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Re: Progress!!

Posted by Cairo on July 25, 2006 at 14:09:08:

In Reply to: Re: Progress!! posted by asterix on July 25, 2006 at 14:01:08:

Yes, doing all of those things as part of a healthy lifestyle is great. The problem with me is that I was doing most of them when I GOT the insomnia. I eat a vegetarian diet, was exercising every day and have slept the same 8-9 hours every night for years. Can't nap, don't drink a lot, not much caffeine, etc. But I was stressed and anxious and worrying a lot and that was what I had to change.

When I tried to do things specifically to help me sleep, it didn't help and upset me more. The sleep clinic had me doing sleep restriction and I thought I was going to go crazy forcing myself to stay up 2 hours past the time I could have been asleep easily, sitting in the living room reading at 3 AM, getting up at the same time regardless, etc. It made me nuts. They had me exercising in the evening (hate it) after years of faithful morning exercise, which forced me to join a gym (hate gyms, love outdoor exercise). Everything was wrong and it wasn't helping at all.

So I was grateful to see validation in one of Tom's posts about just letting it all go and doing what feels right. Learning to let go of trying to control sleep. It helped a lot. Ultimately leaving my stressful job helped the most, but it was the TomNTexas method that got me back on track and broke the anxiety, that and CBT.

Anyway...hope your progress continues!

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