Answer Provided by Sandman
August 10, 2007
First I agree with Dr. Li, the most important thing your wife can do is to find a sleep doctor who is a specialist in insomnia. My first thought is CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) would be very helpful.
Everyone experiences the crazy thoughts that will not quit so we can fall asleep from time to time. It becomes a very difficult problem when it happens almost every night. Not being able to get the sleep you need can cause emotional and physical problems.
When it becomes a problem, seeing an expert is the best option. I have come across this problem from time to time and one tool I use to deal with it is listening to a CD, in bed with headphones, I received from a good hypnotherapist. The CD is a guided meditation that takes away the thoughts by focusing on the instructions and visualization. Nothing special about the CD, nice background music, and a really nice guided journey which brings relaxation and stops the thinking.
Other techniques to stop thinking include meditation, focus on breathing, staring at an object, and repeating mantras to name a few. You will find more methods with a google search.
Best wishes and Sweet dreams,
Disclaimer, I am not an MD and my opinions should not be taken as medical advice. If you feel that you need assistance with medications and/or diagnosis, you should seek medical advice from a qualified physician.