How Kirstin rediscovered her natural ability to sleep after feeling completely dependent on sleeping pills (#59)
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by Martin Reed, Martin Reed, MEd, CHES®, CCSH
1w ago
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How Summer let go of trying to control her sleep, her thoughts, and her feelings — and regained control over her life (#58)
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by Martin Reed, Martin Reed, MEd, CHES®, CCSH
1M ago
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How Nina overcame insomnia by embracing wakefulness and dropping the struggle (#57)
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by Martin Reed, Martin Reed, MEd, CHES®, CCSH
2M ago
Nina typically dealt with occasional periods of sleep disruption by taking some form of over-the-counter medication. When she fell pregnant this was no longer an option. Work stress seemed to make sleep more difficult and so Nina stopped taking on work. Her sleep would improve but every time she started working again, she struggled with sleep all over again. At this point, Nina thought her ongoing... Source ..read more
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How Kreuza dealt with insomnia and somniphobia by practicing more acceptance and less resistance (#56)
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by Martin Reed, Martin Reed, MEd, CHES®, CCSH
3M ago
In this episode, Kreuza shares her journey through the challenging landscape of insomnia and somniphobia — a fear of sleep. Initially, she found Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) techniques helpful. However, when sleep problems returned as somniphobia, the same techniques faltered. Feeling isolated in her struggle, Kreuza realized that implementing rules around sleep were not... Source ..read more
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How Rachel got out of the insomnia struggle by being more flexible, more accepting, and more present (#55)
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by Martin Reed, Martin Reed, MEd, CHES®, CCSH
4M ago
Rachel’s struggle with insomnia started in grad school. She tried everything from sleep aids to strict bedtime rules and routines to improve her sleep, but nothing worked. The harder she tried to fix her sleep and get rid of sleep-related anxiety, the more difficult things became. The turning point came when Rachel changed her approach. She stopped focusing on trying to create the perfect... Source ..read more
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How Eric got his life back from insomnia by focusing on what he can control (#53)
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by Martin Reed, Martin Reed, MEd, CHES®, CCSH
8M ago
Eric’s insomnia journey began after he woke in the middle of the night and experienced a huge panic attack. From then on, sleep became very difficult. As he tried to fix things, Eric stopped watching TV in bed with his wife — something they both enjoyed. He tried napping, even though he never used to nap in the past. He tried sleeping on the couch. He tried sleeping in a chair. He tried blue-light... Source ..read more
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How Gerry used mindfulness and self-kindness to move away from an endless struggle with insomnia
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by Martin Reed, Martin Reed, MEd, CHES®, CCSH
9M ago
Gerry struggled with sleep for decades. The more he struggled, the more effort he put into sleep, and the more effort he put into sleep, the more he struggled. Eventually, Gerry realized that trying to make sleep happen was only making things even more difficult. With this realization, Gerry changed his approach. Instead of trying to force sleep, he practiced being kinder to himself when insomnia... Source ..read more
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How Anne-Claire moved away from the insomnia struggle by practicing new habits and being more willing to experience insomnia (#51)
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by Martin Reed, Martin Reed, MEd, CHES®, CCSH
10M ago
As a business owner, Anne-Claire began overextending herself and her sleep started to suffer. She reduced her workload and experimented with supplements and medication but her sleep seemed to get even worse. After deciding that she didn’t want to continue using medication, Anne-Claire began to explore whether changing her approach to sleep and her response to insomnia might be helpful. Source ..read more
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How Jessy separated herself from her thoughts, moved away from medication, and transformed her relationship with sleep (#50)
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by Martin Reed, Martin Reed, MEd, CHES®, CCSH
11M ago
The stress of COVID and the breakup of Jessy’s community created a period of sleep disruption that she couldn’t shake off, no matter how hard she tried. At first, she found it really hard to fall asleep and soon after that she started to wake during the night and found it hard to fall back to sleep, too. Difficult nights became more frequent — at first they would show up just once a week... Source ..read more
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How Maria faced the fear of insomnia by allowing it to exist and discovered that all its power came from how she responded to it (#49)
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by Martin Reed, Martin Reed, MEd, CHES®, CCSH
1y ago
A couple of years ago, Maria experienced anxiety and panic attacks. When she didn’t sleep for over 72 hours, she felt that something was wrong with her. She feared that the chemistry of her brain had changed and her days became dominated by sleep-related thoughts and worries. Medication didn’t seem to help. Maria felt lonely, confused, and afraid. She felt that she couldn’t even leave the house... Source ..read more
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