inability to sleep [Latin in- not + somnus sleep]

I was out a few days ago with a friend of mine I haven’t met for quite a long time. She didn’t look too good and I started to worry about her.

Let’s just say she’s not the same energetic and positive person she used to be. She’s tired, unproductive and can even get very grumpy sometimes.

I should have known the reason.

She’s been having sleeping problems.

Stress from Work

Making Ends Meet and Paying the Bills in the Midst of this Harsh Economic Crisis


Dealing with the Loss of a Loved One

They’ve all taken a toll on her.

The good news is, she’s not the only one going through this. In fact, after going through many recent emails from all of you, I noticed a clear trend.

She’s not alone. YOU are not alone.

One of the top problems many of you seem to be facing is sleep deprivation.

The following article in the New York Times sheds more light on our challenge:

An estimated 30 million Americans wrestle with chronic insomnia. Many suffer in silence. A 2005 National Sleep Foundation survey found that only one-third of patients with insomnia were asked by their primary care physicians about the quality of their sleep. Insomnia sufferers are equally unlikely to raise the issue with their doctors, studies show. And that’s too bad, experts say.

Remedies to help people fall asleep have been around for centuries, from laudanum in the 1800s to barbiturates more recently. “Unfortunately, most of them were addictive and potentially deadly,” said Dr. David Neubauer, associate director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore. “The history of sleep medications is really a tale of improving safety.”

As you can see, this isn’t a pleasant situation to be stuck in. That’s why I spoke to Laura and convinced her to take time off her busy schedule to give some urgent attention to this.

If You’re Suffering from Sleep Deprivation and Insomnia, I Want To Help You, BUT…

… I need your help first.

Please tell me:

  1. How bad the situation is for you?
  2. How are you dealing with it?
  3. How many hours of sleep do you manage to get everynight?
  4. Is it good, quality sleep, or interrupted?

Your answers will help Laura craft a way for you to leverage The Silva Method more effectively to deal with your sleeping problems.

I’ve seen my friend and I now know how terrible insomnia and sleep deprivation can be.

Pills from greedy pharamceutical companies will only get you so far.

Please share your answers in the comments section.

Better and better,


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  1. Asma November 11, 2008 at 1:50 pm #

    Hey, thanks for helping the insomniacs!
    I practice relaxation techniques often as well as EFT. Doesn’t always work for me especially when I am preoccupied.
    I get a frequently interrupted sleep.
    I sleep around 6 hours.

  2. Beryl November 11, 2008 at 1:53 pm #

    Sometimes it feels bad, but I’ve discovered that I make up for sleep loss in one way or anotherm at one time or another. I’ve also discovered that it doesn’t matter as much as I fear, because somehow I keep going as much as I need to. Then I SLEEP!
    I try to live by the clock – stay up past being sleepy until bedtime on the clock. Otherwise, I may wake up at 2 am and be up for the day. Maybe my body isn’t geared for 24 hour days, but … so that’s life.
    I stop thinking,, try to empty my mind.
    I also find that lsitening to TV invariably puts me to sleep – the problem is that the TV wakes me up later. Listening to tapes is good because when they end, they end and don’t wake me up after a few hours.
    I get 7 to 8 hours of sleep in 24 hours, some of it in the daytime. I have that leisure in my life.
    Thinking about something usually leads to sleep problems. Turn the conscious brain off is wise, but I don’t always want to and decide not to. Then I pay. Often, I later feel that my thinking is not useful at night, but it seems important tome at the time.
    Sometimes it just seems that energy in my body is in high gear, and sometimes it works best to just get up and DO what I’m thinking about doing. Getting something finished or completed helps.

  3. eti November 11, 2008 at 4:34 pm #

    or i can’t go to sleep until 4am or if i fall a sleep i get up in two houre

  4. eti November 11, 2008 at 4:35 pm #

    what do you think i should do? i don’t want to take no sleeping peel

  5. Jerry November 11, 2008 at 5:45 pm #

    I have been plagued by insomnia for the last 15 years, have tried your relaxation tapes that will help me go to sleep but I do not stay asleep. The only answer that I have that works fairly well is Ambien. If anybody has any suggestions I would like to have them.

  6. Lane Andresen November 11, 2008 at 8:33 pm #

    How bad the situation is for you? very
    How are you dealing with it? Drugs, herbal remedies, doesnt really help.
    How many hours of sleep do you manage to get everynight? 3-4
    Is it good, quality sleep, or interrupted? no, I always toss and turn, wake up frequently, roam around, try everything to fall asleep.
    It has been going on for 15years. It’s taking it’s toll on my body and life.

  7. Nuala Pinson November 11, 2008 at 11:10 pm #

    As a psychologist I know this is s a major problem. In 2005 I created a CD
    with relaxation, reassuring and positive little poems and Celtic music.
    Would you believe it’s called Sound Sleep!

  8. Sue S. November 11, 2008 at 11:21 pm #

    The cause of my isomnia was my husband’s snorning and irregular hours. He stays up later and gets up earlier than I do.

    The downturn in the stock market has been horrible for us as we are retired. I did not listen to that little voice saying get out of the market.

    I have a continual uneasiness because of a long-term relationship he was in while married to me. His double life; two households. Each of us was told the other was an employee. We are still married. When I told my children about this, I was attacked by my husband and two children. Delussional and they further said I was making it all up, so they had me tested for anxiety and depression. I’m now on anti-depressants.

    Some of the insominia is caused by menopause hormonal changes as I am not taking HRT but I am taking an herbal supplement.

    Another cause of insomnia about 10 years ago, I was in a hostile work environment that I had no idea how to deal with. I had no support network to use as a sounding board and my husband was “busy”. A coworker was caught in my house by the police and everyone in the office disappeared so I couldn’t go down to the police station. All in it together. That is only one incident. This same coworker that was caught in my house is the one that told me about my husband’s other household.

    My family abused me on several levels when I was a child. I feel other people can see and feel this in me and sometimes enjoy getting their digs in or come in for the attack. A man who hires people who have been discriminated against over the long term said I would never overcome this. All I could do was deal with the situations as they came up.

    I am now in with a group of women who are nuturing. For the most part there isn’t the competition among us as there is with younger women.

    Most of the time I’m too nervous and distracted to use the Silva Method although I did go through the basic tape program, reread the book, and started practicing on healing a few years ago.

    As you can see, my insomnia is complicated. New situations or anticipation of uncomfortable situations will trigger the lack of sleep. The most recent was working at the election polls. I couldn’t sleep nor stay asleep 3 nights prior to and election night. This seemed to be consistant through friends who also worked the polls. So it wasn’t just me.

    My family pressing me into medication left me feeling betrayed and unable to trust them with my feelings. I weighed my options and concluded to remain where I am as I am at an age where starting over would be difficult and the emotional toll tremendous. I will let God sort all this out.

  9. Nick November 11, 2008 at 11:27 pm #

    I don’t sleep well. I find by going to bed late, I’m more likely to sleep more. Initially I drop off fairly quickly, though after a couple of hours sleep, I’m thumping my pillows again. Then, I’m awake about 5.30 in a semi comatose state until it’s time to get up.

    A side effect of my sleep deprivation is when I’m driving longer distances, there’s a danger of inattention behind the wheel. Also I resort to drinking Red Bull, which I know isn’t good for me, but it does do the job, short term.

  10. jan November 12, 2008 at 12:31 am #

    question 1: it has been fragmented sleep for the past 14 years- external reasons created the sleep disturbance such that i would wake up without the external stimuli or not.
    question 2: i routinely listen to relaxation exercises such as the long relax to first go to sleep but once i wake up…that is when the problems start as i may or may not fall back to sleep.
    question 3 the amount of sleep i may get depends totally on my ability or lack there of to fall asleep…as an average tho….5-6 hours-always interuppted.

  11. Michael Jakubowski November 12, 2008 at 2:34 am #

    1st: I get up at 5:30 when the alarm clock wakes me. 1+ hour drive to work, 10 hours day (plus 30mins lunch), then 1 1/2 hours drive home. Bed at 10:30 or 11. By Thursday I’m exhausted. Friday I’m off but sleep/lolly-gag to catch up.
    2nd: feel run down all week, partly (perhaps/probably) because I hate my job as it changed 4 years ago. No stress, just boring.
    3rd: I want to be teaching Kung Fu but too tired to train and out of shape
    4th: had heart problem 3 years ago-hit by virus that swelled 1/2 heart and now on meds that slow me down and gained 25-30 pounds
    5th: wake up around 3 and/or 4am then awake for 1+ hours. Sometimes I don’t fall asleep until 5 am. This is most frequent during work week which tells me it’s about work. NOTE: I do my own dream analysis on them and it is usually about life in general.

  12. Debbe November 12, 2008 at 2:45 am #

    1. I don’t ever remember sleeping a whole night without waking up many times even as a child. It sometimes gets very bad. There are times when I only get 1-2 hrs of sleep a night. Sometimes I lay in bed for hours before I can even fall asleep.
    2. I have tried everything. I have a perscription for ambien and rozeram and lunesta. Lunesta worked for about a week and then by body just got use to it and it didn’t work anymore. but even when it did work – I still woke up every 2 hours. Ambien makes me jittery and I woke up every hour. I couldn’t fall asleep with Rozeram at all. I have also tired melatonin and some herbal remedies. Sometimes I’ll take a sleeping pill -only to wake up a nour later and get so frustrated whe I can’t fall back to sleep for ours that I will take a bunch of herbal things – fall saleep around 4:00 am only to wake up for work at 6:30 feeling lousy.

    3. Sometimes I manage to sleep 4 -5 hours Other times I sleep only 1-2 hours

    4. It is alway interrupted sleep. I ususaly wake up evry 1-2 hours.

  13. Caroline November 12, 2008 at 3:07 am #

    1. How bad the situation is for you?

    Sometimes, maybe about once a month, I just can’t sleep easily at all.

    2. How are you dealing with it?

    I just lie there and wait and hope I can sleep.

    3. How many hours of sleep do you manage to get everynight?

    Around about 8 or so hours, I guess.

    4. Is it good, quality sleep, or interrupted?

    I always wake up at least once in the night, usually an hour or two after I first get to sleep, but I normally get to sleep okay afterwards. Sometimes it’s twice a night, but that’s rare, mostly when I have a night of insomnia I’ll sleep and wake and sleep and wake, and wake up too early before my alarm goes off.

  14. Janice November 12, 2008 at 3:13 am #

    Have had sleep problem for years. With help of Silva, got off sleeping pills, after 8 years of using, in May this year. I have the Silva Life System and have tried the count down method to help me get to sleep. I often go to sleep with the long relax but invariably waken at the end. I don’t like to sleep when listening to the meditation exercises as I understand that the programing does not work when sleeping and I generally strain to stay awake if doing mental imaging exercises.

    I have tried to use my councilors to find sleeping medications in the laboratory but thus far we haven’t come up with any solutions.

    I have a problem with frequent urination that wakes me every two hours. This is only a dire problem if I am unable to fall asleep once awake. This often happens. I have tried the glass of water technique to ask my body how to solve the frequent urination problem. I have been on several medications for overactive bladder, but this truly is not how I diagnose my frequency situation – thus my quest for asking the body for an answer.

    In summary I am in bed (terrific sleep hygiene!) at 10 sharp every night and try to stay there until 6:30AM. I waken every two hours, sometimes more frequently. If I cannot get back to sleep, I try meditation exercises without the tapes. Often however, my situation is that I cannot stop moving about and cannot concentrate on meditating.

    What may help me is a mediation tape that does not wake one at the end with the suggestion that I will feel wide awake and alert, but with a message that I will enjoy restful restorative sleep until I wake rested and ready for the day.

    Thanks for the time to think about his. One of my current goals is to finally attain restful restorative sleep. I know that with a rested body and mind my creativity and spiritual connection to all that is would soar.

  15. Zach Kong November 12, 2008 at 3:14 am #

    I personally have not suffered from chronic insomnia, however, undeniably, I do have my own share of sleepless nights where I would toss and turn in bed.

    Being a student of Silva Method, I have learnt about the sleeping method technique where I’ll count from 99 – 0 using the blackboard method. I must say that it sometimes works very well.

    However, it certainly does not work all the times, especially when I have somethings in my mind. I just cannot concentrate on the exercise, neither the alpha entering exercise.

    Very easily, my attention will be shifted to the thoughts that have been bothering me in the day while performing the exercise.

    Another possible reason was the presence of external noises. The area outside my house is often populated with stray cats and in the night, when the crowd subsides, the stray cats will come out and own the streets, making funny noises.

    Just for your information, as I am not a chronic insomnia patient, I am not on any sort of medication.

  16. gerry kroes November 12, 2008 at 3:29 am #

    I ran a motel for 18 years. Often difficult to go to sleep because expectation that nightbell would ring. Could not go to sleep without listening to religious/spiritual tapes. Therefore did not mind sleeplessness that much because I liked listening to the tapes.
    Use long relaxing tape often…but even though it might get me to sleep it does not prevent the irregularity. Sleep between 6-8 hours.

    I am retired and not very active….because the insomnia saps me of strength. I know what I have to do…more walking..get away from computer etc….but I do kind of enjoy this lazy lifestyle after 50 years of hard work.

  17. Esther November 12, 2008 at 3:46 am #

    1. How bad the situation is for you?
    Its been on going for at least two months, I go to sleep around 2:30-3am and wake up at 7am.
    2. How are you dealing with it?
    I haven’t really been dealing with it..I just have resigned myself to the fact that I can’t sleep..oh yes and I have been drinking double shot espresso’s to try to energize in the mornings.
    3. How many hours of sleep do you manage to get everynight?
    between 4 1/2 -5 hours if sleep.
    4. Is it good, quality sleep, or interrupted?
    Sometimes I feel as if I didnt sleep at all. As if I was awake and just trying to sleep..then I noticed that lately I haven’t been dreaming much, or when I do its something weird like being in several tornadoes, or my husband is cheating on me with another woman or women and he tells me the names of the women he is cheating with.

  18. Tony Groot November 12, 2008 at 3:53 am #

    I have no trouble sleeping for 7- 8 hours
    Thank you

  19. hs November 12, 2008 at 4:16 am #

    no matter how tired I feel I usually can’t fall asleep until around 2 AM and then I have to get up for work at 7 AM. So about 5 hours a night.
    When I finally fall asleep I usually sleep through the night, but getting up in the morning is so difficult because I am always so exhausted.

  20. Tapsa November 12, 2008 at 4:31 am #

    I am on a new country worrying about money and house. I HAD enormous problems with sleeping. I have always been able to sleep before this. I used Sedona Method, and in a few days I finished worrying about those problems. What was a HUGE problem before is not a problem anymore. Desperation feelings disappeared…Used Silva Method to get back on touch then.

  21. Art Fuller November 12, 2008 at 4:35 am #

    I sleep normally for 1 1/2 hours, if go to be after 11:30 PM. Then I am up every hour for the bathroom. If I go to be before 11:30 I am wide awake at !:30 0r 2 am and stay awake for 2 – 3 hours.

    I use the Silva Sleep technique to go to sleep the first time, but it seldom works for my early morning attempts. Often, then, during the day when I do the centering technique I will go off to sleep and this helps to make up for loss of sleep, but does nothing to accomplish my goals for the centering exercises.

  22. Kim November 12, 2008 at 4:35 am #

    I am in my mid fifties and have never slept well in this lifetime. My typical pattern has been to lie awake until I just begin to sense the glow of dawn. Then to sleep until around ten or eleven in the morning. I have a schedule now in which I can no longer sleep in in the morning so have found that muscle relaxants help, although leaving me groggy until a full twelve hours have passed after taking. To be sleep deprived for me is to be exceedingly forgetful, often tearful, sometimes agitated and with a headache. I become very reclusive as I don’t trust myself to think clearly or be safe. I hope this helps.

  23. Kathy November 12, 2008 at 4:35 am #

    Michael, Find a way to ease into what you’re passionate about, and the rest will fall into place. Even if you just volunteer to assist with a class for children (or adults)…maybe you’d be inspired enough to turn it all around so you could be the teacher.
    You can use the Silva Method to effectively and effortlessly accomplish this, but part of it is to also take a step in the direction you want to go no matter how tired you are when you take that first step.
    The energy AND healing comes when you are passionate about what you are doing.
    Saturday classes are popular!

  24. Yeo November 12, 2008 at 4:45 am #

    I have sufferred from severe sleep problem for many years, until after I took up a basic course in The Silva Method about 10 years ago, and since then I am able to virtually “turn-off” my built-in clock, and taking absolute control of my sleeping time, and I must say, my health improve dramatically. I am still doing it, i.e. counting down from 10 to 1 and telling myself that I am now at Alpha level and I am going to sleep at this level, and I will wake up fresh, better than before, in perfect health condition, no headache, blood pressure 120/60
    I have since stop taking beta-blocker for hypertension, and enjoying good health, never better, and with an even strong mental concentration to thin, read and write with ease, which was impossible before I took up The Silva Method basic course.

  25. Jenifer November 12, 2008 at 4:45 am #

    My mother & I (we do not live together) both suffer from what she calls “doughnut nights”. Big holes in the middle.

    I’m a slow sleeper, it takes a while, but I usually do get to sleep & generally, I rest well. However, more often than not, I only sleep a couple of hours & wake up fully alert, but if I stay up, it won’t get me through the workday.

    I’m up then for typically 2-3 hours before being able to get back to sleep. I’ve come to accept it, so I get up & do something until I feel tired again. When I finally doze back off, my sleep is again sound.

    I’m nervous about sleeping through my alarm due to being so tired; as a result, I’ve gotten in the habit of setting multiple alarms. :(

    When the alarms go off, it is so hard to drag myself out of bed that it all too often puts me in danger of running late to work. So far, I’ve made it, often by the skin of my teeth, but on time none-the-less.

    My other much less frequent problem is of being exhausted but unable to get to sleep at all until many hours past my bedtime. Once I do, I occasionally still have a doughnut night.

  26. sandi November 12, 2008 at 4:53 am #

    1. How bad the situation is for you?
    I would say it’s pretty bad. I have a 2 year old daughter, and rarely have energy to really spend the quality of time with her that I wish I could. I also am very irritable and angry when she wakes me up sometimes. I am often irritable and angry with her when I haven’t slept well, which is fairly regularly, especially around my period. The insomnia is even worse at that time than usual.

    2. How are you dealing with it?
    Just getting on with life the best I can. It is what it is. I try various things, and some nights it works, some nights it doesn’t. I have the life course, and have been trying to count myself down to sleep. My mind wanders, though, and I soon find myself lost again in the mouse wheel of zooming thoughts. I am trying to persist, as I have tried to persist before, but so far, it’s still a problem (4 weeks now). I sometimes have success by playing some nature sounds or soft music, but this fails because it keeps my husband up, or I have to wear a headset, which is uncomfortable.

    All of these techniques, unfortunately, require that I lay on my back to go to sleep (headset doesn’t work on your side, and my concentration is even more poor on my side, as well). When I fall asleep on my back, I wake up soon after I get to sleep with an aching back. The rest of the night is spent with my back throbbing in pain.

    I have tried melatonin. That really helped me to sleep well, but it also left me groggy and tired in the morning, not wanting to get out of bed, so I finally abandoned it.

    I’ve even tried programming during my sessions with, “MyHusband’s snoring helps me fall into a deeper sleep. I find it rhythmic and soothing. His snoring helps me to feel safe and protected.” So far, this doesn’t appear to have helped. It is still extremely disruptive to me and difficult for me to get to sleep with it in my ear practically.

    Please don’t misunderstand, I love my husband, and refuse to sleep away from him. In part because the amount of sleep difference is minimal. I’m not blaming my insomnia on his snoring, through I think it does contribute to exacerbating it since I DO have it.

    3. How many hours of sleep do you manage to get everynight?
    It’s hard to estimate, but I usually get to sleep around 2 am, sometimes earlier, sometimes later. It’s not very routine, even though I do have a routine of when I go to bed and get up. My daughter gets me up every day at 5:30 am, and goes back to bed. Then we get up for the day at 7:30 am. I usually go back to sleep after the 5:30 wakeup just about at 7 am- earlier if my husband isn’t snoring as loudly that morning.

    4. Is it good, quality sleep, or interrupted?
    Restless, interrupted, usually accompanied by back pain, waking up from my husband’s snoring, hyper-alertness to sounds my daughter makes, hyper-alertness to other sounds around us outside. I am a very light sleeper, it takes very little to wake me up, and I often wake up with adrenline rush when I do wake up. So once I’ve been awakened by something like snoring or sounds from my daughter’s room, or house creaking in a suspicious manner (was that footsteps on the roof?! did the door just open?! Was that OUR car door?!), it takes me a very long time to get back to sleep.

    I love my husband very much, but he often complains that he has insomnia, and that it takes him a long time to get to sleep. He’s usually asleep within 15 minutes of coming to bed, while I watch the minutes, and the hours, tick tock past on the digital clock. Sometimes I think that some folks don’t really understand what insomnia is.

    I try not to get up when I wake up during the night, but there are some nights when the monotany of trying to go back to sleep drives me to go find something to do. Watching hour after hour tick past is simply not fun, especially when you feel tired but your body / mind / whatever simply refuses to cooperate with the blissful folds of sleep.

    Something that I would like to bring up/mention, if I may. I have read many interesting books/ methods on lucid dreaming. This is something I’d VERY much like to do. But it’s also something that I’ve learned is outside of my grasp both because I am a mother, and because I’m an insomniac. I’d love to have help in realizing my dream… of consistent lucid dreaming.

    Thanks for looking into this.

  27. Christopher Droze November 12, 2008 at 4:54 am #

    I’ve tried many methods. Subliminal, hypnosis, harmonics, magnetic, sensory deprivation, marijuana, ultra-sonic, self-help books, meditation etc. I’ve not been able to achieve inner peace. I’m hyper-active (ADD) yet functional. I get about 3-4 hours of inconsistent sleep (1/2 hour nap-1 hour awake) Ambien tried to force me to sleep, but my body fought it. Ritalin is a joke (felt like a foggy illusion) I just can’t seem to slow my mind down to relax.


  28. Frankie November 12, 2008 at 4:57 am #

    I have been journaling my sleep problem since last June and seeing a psychologist at a sleep center since Oct 1. He has me on a schedule trying to normalize my sleep, but it is not working, and my recent attempts to use my Silva training to fall asleep have been uneven. I have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. It can take anywhere from 10 minutes to four hours each time I have to fall asleep. If I wake up three times that means there are three times when I may take hours to fall back asleep, or only a few minutes. The schedule he has me on has me getting only around six hours sleep a night because I am restricted to certain hours. I have always had insomnia problems and been a night owl. This is the most serious and long-lived insomnia plague I have had to date. I lost my job in December and by February was aware of disruptions. Previous to losing my job I was doing great–the best I had ever been able to sleep. I should probably also mention that I am female and past menopause. I am still unemployed. Any ideas on how to resolve this will be gratefully appreciated!! Thank you for being willing to address this issue.

  29. Lincoln Ord November 12, 2008 at 5:02 am #

    Hi Jill
    First of all, thanks for caring and staying in touch, even when I couldn’t reply. I guess what I miss the most is being able to be a vibrant person throughout the whole day, instead of running out of steam several times a day. A lethargic person produces a lethargic personality which most people avoid. The past has presented some problems for me, my father was abusive toward our family, he was diagnosed with Bipolar and I have been also diagnosed since. Whilst fighting my way back from that I have been in a strenuous relationship with my wife untill just recently when she too found a problem that has been since corrected. Also during this time, we have had three beautiful children, all girls aged 4 and 2 x 18 months. Just recently immunised, once again I’m awake till late with fussing children. I deal with this usually by drinking alot of coke or other energy drinks which usually give me about half an hour relief before I come crashing down to earth again. On the weekends I tend to sink at about lunch time and sleep for 2 hours or so, which usually allows me to make it through the next week without too many struggles. On average I achieve about 4 – 5 hours broken sleep, whether it be from the children crying in the night, the cat wanting to go out ( she bats me on the nose ’til I wake! ) or continuous uncomfortable sleep because one of the little ones has taken up residence for the night in our bed. Because of this, it feels like I’m destroying my ability to move ahead with any sort of speed in my life, and I’m not able to engage and love my wife the way I should be.

  30. sandi November 12, 2008 at 5:04 am #

    I thought I would add… I often wake up from a “sound sleep,” and remember the chatter my mind was doing nonstop while I was ASLEEP! So even when I’m asleep, I know my mind chatters on and on, because I often remember it when something awakens me. It’s different from dreaming, too… there’s no visual or emotional content with it, it’s just mind chatter.

    It’s hard to explain, but I KNOW I was asleep, and I KNOW I just woke up… and yet I also know I was just mindchattering away in my sleep.

    By the way, this is not restful. Not at all. It’s almost like my body finally just says to the brain/ mind, “forget you, I’m going to sleep, like it or lump it!” But my mind says, “I need to do laundry. I wonder if I can get the laundry done tomorrow, or if it’ll take…. blah blah blah blah. I really should be trying to meditate right now. It would be smart. It would help me sleep. I think I’ll meditate now. What was I just thinking I was going to do? Oh yeah, laundry. No, that was a long time ago. It was meditation. Oh yeah, I am going to meditate. Did you know the peregrine falcon is the fastest animal on earth?”

    Like… who am I even talking to? But when I’m asleep but mind-awake, it’s like I’m having a conversation with someone who’s listening but not responding.

    I’m sure I over-explained that, but maybe it will help you somewhat. Or not. Oh, look, this is pretty much what the conversation I might have in my sleep might go like! :D

  31. Ava November 12, 2008 at 5:08 am #

    Since I started my business recently I have been having a difficult time sleeping, with all of the anxiety of the current climate economically. My parents are very concerned, and always air their concerns and are continuously negative and fearful, which I try not to buy into but it doesn’t really help very much. Also, my father has been very unwell in these past 6 months and I am very worried about him.

    I found initially that the meditation, 321 technique worked an absolute dream, but I have faltered with that and I think I need to be much more diligent with it, but since I feel so tired all the time I am finding it hard to meditate as I keep falling asleep.

    I also suffer from allergies, and this year has been the worst, so I just am not feeling well or happy at all.

    I really feel the difference when I am not sleeping properly as I am feeling grumpy and quite foggy in my mind most of the time, which is normally unlike me.

    It would be wonderful to have some help with this as my productivity has really dropped.

    Thanks and blessings.

  32. Masha November 12, 2008 at 5:27 am #

    1. How bad the situation is for you? In the middle
    2. How are you dealing with it? Just dealing with it
    3. How many hours of sleep do you manage to get everynight? 3-4
    4. Is it good, quality sleep, or interrupted? pretty bad kind, like if you just wanted to lay down, and never fell asleep

    I’m not really sure whether this is or isn’t insomnia, ( i’ve had an over active thyroid before, so i know that affected sleep) i know sleep isn’t something that happens for me often, but thats okay, i wake up in the morning without being too tired. I’m 16, so i know i should get more sleep then this. Just a few tips on how to sleep better would be nice :)
    take care,

  33. Theresa Guadagna November 12, 2008 at 5:37 am #

    How bad the situation is for you?
    I sleep 3-4hrs a day but wake every hour. I cant seem to get my brain to stop thinking, its BAD. Now I am going to try going to the gym right after work at 7am and see if that will help. I work 3rd shift 11pm-7am

    How are you dealing with it?
    sometimes have to take benadry, pray, think of one word, relaxation, mediation, its my brain it will not stop. I work home care and I am alon all night. I listen to different lectures, read, study but theres noone around.

    How many hours of sleep do you manage to get everynight?

    Is it good, quality sleep, or interrupted?

  34. mcgdogmc November 12, 2008 at 6:43 am #

    I sleep early at 8pm-4or5am, and sometimes I can have a small nap after lunch but somedays I just let my work takeover until sleeping time which is usually 8-9pm

  35. johnnd November 12, 2008 at 7:13 am #

    I have suffred for 20+ years from Myaligic Ensepholitis , ME for short version and symptoms more commonly known as Chronic fatigue SYndrome. I would tend to sleep 4 out of seven days. SOme days 24 hrs at a time through to straight 3 days.
    With the Chronic Fatigue ( and four strokes over 25 yrs and THEHEADACHES ! The HEADACHES !) came insomnia the other nights.
    Unable to calm the mind and still the soul. A few weeks ago a strated on Lifewave pain releif. 12 hr wearing of the “pain releif Patches” all ove pain gone now four weeks of BLISS !!
    Headach pain gone. Other injury pains gone. Now I cant sleep except out of exhaustion. Sleeping pills. 2 at a time only 4 hrs sleep and not deep regeneration sleep. Just floating sleep. Changed the sleep patch use from night time wear to day time wear to faciliatte mediattion. Now I can peacefully listen to the Silva Mediattion. Results are now manifesting. Still the pain, think clearer.Active agitated tjhinking use the Lifewave Sleep patches day time for “getting into” the quiet minds state for mediattion.
    Twice a week use the patches as suggested to get the “sleep” meridians active and encourageing the body to produce natural endorphins.
    Beware the side effects. Reduce the pain and think clearer. Use the body’s natural meridians activation with the Lifewave Patches to raise the inner light frequencies and make the “connections” as described and advised in the Silav Mind methods. Calm the mind and achieve your hearts desire because the active mind is in the way and does lead to future and past thinking. Calm the mind, the thinking, and be at peace and watch the furture unfold while the past memories realign as memories holding the experience. anmd then be in the NOW. Its taken me 20 years and a second broken marriage and active Chronic Fatigue, and 4th stroke to get me to stop and feel the present and how I got here and sort out that future that “i now really want. AND then let go and come back to the present, and get on with today. Which is pain free and clear thinking and peaceful fulfilling daily meditation.
    Excuse the typo’s, if any, also dyslexic.

  36. JerryC November 12, 2008 at 7:27 am #

    How bad the situation is for you?
    NOT! Some Silva relaxsation, a lot of Self Hypnosis from a book by William Hewitt
    How are you dealing with it?
    3 to 1 or one of several techniques from Self Hynosis books
    How many hours of sleep do you manage to get everynight?
    8, wonderful, relaxing, totally reguvinating hours of restfull, relaxing sleep, what else would I request?
    Is it good, quality sleep, or interrupted?
    Occasionally it’s interupted, deal with it, that’s what we study for, get a drug free program and get a great nights sleep.

    Everyone wants a miracle, create it in your mind and enjoy.

  37. Kevin O`Callaghan November 12, 2008 at 9:08 am #

    Hi l have insomnia for over 20 years now and l have got more relaxation cds but they do not work for me but if l take sleeping pill l will get 5 good hours sleep( but is it) but l do not like taking them most nights l get around 3 to 4 hours sleep and thats on a good night and on top of all that my wife snores can anyone help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  38. Bridget Mc Clure-Jones November 12, 2008 at 9:33 am #

    Hello Laura
    Yes I’m suffering with sleep deprivation currently. I have had a vral infection since Sept which wont go away. I started an Holistic course in Sept which is marvellous but all the treatments we do on each other seem to be keeping me in a state of unwellness. I sleep 4 -5 hours a night and then wake up, followed by broken sleep. The sleep I get is not good quality as I feel tired when I get up. I used to bounce out of bed in the morning, now I crawl out of bed!!!

    I will go to bed for a few hours in the day if I can, or even snatch a 20 minute cat nap to help with the fatigue. I would love to have 8 hours uninterupted sleep to help my mind and body heal appropriatly.

    I was ill from Feb 08 -Nov 08 as I suffer with reccurrent depressive disoder. I started to become well in the Nov 09 but did not return to work as I was still not fit. I was a nurse in the NHS. I have since given up my 24yers nurse carreer and opted to go down the route of Holistics.

    I hope this is enough info to get some advise. Please do not hesitate to ask me any further questions

    Best wishes

    Bridget Mc Clure-Jones

  39. monzie November 12, 2008 at 10:18 am #

    I have no problems getting to sleep now, I read untill I fall, but I just cannot stay asleep I wake up between 10 and 20 time per night and inbetween I have terrible nightmares or anxiety dreams untill I wake, I have no energy for anything and as soon as I relax I fall asleep (for 20 minutes!) Very frustrating so very tired all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. Kenneth November 12, 2008 at 10:26 am #

    I have suffer with this curse for about eight years and has slept with a unit that is very uncomfortable. Finally two years I decided it was not worth it and just stopped using the unit.

    Last month the nurse practioner told me that I would have to resume of possible die in my sleep. Of course I have not started back yet and I am not aware of the number of times I awake nor stop breathing.

    I would like your help.

  41. Moonlight November 12, 2008 at 11:23 am #

    Hello! Been going through my inbox and I found this, and I must say, it’s definitely relevant.

    I have been sleep-deprived for all fifteen-and-a-half years of my life. But I can assure you that it’s not from normal reasons. I have a rather bad and unexplainable case of tinnitus, and as a result lie in bed at night desperately trying to sleep, but the constant ringing in my ears (and sometimes it gets louder than other times, too) stops me. Once I finally do get to sleep, I just can’t sleep any longer than six hours, if that, as a general rule. While this is great for getting up early and it feels as though my body has adapted to survive and function perfectly on that amount of sleep. What I’m worried about is that it can’t possibly be healthy for me.

    I can’t deal with it. See, the problem with tinnitus, while bad sometimes and a bit quieter others, is that it’s always going to be there, especially since I have the unexplainable type that is really probably going to remain there for the rest of my life, or so I have been told.

    The quality of my sleep can vary. In the Winter, it’s generally uninterupted unless from an outside cause. But see, in the Summer (and here I’d just like to note, this is coming from Australia. So in Summer, even at night, the heat is excruciatingly warm) it is quite often broken, with me waking up two or three times a night – and if it’s too close to the sun coming up, I can basically give up on getting anymore sleep at all.

    Please help. I’m not sure what the lack of sleep could do to my body, even though now it seems to be coping fine apart from the baggy eyes. Anything you can suggest I do about it?

    1. How bad the situation is for you?
    2. How are you dealing with it?
    3. How many hours of sleep do you manage to get everynight?
    4. Is it good, quality sleep, or interrupted?

  42. Rowena November 12, 2008 at 11:44 am #


    I am a mom of 3 wonderful kids. I just recently got separated from my husband. Since my first child was born, that was 8 years ago, I never got to sleep uninterrupted at night. I sleep for an average of 6 hours, sometimes less. Sometimes I wake up at 2am and it would be difficult for me to go back to sleep again.

  43. Mehl November 12, 2008 at 11:52 am #

    Hi Jill,
    I’ve suffered sleep deprivation for the last 6 years. Started with my first pregnancy, then baby took my sleep away, then worries about finances, etc, now a second pregnancy and another baby. I don’t sleep through the night, even if I have the rare opportunity. I wake up around 3am and just can’t go back to sleep. Mind struggles to be silent and races at night. I crawl out of bed in the morning, feel exhausted all day and suffer from mood swings because of it. I hope my comment will help you in some way.
    All the best!

  44. Peter November 12, 2008 at 1:08 pm #

    I have been an insomniac for about ten yrs prior to that I suffered it on and off most of my life. Have tried just about everything to no avail, the only way I can sleep is by having a glass of Bourbon which generally gives me eight hours sleep. I do not drink during the day and very seldom drink socially. I use it purely for sleeping I can only think of two explanation’s, one, when I retire I’m in fear that I will not drop off to sleep normally, and two, when I was in the Navy in the sixties we sailed through a Nuclear fall out zone in the South Pacific the Christmas Island area and shortly after I would have many sleepless night’s on and off sometimes going for many months before the insomnia would start again. As I got older the attacks became more often until I reached my late fifties when it really took hold.

  45. Sue S. November 12, 2008 at 2:17 pm #

    To anwer the questions and I track my sleep issues daily.

    1. How bad is the situation? Varies over the body’s biorythm of a month, storm fronts moving through, environmental noise.
    2. How are you dealing with it? Prescription medication as needed. I have both delayed getting to sleep and waking early. I went through a period of extreme fear when going to sleep and waking that has resolved itself. The fear also happened when napping.
    3. How many hours of sleep? 8 to 10 hours when sleeping well.
    4. Is it quality sleep or interrupted? Usually interrupted.

    Although sleep is a continual struggle, I am very blessed that I don’t have performance issues like driving long distances or beiing fully alert all day.

  46. Harry November 12, 2008 at 2:29 pm #

    I get about three hours sleep at a time, if I am lucky, otherwise I spend the time in bed just dosing off and waking up again. Although I yawn a lot during the day I am not unduly tired and have plenty of energy.
    However I must be missing out on dreaming of the kind I need. If I do a lot of exercise each day I sleep better, but that is only a rare occurrence.

    P.S. Would you please answer the many emails I have sent to you

  47. mohit chadha November 12, 2008 at 2:35 pm #

    I have had insomnia since i was a child. Used to have nightmares and stuff when I heard my parents fighting. Haven’t really learned to deal with it, just control it a little better through meditation, aromatherapy, and herbs. Some nights are better than others, just depends, but it is always difficult to get into that deep, restful sleep, no matter how many hours i sleep

  48. Carol November 12, 2008 at 2:41 pm #

    I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and spend many of my nights with severe pain waking me from a sound sleep. I also suffer from RLS which also will interfere with sleep. I cannot tolerate the side effects of many medications which I have tried.

    I have tried the Silva Method and have found some brief relief with it. Love the long relax as it allows me to go to sleep quickly, but I always am wide awake at the end when it says you will be wide awake. Guess it works! I am currently trying Burt Goldman’s mp3 on healing. It also helps for brief periods of time. What may work is the long relax without the awakening. I do love the relaxation tapes and find I am pain free for brief periods, I do sessions with my counsellors regularly but haven’t found a miracle pill.

    Any Suggestions?


  49. Barry November 12, 2008 at 4:33 pm #

    I have suffered with insomnia for about 17 years or so now. It started in my early 30′s and has got progressively worse. I would say that on average I now get about 4 hours interrupted sleep a night and it is seriously affecting my ability to concentrate for any significant period of time, which in the long term affects my ability to work well. I also find that I am more prone to mood swings which affects my relationships with other people in my life.
    I have tried all sorts of remedies and potions, some of which work for a short period of time but their effectiveness wears off after a while.
    I would love to get a decent, refreshing nights sleep.

  50. Scott November 12, 2008 at 5:27 pm #

    My insomnia is different than what I’ve heard most people complain of. I usually have no trouble getting to sleep. It’s just that I wake up way too early and then have difficulty getting back to sleep. I guess you could say my problem is not getting to sleep, but staying asleep. I have three sons and they all are about two years apart so imainge what that did to my sleep patterns. Since 02 my life has taken a dramatic and tumultuous change. Starting with employment, leading to finances and then divorce and massive changes including moving five times in four years and changing jobs at least that many times as well. I take a benadryl or a generic version os amde and usually a couple of glasses of wine before bed and that even doesn’t do the trick. I’m hypertensive as well and am not able to afford the meds to control my BP at this time.

    I often wake up too early and then fall asleep minutes before the alarm goes off. That doesn’t do much for the attitude.

  51. Miriam November 12, 2008 at 7:46 pm #

    I have read most of these replies and I can relate to some big time.
    The problem with going to sleep and staying is huge but when it stops being a problem and a way of life then it becomes manageable. For me it has gone on for years and it use to be that it was just something you had to deal with. Until It started to have an affect on the job it was something you just lived with. For years I’ve used SleepyTime Tea and aspirin. This was good for a couple of hours. Then I subsisted on Valerian and Melatonin but you end up needing more. Lack of Sleep can make you feel as though you are going insane, So going to a psychiatrist for the strong stuff was next but this of course can become addictive not to mention – you feel worse for the wear the next day and that creates another problem because then I had to use pills to stay awake during the day in order to function and back to the downers at night, and round and round you go with no end in sight. What I’m doing now is trying to get a little exercise in each day. When night rolls around a regular routine that leads to sleep, like shower, hot herbal tea, some t.v or reading and lights out at 11P.M. I still take the calm herbal tabs and sleep for about 2/3 hours. When I get up to go to the bathroom or whatever I might just read alittle until I feel sleepy again but I find that if I turn off the light I am awake so I leave it on and just go with the flow. I’ll get another 2/3 hours of sleep and counting. When again I’m awake usually about 5:00A.M.. If by then I am still unable to sleep I will put on the short/ long relax cd and will myself to relax. If I find that I am feeling calm and relaxed I just ignore the ending where they say at the count of five you will open your eyes and feel wide awake. ( Wouldn’t it be great if the people at Silva would create a long relax cd without all the explanantions about where this system came from ( we already know about Jose Silva wonderful discovery) , And if it would leave out that part at the end about being wide awake but rather ease you into rest. Now that would be awesome for us Insomniacs.
    Now if I manage 6 hours of sleep, I do not sweat the program and beat myself up. If I am tired during the day I will find some time usually 20 minutes to an hour ( lunchtime) to nap and take the edge off.
    I have come to realize that those of us who can not sleep through the night are just different. We have to catch snatches of sleep and add them up. I know that this would be hard for someone in a high pressured job where napping would be out of the question as well as finding another job less stressful, so meditate instead. It really does work because you have to slow down inside your head. It takes work but it is worth it. I am not there yet where I can sleep through the night but if I stress about it will be just one more thing to worry about so I catch snatches of sleep untill someone comes up with a better idea this is how I cope with the problem of Insomnia.

  52. May November 12, 2008 at 8:11 pm #


    I have taken two courses Life System and Ultramind but my sleep problem is still there, always tired even if i get 4-6 h. some times.
    I snore like a machine, i have done this since i was a baby. Sometimes i am so tired that i can sleep for 12 h. and still are tired.

  53. Fern Wong November 13, 2008 at 8:40 am #

    my insomnia started at the age of 50 when i menopaused. From then on, it is strictly downhill. couldn’t sleep a wink if i don’t take medication. pill helps to give me about 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep. i have been doing this for 2 years now. I tried the silva method long relaxation and visualisation while in alpha mode (or at least i think i am) last night, but i felt so tensed i couldn’t sleep at all, so went back to pop my pills at 3 pm and got 5 hours of sleep. can anyone help me please.

  54. gloria November 13, 2008 at 11:31 am #

    My insomnia varies. often i have a really hard time getting to bed at night. sometimes I cant get to sleep and seem to toss and turn all night. sometimes i can get to sleep and wake up in the middle of the night. sometimes i wake up just before 6am, other times i just cant get out of bed in the morning. sometimes i go to bed cold and wake up hot.
    sometimes it seems my mind is too active. sometimes i seem too tired at night.

    I have used melatonin, lavender, sleep tapes.
    I try to get 8 hours of sleep, often it is 6, rarely only 4.

  55. bambi November 13, 2008 at 12:48 pm #

    while I believe in the law of attraction and therefor don’t want to participate in the affirming of my problem, or read everyone elses, I am interested in the information you’ll be offering, based on this obvious need, so i am signing in. Peace to all.

  56. Cami November 13, 2008 at 8:38 pm #

    1) How bad the situation?-Well, not quite the best…I almost never sleep more than 6-7 hours per night…unless I walk in a forest, for example, for miles and miles, in fresh air and I am physically exhausted.
    2)How are you dealing with it?-Reading something positive, or watching a good movie helps me fall asleep, but then, like clockwork, I wake up after only 2-3 hours of sleep. I learned to live with it, since I do not believe 100% in taking pills, and anything else I tried( essential oils, self-hypnosis) did not improve the situation…I am over 40 and lived like that my entire mature life. I am just lucky I am not tired at all during the day, but then again, there might be other “side effects” from this lack of real good, quality sleep time.
    3)How many hours of sleep every night?- Sometimes 6-7 hours/ generally, sometimes 7-8 hours/ the best nights!
    4)Is it good, quality sleep, or interrupted? Interrupted!!! Like clockwork…from 10:30 to 1:30-2:00, awake till 2:30 more or less, asleep from 2:30 to 5:00 or 5:30, awake till 6:00 more or less, wake up at 7:00.
    I am actually a very restless sleeper, constant tossing and turning and a very light sleeper also…I can hear the slightest noise…it wakes me up.
    Thank you for your time!
    All the best to you all!

  57. Joseph Karydas November 14, 2008 at 11:28 am #

    I can’t sleep the minimum 8 hours required, it turns around 5 to 7 hrs and frequently awakening during the night, even the slightest sound will interrupt my sleep. I easily slide to the sleep state in front of a computer or a tv screen watching a program of my interest and especially in a uncomfortable sofa or position, but if I go to my bed, then insomnia begins.I’m tired and scared of sleeping pills and infusions, I want to be able to sleep naturally.Even when I’m really tired I can’t sleep well,I wake up at 5.30 am. and that’s it…What can I do? this is a desperate call,I can’t carry on this way for the rest of my life,I’m 40,still look young,still feel fit etc…etc…but I want to sleep well please!!!!!!


  58. Kalpana November 15, 2008 at 11:34 am #

    For the past 7 yrs., I have not been able to sleep soundly at all. I wake up a couple of times even if I am dog-tired and the only time I have slept was when I was hospitalised for some liver complications! I read and read and read myself to sleep and read when I wake up in the middle of the night! Books have been my passion and my savior!
    I am a restless sleeper, tossing and turning, waking up tired and listless! It has affected my concentration a lot and am unable to focus and feel tired all day long.
    I do not take any medications for this as I am scared of getting addicted.
    I do meditate now and then – and yes, it does help me feeling better but I am not able to do it everyday as I just don’t feel like doing anything much at all!
    Thank you for listening,
    God Bless you all.

  59. Quill November 15, 2008 at 3:44 pm #

    How bad the situation is for you?
    I always thought I was blessed with an ability to sleep a good 8 hours a day. Until I took up this job in a new country after my divorce.
    The difference in work styles, lack of discipline and a sense of quality, very archaic management styles and work pressure slowly pushed me to become an stressed out insomniac….for the last ONE year!
    As a result my health is deteriorated. In order to really connect with people, I started going out much more often than normal. almost 3 to 4 times every week, which ends up in having a couple of beers and hanging out late into the evening.
    I have developed acne at middle age, really feel down and depressed. don’t enjoy my work. have become irritable and withdrawn. Severe tummy upsets, heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome type of reaction.

    How are you dealing with it?
    I have tried meditation, the silva method, took energy healings, tried massage, stopped meeting those ‘beer buddies’ or going out to parties and don’t drink at all for the last 3 to 4 months….but I have a long way to go. The symptoms have subsided a bit but I feel a bit overwhelmed by this lonely journey.

    How many hours of sleep do you manage to get every-night?
    Barely 4 to 5 hours since ONE year.

    Is it good, quality sleep, or interrupted?
    Bad quality interrupted sleep…I dream a lot but wake up often or am lying in the bed till 4 in the morning and am unable to sleep.

  60. Luke November 15, 2008 at 6:41 pm #

    Dear Laura
    I sleep about 2 hours, then I’m waking up every 10 or 15 minutes untill the end of the night. I do nothing special about my sleep desorder, although I am more and more tired. By the way I’m working for about six, seven nights a month and I know it’s not very helpfull. Unfortunately, I can’t change my job right now. I’ll be very glad if You have any advise for me.
    All the best!

  61. Julius M Scott November 16, 2008 at 3:35 am #

    My Wife of 55 years is in a Nursing Home. I visit her each day and find the Nursing Home is a very depressing place. I see people there failing a little each day and then they are gone. I also see some wonderful recoverys. They bring joy to my heart but do not enough to overcome the feeling of depression caused by the deteriation of my Wife’s condition and the deteriation of the other residents of the Nursing Home. I try to keep busy to keep my mind off my Wife’s condition and other residents of the Nursing Home.

    I usually get to bed about midnight and sleep till between 4:00 and 5:00 the next day. I am a light sleeper and almost anything will wake me. I have a automatic sprinkler that comes at 4:00 am and the runing of the water will wake me. Any other noise will also wake me.

    My Wife has been in the Nursing Home over a year and one would think that I would be used to it by now; but it does not seem to get any better. I am now studying your “The Silva Ultramind ESP System” hopeing it will be some help.

  62. steve November 17, 2008 at 5:28 am #

    I wake up many times in the night and oftentimes it is accompanied by a bout of restlessness. Maybe its because my previous work which involves monitoring the fx market which runs on a 24 hours basis and also because of my prostrate problem. Despite this I don’t seem to have a problem attending to my daily chores during the day. I try to address whatever problem that I can think of that is causing the above. Here are some of the steps I have taken which I hope all of you will find helpful.
    -try to sleep before midnight while in bed I try a deep relaxation exercise for abt as long as I can usually abt 20 to 30 min
    -immediately after the exercise to turn to my favourite sleeping posture which is sleeping on the right with a pillow tucked in between the legs and left hand resting comfortably on the pillow
    -when I wake up at night I use the same technique to get back to sleep
    -to address the prostate problem. I take a tablespoon of pumpkin seeds everyday and avocado twice a week

  63. Sergio November 17, 2008 at 9:31 pm #

    1. How bad the situation is for you?
    Sometimes work related stress wakes me in the middle of the night

    2. How are you dealing with it?
    Change of attitude. Work related problems stays at work.
    Relaxation, alpha state of mind. positive thoughts.
    Tibetan proverb: “If a problem has a solution there is no need to worry about it. If there is no answer for the problem, worry will do no good.”

    3. How many hours of sleep do you manage to get everynight?
    6 -7
    4. Is it good, quality sleep, or interrupted?
    Good quality

  64. L.c. November 18, 2008 at 12:50 am #

    Well, I start by going to bed late, I mean late by 11p.m. or even midnight, like last night. It was 12:30am (a.m.) when I went to bed, and ofcourse I could not go to sleep right away, why? I was sort of waiting for my Son to come home or at least hear from him that he was ok, he seldom works nights, but last night he did, so I was worried for him and just couldn’t get to sleep. I kept looking at the clock, and looking out my bedroom door to see if I could hear him come in, but nothing, so finally I said to myself, I need to go to work tomorrow, I mean in a few hours; and I need to get some (some) sleep at least. I just could not fall asleep, I get up sometimes, other times I just lay on the bed wide awake, toss and turn, flip and flop, check the time again and again, I get tired!!! I just don’t know what to do….so I pray and begin visualizing and tell myself: I am the light, I am light, I am light….until I finally fall asleep….

  65. J.D. November 18, 2008 at 10:08 am #

    Sleep ah yes that comatose state ….I will go 2 to 4 days without sleep,
    Brain working overtime ,(many) animal care ,human care,& Mother care,,, stress from pain …most kinds..Dead serius …silly ..grumpy…loving and giving of light energy…feeling of future events and some sights.,,,hearing music …orchastras.singing,single intrumentsand all…When the music goes non harmonus ,something not pleasant happens.I will lay and listen to the music for a long time sometimes I can feel their presance close, feel what they seem like..
    3 to 6 hrs sleep mostly three when i manage it sometimes nitely about a week out of a month..about 1 or 2 day a month I will sleep very soundly too long ..been working on it.Regulation of sleeping hours for daytime hours is very hard .. I am most sleepy at noon.
    I deal with it by putting on a movie and working with my hands making different items in differnt mediums …going on the net ..enjoying quiet time….Reading a book..usually old stuff brought to light …which of course lets your brain work overtime.
    Life is so vast and interesting,intrigueing,& mesmerizing that I just do not want to miss out on even the things like ..geese flying overhead ..The bees in the garden pollinating flowers that grow into many formations .Picking vegetables ..the autum leaves ..the stars overhead …the formations of the clouds and thier meanderings.
    The oneness I feel around me without anyone actually being right there in front of me….I do not deal with others feelings & Pain well ..I feel them too deeply or find them supersillious-silly. I will help and hope I have not been an enabler but a teacher …so their gain is their own..I give the light freely and show it to those that are ready…I find the light is energizing…calming…not really sleepong material for me.

  66. ruthie Berman November 18, 2008 at 12:34 pm #

    I’m fine. My bad sleep habits are from menopause . i get up at least 2x’s a night and go right back. the nights i can’t sleep, have to do with a full moon. I try ti keep tabs on that so i take a supplement with valerian in ti, it helps.
    My plan for the economic crises is: take care of my health and my finances ( don’t spend when i don’t need to) and in both there are priorities.

  67. Ray November 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm #

    Hypnosis/Self-Hypnosis has worked well (over the years) for my clients
    with Insomonia… sure beats the medication that treats the symptoms but never gets back to the causes.

  68. Pam Bryan November 18, 2008 at 4:15 pm #

    Not falling asleep as quickly as usual (even with Reiki!) then wake up around 1:30 or 2:00, and just don’t fall back asleep for an hour up to three hours. Finally fall asleep, get a couple hours good sleep, then wake up before it is time to get up. Not refreshed, but not able to sleep in either, even on the weekend.

    Not the same all nights. Occasionally get a good night all by myself, once every ten days or so take a 1/2 sleeping pill just to catch up.

    Doing about it: give myself Reiki before bed, as much as I can in middle of night, but it does not come easily. Just started taking homeopathic from Boiron labs, for troubled states and emotions. Also 20 drops valerian before bed. Seems to help.

    Oh, also use S.A.D light at least a couple hours per day. Started late this year, just this week, so maybe did this to myself.

  69. helen eden November 18, 2008 at 4:56 pm #

    I am new to this but as I have had sleep problems in the past and do find myself wide awake when really I should be asleep, from time to time, thought I would add my twopence worth. I use the time to write out in my journal all the things that are on my mind, then I try to prioritise them and then ask for guidance and write the answers down. also I will do a relaxing yoga practice, really taking my time in the postures to breath deep and slow and focus my mind on the breath and the sensations in my body as it opens up and releases tension spots.

  70. jimbo November 18, 2008 at 5:36 pm #

    I’ve been experiencing some insomnia lately, and I would absolutely link it to our global–and my personal–economic state. I tend to fall asleep readily, but if I can’t, listening to music on headphones does the trick. More often than not nowadays, I wake up at 2 or 3 a.m. with swirling, mostly troubling thoughts. What works is to go downstairs to the sofa, turn on a light, and try to work through an advanced Sudoku puzzle. This, coupled with focus on the breath, generally works within a half-hour or so.

  71. Yohanna November 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm #

    After hearing from so many people who are in a much more uncomfortable place than I, I decided not to respond. After reading Laura’s next invite, I thought to respond for people in my currrent situation. I am post surgery (into third month) and have been using sleep aids to get through the night while I am cutting back on pain meds. I use the count-down method to relax in order to: 1. practice going into deeper meditation 2. use the time well while I am awake.. while not getting up. 3. Hope it will help the oveall healing. 4. Hope to come out of this experience with new skill and development. Besides, my doctor said there is more danger associated with sleep aid dependence (rather than pain med dependence) than I had realized. I was so afraid of any dependence that I stopped all sleep aids and thus joined the group of people who have to do something to work though this. Hope each and everyone finds something to help.

  72. Nichalus November 18, 2008 at 5:56 pm #

    I generally stay up past midnight most of the time. I often lately stay up as early in the morning as I will let myself. I have done this before. I have fixed my schedule but now that I am out of work, there is no routine to keep me on track. I generally am not going to bed before 3am, and I try to force myself to get up by 8 or 9am every day. I have six alarm clocks set in sequence to wake me up. I don’t always get up to them. A lot of times I just turn them all of and sleep till noon. I stay tired through most of the day. I know of this thing that can help that can help people sleep called transdermal magnesium, but my problem is poor self discipline and selfishness. I can say what little sleep I do get feels really good. But I am very wasteful of my time.

  73. Jennifer November 18, 2008 at 6:13 pm #

    I somehow manage to get about 6 or 7 hrs of sleep in a 24hr cycle. But, I know my body needs much more. I am the happiest when I get ten hours of sleep! May sound like a lot, but then I am able to get ALL my work done easily during the day. And, I also am able to do plenty of cardio exercise, which I love. I hate not being able to exercise. And I hate having less sleep. Everyone in my family makes fun of me. But, this is how it is. Sometimes I take a pill. Sometimes, I drink a glass of wine. Either way, it is very difficult for me to wake up in the morning.

  74. Kirk November 18, 2008 at 7:05 pm #

    Since practicing the Silva Method as I go to sleep I’ve been sleeping great. I have had sleep problems and with the mess we are in now you’d think I’d lie awake at night worrying. Not so. I’m very happy with the Silva Method. Thanks!

  75. Chris November 18, 2008 at 7:20 pm #

    I’ m feeling restless, Really don’ t want to sleep yet. Usually watch cable to help me relax. Feeling somewhat stresses cause I’ ve been out of work for 3 months now.Sometimes I take A Melatonin Instead Of drinking some beers. Now having a few drinks won’ t hurt, I don’ t Like to drink. You can’ t drink away your problems or stress for that matter. I Feel that I Powerless to change My Situation, Definitely need The Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life. Change Your Mind, Change Your Body Works too. Its a Definite Uplifting Experience, But If Anyone Thats really Have had IT- Being Sick And Tired Of Being Sick And Tired, and Really feels like that They can’ t go On. Just Focus on the Resolution Instead Of the Problem. Now I know Problems Don’ t completely go Away, But Concentrate And Focus More on the Solution And make sure You stay Away from Negative Minded People who like being Cynical. You can control Your Thoughts to a Degree, Adjust Your Thermostat In Your Mind. Check Out MillionaireBlueprint.Com, They go in detail as to Why Some people are In A Slump, Rollercoaster of Life. Its Not A YO-YO: You’ re on Your Own. Its A definite Uplifting Experience Unto Itself. Focus And Concentrate on The Good Things In life,And people. You’ ll see that being Vibrant and Cheerful does Attract Other Likeminded People In Your Life. Maybe Check out: or As well. I do believe In Change, Just Change The One Thing that does need Changing, Then Everything will Change for the Better.

  76. Cissy November 18, 2008 at 7:22 pm #

    I am awake often at night because of pain. Arthritis mostly.
    As of late I have used different supplements and herbs that I discovered from my own research. I also meditate and use affirmations. I am better and better…..

  77. stan November 18, 2008 at 8:02 pm #

    I have the gift of being able to sleep almost anywhere. But, there are times it is difficult to sleep. I read in a Silva forum to do the peg method, think of numbers and relate an object to them can take the mind off of problems or, do the sleep control exercise, it does work, I fall asleep before I get down to 90.


  78. clark Tyler Thompson November 18, 2008 at 8:11 pm #

    My sleep is irregular, due to BPH. I have been able to adjst to it, in part due to methods I used which turn out to be similar to those suggested by the Silva system!! I find so much of the Silva System is like many others I have encountered over many years! For example DIANETICS by Ron L. Hubbard inthe 1930′s & 1940′s!!! Still Silva System is a refreshing exercise and nice to know!
    The idea of the ALPHA STATE is a new and useful concept which I find is slowly developing in me as I correlate it to the others I have used. Thanks. The one problem I have, though, is the commercialization and my lack of monetary resources to fully try out the SEMINARS. Ah well, one cannot have everything yet
    Clark Tyler T.

  79. Erik November 18, 2008 at 8:15 pm #

    I have had insomnia for about fifteen years.Prescription drugs worked for a while,culminating in benzodiazapines for the last seven years or so.
    I went off benzos.’cold turkey’over a month or so and am now taking a herbal remedy(through a Naturpathic Doctor)three times a day.My sleep has improved in that I wake up less frequently,but I have experimented with the frequency of herbal remedy and find that I am awake for a long time if I only take two doses.The trouble is that I sleep a lot through the day as well.I have a history of clinical depression and have taken a MAX DOSE for close to seven years.I think I am now depressed…no motivation for doing anything.

  80. Henri November 18, 2008 at 8:48 pm #

    I think the following is related to The Curse of Sleep Deprivation:
    Unlike many other people in the above, It’s not the falling asleep when I lay in bed, that is the problem, I doze in really well, sometimes within 1 minute, I know I am really blessed! However, it’s the procrestination of going to bed that seems a really tough Habit to crack and replace. I often feel that there are so many things to do, that I did not do during the day. (I am sure it’s me that copied someone else’s conditioned behaviour of the outside World) I have realized recently, that it’s not these late hours that are very productive at all, eventhough my mind thought this for a while (Illusion!) It’s compensating behaviour: (Watching TV/PC/Writing/Reading/Courses) It’s the urly hours between 6-11 that I am at my peak level and VERY productive. Then because of my Habit I seem to be running arround in circles, as the next day I will not wake up, coused by going to bed at arround 12 at night. So as a result, feeling unfit, self-confidence going down the drain, my Mind and Body tired and sleeping patern without 2 rem sleep curves etc etc etc. So last week I have visualized and then drawn / made a Realistic week planning, Or actually more of a Strategy, for the weeks to follow, and this helps me very well to stay focussed better and better and better :-) I just hope it will stay this way. We’ll see. I will let you know. God bless, Henri

  81. Danita November 18, 2008 at 9:58 pm #

    I don’t have any sleep problems that I’m aware of. My husband often is up in the middle of the night and likes to talk to me which wakes me up. I have three young children that are 8, 5, & 2. They will awaken me if they can’t sleep, bathroom visits or bad dreams. That doesn’t happen all the time though. I believe everyone these days have some issues (financial, etc.) going on. I know that prayer helps me alot when I’m down and my husband is down. I would be glad for any suggestions you may have as far as sleep problems are concerned.

    Thank you & God bless you!

  82. Listen November 18, 2008 at 11:50 pm #

    I’m awake at dawn,
    I don’t speak a single word. What passes through my mind is only ever known through what i write,
    Deep down- I have a love for everything around, but i always keep an arms length away from it all.
    If you saw me, I could easily fit blend into a crowd of people, but the crowd would never hear me.
    even my friends, who themselves are so dear to me, and with no knowledge of my silence. They call, but I do not answer. they email me telling of their calling, I reply that my phone is playing up and that i can never hear it, and then quickly redirect the point of conversation in my replying email.
    I carry this silence- completely awake -till i can stay awake no more. Normally 3 hrs before I once again awake…
    Yes, i have suffered losses and pains- that in truth have torn at the will of a heart, but haven’t we all. the difference are only the experiences. Mine are no greater to you as yours are to mine. What keeps me awake is my silent urge to end a tormenting mind- to find the peace of sleep in my waking moments, that it now govern my life. Inside out and outside in, reversing my state of mind. I agree, no pill will alter this as it should- merely lay a bench for me to sit upon along an unknown path. I dare not allow another to get close to me, as this would have them know a pain they need not known nor i have to endure- even in mind again.
    But i want to change that, reverse my perception, inside out and reverse.
    I understand that my openness is not an enduring path of pain for another to recall, i understand that it is mine to grasp in one hand and let go with two.
    The question i ask, like many before me, is- How?

  83. Daisy Lee November 19, 2008 at 12:00 am #

    Hello, Yes I have been having a lot of trouble sleeping. i am getting desperate. It is a combination thing, so I’ll just list them. 1) TMJ. mid-back and lower back. hands feet and legs – extreme muscle cramping to the point that I have woken up with broken teeth. from clamping my jaws. 2) This is aggravated with two prongs – one – My spouse and I do a renovation business. He is not a business man but is just magic at building. Unfortunately he is a workaholic. My role is to get the jobs, deal with the customers, work all day on the site, at everything from drywalling to painting, to carpentry to siding and roofing. I am a 55 year old grandmother, so long hard labor days are sometimes tough to take. I also have to keep up with all the office work. I decided a few months ago to build my self a little website to earn a second income incase my health gives out. That has been a huge amount of work. I was getting up at 5 AM to get a couple of hours each day to work on it, I channel Angels. They are here to help heal people and the world, so I thought that making that theme into a website would help me pay my bills. I haven’t made any money yet but have sure put a lot of time into it. Usually by home-time I am pretty exhausted. I have been trying to be consistent about putting in 1/2 hour listening to Ed Berne doing the Silva Centering exercise just to help stop the pain. But the last couple of times, I haven’t been able to concentrate because I am so worried about the bills we have to pay. I am afraid of losing our business and losing our home over the woodwork shop. I know I am supposed to develop my skills with the angels but it seems like there is never enough time. In the last month or so I have lost a lot of my motivation from being tired, in pain and also feeling like the work will never end. He is not an organizer, but I am. However, he resists it when I organize the schedule. For the past two months we have been working six days a week. I got him to listen to the Silva centering exercise once. I think he may be willing to do so again. I am waiting for the Silva Home study course to come in the mail. It’s on its way. My sensory system has always been unusual. I believe it is called syntheziing which is when the different senses are all linked as interchangable functions. That in itself is confusing. I am trying to hold the line, but I am so tired of worrying about bills and accounts and how many minutes in a day there is to work. And when can I get some understanding and connection to the angels. Archangel Michael is very real and very effective. Help. Please. Daisy Lee and the Angels.

  84. Robyn November 19, 2008 at 1:46 am #

    How bad the situation is for you?
    I have sleep apnea and very restless sleep. Also, every night I wake up around 3:30 AM. I can get to sleep relatively easily, but always wake up at this time, regardless of how late/early I go to bed. I believe it started because of a child that regularly woke at that time. I usually can get back to sleep without a problem, but it makes for a very disruptive sleep cycle.
    How are you dealing with it?
    I had a sleep study done and now am on a CPAP. It helps, but doesn’t stop the 3:30 wakeup.
    How many hours of sleep do you manage to get everynight?
    I usually get a total of 6 hrs of sleep a night, though not contiguous.
    Is it good, quality sleep, or interrupted?
    Rarely of good quality. The CPAP has helped, but still interrupted. Stress can cause some of it.

  85. Mary November 19, 2008 at 3:11 am #

    I take herbs called “Happy Camper” (from Natural Balance), some 5htp (a precursor to the amino acid tryptophane and melatonin), calcium, magnesium, potassium, herbs like oat straw, camomille, etc… No coffee in the afternoon or eve.
    All that & other herbs, homeopathy, keep me safely away from drugs & total insanity.
    I usually sleep 5-8hrs but more on the short side. To stay awake, besides coffee in the morning, I take Theanine, Trader Joe’s Super Crusade Sustained Release Multiple Vit./Min., Jarrow’s Neuro Optimizer, Red Clover or Nettle Teas and, depending how hard is the reality of the day, DMAE, Bupleurum Calmative Compound, DMG, etc…
    That’s not including homeopathics like Bach’s Rescue Remedy.
    My Grandmother and Mom in Brazil, totally treated the family w/ herbs, homeopathics and good, unadulterated fresh food. I’m grateful for the knowledge and experience they’ve given me.

  86. Ahmed November 19, 2008 at 7:28 am #

    Fortunately, I do not have any problem with good night sleep.

  87. annie November 19, 2008 at 8:16 am #

    I have resorted to prothiadin to help my insomnia. I would rather not take it but have suffered years of sleeplessness. Go to sleep OK but a few hours later I’m wide awake and thats it.

  88. Theresa November 20, 2008 at 1:04 am #

    and thanks for the help here. I am not sleeping well at all and I too practice relaxation and EFT and meditation (Centerpoint holosync) all of that does hepl as with out it I was only getting 2 – 3 hours of interupted sleep nightly with the techniques I am getting 4 – 6 hours of still interupted sleep I am up at least 3 times nightly…. any suggestions would be great ly appreciated and thanks for your tiome and effort to help

    Sincerely Theresa

  89. Suzy November 20, 2008 at 11:10 am #

    I have interrupted sleep most nights.I have Rheumetoid Arthritis and this gives me a great deal of pain and restlesness and so am awake many times through the night.I wake up tired .When I do get up through the night I could sleep standing up but when I get back to bed I am awake again.It makes me a little grumpy.I meditate a lot to help with the pain and breathe deeply to try to alleviate the pain to fall asleep.
    Its like being on a merry go round , my body is just so tired.Any suggestions you may have would mean the world to me. Namaste…

  90. Dana November 20, 2008 at 1:42 pm #

    I only occasionally have trouble falling asleep, thank god. But when I do, I get so cranky I can’t stand myself! So I really empathize with true insomniacs…what a horrible thing; to be very tired yet not be able to fall asleep or to awake many times a night. It takes a toll on your mind/body/spirit and it can be ‘extremely’ dangerous to drive when you are super tired.
    I particularly hate when I awaken after falling asleep easily and then can’t ‘get back’ to sleep, that REALLY chaps my hide. (This usually happens when I have caffeinated coffee late in the day. So I avoid it like the plague and keep myself to one big cup when I get up in the morning. It’s a rare day when I have another cup o’ joe.) A short prayer and a warm, nearly hot, glass of milk usually helps me fall back asleep, esp. the hot milk, but not always…sometimes I just stay up. By the time evening comes around again I’m so beat I flake out early, in the lazy-boy, in front of the TV. I close my eyes, “just for the commercial” (wink, wink) and fall out.
    On the other hand, if I sleep too long I feel even crappier; like I was hit by a Mack truck! I do best with 5-6 hrs sleep and awakening around 0400 hrs; my cats are a great ‘alarm clock’ wanting their breakfast and they are very much on time. If I sleep later than that I just can’t seem to have a productive (IMO) day…unless I psyche myself into it. I’d rather it just roll along naturally without too much “psyche-ing’. Though I am now doing an ‘am’ EFT on a daily basis, which is seemingly helpful. I’m also trying to use Burt Goldman’s ‘Daisy Pond’ to relax in the evening. (Though sometimes I’m just too tired for that and I don’t want to fall asleep with my MP3 player going and my earphones on. I don’t believe I can set it to shut off automatically when a particular audio is over.)
    In closing, I can’t begin to imagine unrelenting insomnia going on, every night, with no end in sight…yikes! To all who go through this…I feel your pain, really I do.

  91. Klas Sellstrom November 20, 2008 at 4:17 pm #

    I sleep 5-6 hours per night, mostly uninterrupted, and often wake up around 3 or 4 o`clock and can`t sleep any more. I feel that I would need about 2 more hours of sleep.

  92. Sue November 21, 2008 at 9:13 am #

    My problem is staying asleep. I usually wake up at 5-6 hours and can’t get back to sleep.

    One thing I have done to help my sleep problem that has worked better than anything else is to go to a Naturopath and be treated with NAET for food allergies I wasn’t aware I had. I still wake up at night but I tend to go back to sleep easier and without pills, teas, etc.

    Another thing he suggested is to take a bite of protein when you wake up. Sometimes it can be that your blood sugar has dropped and your body thinks it is time to be awake.

    Stress and high levels of cortisol have been huge problems for me and have affected my sleep. NAET helps balance your body so things function properly.

  93. Harry November 21, 2008 at 12:33 pm #

    I rarely sleep for more than two hours continuously. the nights are usually spent dozing off for half an hour or so, then waking up , and the pattern is repeated until about six am. Then I tend to fall asleep again for another hour. I’ve tried giving myself suggestions in the alpha state but very little seems to work, except for the times when I’ve done a lot of physical work during trhe day; then I can sleep for about five hours

  94. carmen November 21, 2008 at 3:28 pm #

    How bad the situation is for you? I have only been unable to sleep without drugs for 14 months since a car accident, but already do not have any desire to go on living. I have, for example, depression, intense pain, tinnitis, vertigo and brain damage that are untreated. When the pain was treated, there was no improvement in sleep quailty. I went about 10 months with no sleep. I suspect the tinnitis is the worst factor for me at this time since I have hyperaccusis and can no longer block my ears to sounds.

    How are you dealing with it? I have been to medical and mental health professionals asking for help. (have PTSD and usually get further traumatized) Valarian formulas are potent and I build up tolerance. Drugs scare me and make me worse with side effects and getting too deeply asleep allows night terrors. I still use benedryl 25′s 1-3 a month.

    How many hours of sleep do you manage to get everynight? I use meditation and relaxation mostly and this allows an average of 3 hours a night of light sleep broken once or twice. Two or Three nights a week I still am unable to sleep at all.

    Is it good, quality sleep, or interrupted? The quality is fair to good while I am sleeping, but I need more sleep and I need to be able to get past 90 minutes at a stretch to get some deep sleep. I don’t know if I can cope the the nightmares and terrors that come but I know I will not live much longer without help.

  95. sandi November 23, 2008 at 12:26 am #

    I thought I would come back and add in, that yes, I too am feeling financial concern and fear, and it does keep me awake.

    However, I also find myself plagued by spiritual questions. There’s a certain group of religious people that won’t leave me alone, and although I am absolutely certain their religion isn’t right for me, I find myself arguing with them in my mind later, as if it matters so much that I find a way to convince them. Yet I don’t really believe they need to be convinced… it still seems to bother me that I feel they are wrong and should know it. It’s a strange paradox.

  96. Ann November 24, 2008 at 5:33 pm #

    Cannot remember when I last had a good night’s sleep. Fall asleep immediately my head hits the pillow but then wake up at approx 3am. Not sure why but nearly always 3.15am. Am still tired but cannot fall back into sleep. I cannot remember having any dreams. Have tried all relaxing techniques & eye mask but still only catnap for an hour or so. I am very lucky as I do not have any worries, I recently retired from work (a year now) & am really enjoying myself. I walk or swim every day & am active.

  97. Rasina November 25, 2008 at 12:18 pm #

    1.How bad the situation is for you?
    I have been in insomniac for about 13 years, at that period I can sleep only with sleep pills. When I learned Silva Method, I can faal asleep with sleeping method technique, but that technic does’nt help for ,when I want to sleep in middle of the day, becose I’m tired. I dream nightmare, my sleep isn’t quiet. I’m tired, I haven’t power, unproductive.
    2.How are you dealing with it?
    When I learned Silva Method, I can faal asleep with sleeping method technique, where I count from 100 to 0.I fall asleep before I get down to 96. That technic works for me from first time. For having more energy, I was drinking a lot of caffe 6-8 big cups per day, but I wasn’t quiet. Then I stopped to drink coffe with Silva Method help.
    3.How many hours of sleep do you manage to get everynight?
    About 6-8 hours.
    4.Is it good, quality sleep, or interrupted?
    My sleep isn’t good quality, not deep, interrupted once or more time in night and then I can’t to fall asleep for long time.

  98. tom December 2, 2008 at 1:32 am #

    Hi. I usually get about 6 hrs. of sleep from about 3am til about 9am. For years I haven’t been getting enough sleep and I wake up tired and am tired and yawning throughout the day. I think it started following the death of a close friend a long number of years ago. My father also died 3 months after my friend.
    2. I usually take a 300mg dose of soluble aspirin before I go to bed.
    3. I usually get about 6 hours, but when I wake it’s very hard to get back to sleep again.
    4. It’s sleep, but it’s not deep, good quality sleep. It doesn’t refresh me and recharge the batteries!

  99. Umar Ibn Jibril December 2, 2008 at 7:34 am #

    The situation is so bad and long standing. Do not know how to deal with it any longer as all medications have always failed after one or two days.
    Some nights, I do not sleep at all till morning. Any time I manage to fall asleep, even the movement of ordinary cockroach brings me back to live.

    I have read the response of all above and the situations all apply to my case. I can assure you, I have resigned to faith because, sometimes, I will manage to have about ten hours sleep in a whole week. Too bad! I will not mind a solution(s) from you for, I do try any secret and hope to stumble on a workable pill(solution) one day. Hence, I do read anything I could find on the subject “insomnia.”

    Thank you very much.

  100. Sir Rod January 9, 2009 at 12:08 am #

    I have had poor sleep almost my entire life, my mom and sister also suffer from it, thought it was just genetics. I drop off to sleep almost instantly, rarely do I lie awake waiting to fall asleep. But depending on daylight savings time, I am awake around 2 or 3 am every single night. Sometimes I fall back asleep, but most nights I toss and turn before going to the couch. Then I toss and turn there for a while before eventually dozing off again for 30 minutes or so. Then it’s time to get up.

    Recently I have been staying up past midnight, until I am dead tired. But I sleep right through to my alarm at 6 am. Longest continuous sleep I have had in 28 years. I only remember one summer as a teenager where I slept every night right through.

    Tried over the counter sleep aids, I feel so refreshed when I wake up…at 3 am.

    On average I am in bed for 7 to 7.5 hours, but I have only 3 or 4 hours of deep sleep.

    Thanks for listening and caring.

  101. Malia January 10, 2009 at 7:51 am #

    Hello.. I sometimes will struggle with sleep when anxiety gets high.. but this only happens to me now when I forget to find my center.. or trust that the universe will provide everything I need. I have experienced many miracles, which I relate to whenever I feel the temptation not to trust. Also.. if there is a situation particularly close to me, making relaxation difficult, I do take melatonin to sleep and it will knock me out within half an hour.. I also practice regular meditation and visualization. I hope this helps.

  102. sleep deprivation January 20, 2009 at 8:44 pm #

    I have had trouble sleeping for 16yrs. The side effects from both of my medicine is restlessness, sleeplessness. All night I know I am awake, and DO NOT get any sleep all night. I would like to sleep the night through.

  103. paula January 22, 2009 at 5:36 am #

    i’ve had insomnia since i was a child but also have multiple sleep disorders that are inherited from my mother they include walking, talking, and i can even cook and carry on a conversation in my sleep. my husband says i look and act awake and function like i am awake but he can tell when i’m asleep now after 28 years my eyes are glassy and appear like i am looking off at something in the distance. the effects are i’m usually tired have gained weight an experiance anxiety attacks. i’ve tried everthing even hypnosis. any help here would be appreciated . thanks paula am still a work in progress.

  104. Jayne January 26, 2009 at 9:47 am #

    i have recently been diagnoised with insomnia. even since i was a child (today im 23yrs) my brain would force me to sleep in the afternoons. i get tired very easily – even with serious exercise and serious adrenalin pumping through me my brain would force me to sleep. its getting to the stage where its affecting my work. i work 8hrs a day and no amount of coffee, sugar, or serious energy drinks will keep me awake. im fighting everyday to stay awake. i have had a sleep study for both night and day sleeping. my night sleeping is textbook perfect. my daytime sleeping however i can fall asleep within five minutes every two hrs throughout the day even with perfect sleep the night previous. my specialist has me on a drug to cope with the problem but the drugs are very expensive. there is no other remedy the he can prescribe me. the drugs are helping but if there is any other way to help with my disorder im open to suggestions. i dont have a sugar problem cause of the amount of sugar (chocolate, V drinks – high caffaine drinks, dont like coffee) has no effect on me. my diet is healthy, im not overweight and i exercise regulary. i can wake up in the morning feeling exhausted and headaches when i wake up (especially when i am forced to sleep during the day) are common. i can sleep for an entire day and still feel like i havent slept at all. i also suffer from depression which in turn doesnt help me and im very grumpy 80% of the time. i am hoping that what this program has done for countless others will help me. please if there is anything please reply as soon as possible.

  105. Florence May 20, 2009 at 11:06 am #

    I have travelled from over seas and come to the US. I have been in the US since 14th May, 2009. My sleeping pattern is gone haywire I feel sleepy during the day. Incase I sleep during the day then I do not get sleep at night. If I need to sleep at night I have to go to bed only around 1.00AM of so to be up by 7.00AM. Incase I feel tired and go to bed by 10.00pm then I am up by 3.00am. please help me

  106. Joyce May 7, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

    Jill- I don't know if Laura is still answering this column, it's pretty old, but I'll try anyway.

    2 years ago I was diagnosed with a sleep disorder. What was happening was that I was never really falling asleep. In my sleep test, I would start to fall asleep and my body would twitch and I'd be back on a level between wake and sleep. I was never getting any REM sleep, which is essential. My doctor said that this had been going on for a long time, years, and I had not become aware of a problem until it got so bad that I was trying to sleep 14-16 hours a day.

    Sleep deprivation can cause all kinds of weird and strange behaviors one of which is personality change. I went to a psychologist for depression during this time and was put on medication that helped but did not cure the problem. I knew there was still something wrong but not what. I evidentally began spending money and shopping to excess but was not aware of the amount I was spending. My cheerful and positive outlook became crabby. My family despaired and my husband finally decided he wanted a divorce. About that time was when things got so bad with all the hours I was sleeping. Finally, an astute doctor sent me to a sleep clinic. I was put on medication which helped me to sleep and even dream again. I got back to normal and managed to save my marriage but now there are about 8 years I have little to no recollection of. They are just wiped out. Sometimes someone will talk about an incident during that time and I might have a vague recollection of it.

    Having done a lot of research now on sleep disorders, I can tell you that weird consequences are entirely possible. Also, sleep deprivation is worse than being legally drunk and that was a test done on people who only slept 3 hours a night for 3 nights. They thought they were perfectly normal. We are concerned about drunk drivers but with society today having more and more sleep problems, we should be concerned about sleep deprived drivers as well.

    I am now using Silva as well as brain entrainment music to help me sleep. The medication I am on I will eventually get used to and will no longer work so I am using this interval to cure myself so I don't need it at all.

    If you have any specific, helpful actions I can take, I'm happy to hear them. Thanks for your help.

    I also wrote this to alert people. If you suspect you have a sleep problem, including continuing insomnia, please, please find a sleep clinic and get tested. This is not just an inconvenience or an everyday ailment, it can be life threatening. It can kill you, folks. Get help, then get Silva and cure yourself. Like many things, it can be a stress induced illness and as we all know, there's enough stress in the modern world to go around to everyone in it two or three times. Get help, get Silva–learn how to use your mind to relax and to heal. Illness takes time. You have better things to do.

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