Sleepless Nights: Getting Help for Psychophysiologic Insomnia

In an effort to find better sleep, I zoomed off to the library and checked out some books on sleeplessness. First up is Goodbye Insomnia, Hello Sleep by Samuel Dunkell, M.D.

Bed as horror

One of my problems, quite apparently, is what Dr. Dunkell calls conditioned or psychophysiologic insomnia. I’m so used to being unable to sleep that I look at my bed and anticipate the agony of lying there awake all night. It’s a self-fulfilling prophesy—see your bed as a horror and it becomes so.

Patients with this problem sleep quite well other places, which explains why I slept like a baby Saturday in my friend’s bed.

Bed as refuge

When I’m in a period when I’m having good sleep, I look at my bed and see a refuge. So last night I began working on changing the image I hold of my sleep-space. Last night I tried to recall that feeling that my bed is a refuge.

Patients with this problem tend to like naps, which I do during a good sleep period but haven’t lately. I’m too “up” all the time.

Being “too up” is a strong indicator of the hyper-thyroid.

(See the odyssey of my Graves Disease diagnosis at a Tinniuts-Free previous post.)

I’d say my problem is a combination, with the psychophysiologic insomnia triggered by the hyper-thyroid insomnia.

2 smashing comments for this post.

  1. Barbara Said:

    I have done everything you say, Rosalie, and I’m still having problems.

    Do you have any more suggestions?

  2. Rosalie Ross Said:

    Thank you, Barbara, for your question.

    Please remember to visit your doctor regularly and tell her about any problems you have, including insomnia.

    Practice good sleep hygiene. This includes
    1) Get up at the same time every day whether you like it or not.
    2) Limit your caffeine and alcohol. (Instead of a glass of wine, enjoy a sleepytime tea.)
    3) Make sure your sleeping room is dark. (As we age, we’re more sensitive to a light room and it wakes us.)
    4) Figure out what you want for your life and every day do something toward that goal. This makes you feel good about yourself and when you feel good about yourself, you can relax and go to sleep.
    5) Clean up your sleeping room and remove anything that doesn’t belong in your closet or on your dressing table. When your “to do’s” are under control, you can relax and go to sleep.

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Health Tip
People with tinnitus are found to have lower levels of zinc and B-12. Get yours in a B-Complex plus Zinc and Vitamin C
Health Tip
Hyper-thyroid can cause tinnitus, even before a hormone imbalance is detected. Vitamin D helps your body regulate thyroid. Get it naturally from
Cod Liver Oil

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