However, it's likely that person could help you dump some of the anxiety.

Consider: you're good enough in your field that you were admitted to a graduate program AND you were given an internship. That's strong evidence that "grown-ups" see you as competent. I wonder if this might be the first time in your academic career that you've actually had to work hard? I used to get scared whenever I was faced with something that I had to read three or four times in order to understand. You might try reminding your anxiety that you really are quite competent and it should just go to sleep for a few hours.

Good luck to you. Use your external validation to give yourself some internal validation.

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1/31/11 4:00 P

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I'm thinking that if you've been at this for a month and then some, you've probably developed a great pre bedtime routine. No TV, no computer, maybe a shower or bath. Don't forget to take time to de-stress. I find that relaxing music helps me. Stick to it.

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1/31/11 3:30 P

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Hi all,
I've been working on this challenge for a month or two now and I'm still working on improving my sleep habits. I'm a grad student and recently started a full-time internship, which I have 9 weeks left of. I'm still struggling with getting to bed earlier and waking up early. It often takes me a long time to go sleep because I have anxiety around both my internship and my sleep (currently seeing an MFT for it). Last night it was so bad I barely slept at all. I'm so tired of this pattern, not to mention exhausted and having difficulty giving my best to my internship. I'm feeling really pessimistic about the situation, unfortunately it's a cycle - less sleep leads to more anxiety, and in turn less sleep, etc. Are there others out there who have dealt with similar challenges around sleep? Do you have any words of encouragement or tips? Thanks for your help!!

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