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Question 18 - How do deal with past thoughts that keep you awake?

From: N. G.

My wife had sleeping disorder in the past one year. She had worked night shift till 1AM for 5 months and she was forcing herself into sleep from 2 am till 6 - 8 am. This had developed into anxiety and depression. She had taken medication and councelling and she had overcome well. During this time she was pregnant and could not cope and she had to terminate the pregnency.

She had overcome most of the past and is sleeping ok in the nights. She gets disturbed whenever before the sleep she thinks whether she will get sleep today and she gets disturbed, teers come, and some times she thinks ok at least I have the sleeping tablets if any issues then little later she gets a sleep. But the next day she is upset.

The issues, Sleeping well but once gets disturbed then her past thoughts come to her and affect sleep. Whenever she gets negative thoughts about sleep she is unable to dismiss that thought and go into sleep.

She wanted the sleeping issue to go out completely from her mind and would love to live peacefully and when goes to bed wanted to enjoy sleep only and not disturbing thoughts. After overcome sleeping thoughts she wants to have a baby (second one, first one is a boy) Please help to overcome her issue.

Thanks N. G.

Answer Provided by Dr. Kasey Li
August 10, 2007

Sleep apnea is not the main issue as your wife has insomnia and sleep hygiene issues. I would recommended that she seeks help from a sleep specialist who focuses on insomnia issues.

Good luck.

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