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Welcome to Insomnia Land

martin reed

I was up late one night a few years ago with another bout of insomnia. I turned on the computer and started doing some research.

I wanted genuine insomnia information, help, advice, and support.

Unfortunately, all I found were spam blogs with no credibility, websites touting products or sites full of dull, lifeless medical jargon.

What I really wanted was to find other people that had trouble sleeping. I wanted to find a community that was respectful but light-hearted. I wanted it to offer good, unbiased advice - from people that knew what they were talking about.

I didn't want to be sold products unless I knew they worked. I didn't want to talk to people with no personality. I wanted to find a community of people that understood what I was experiencing and would offer some support, advice, and fun.

After a lot of looking, my search came to nothing. After further research, it became clear there were others out there who couldn't sleep and were just as frustrated as I was with the lack of a central online resource that was unbiased, supportive, full of advice and fun.

That was when I created Insomnia Land. This website is intended for those who have trouble with sleep and are looking for additional information and support.

Since 2009 I have been researching insomnia and sharing my findings on this website. My private insomnia support forum has attracted over 500 members who have shared almost 7,000 forum posts about their sleep.

I have helped thousands of people improve their sleep without having to rely on sleeping pills.

97% of those who graduate from my free sleep training course say they would recommend it to a friend.

I am recognized and featured as a patient advocate and insomnia expert on Organized Wisdom and HealthCentral, and Insomnia Land has been selected as one of the best sleep disorder blogs for two years running by Healthline.

My mission is two-fold. First, I want to help you improve your sleep by sharing credible information about how you can improve your sleep. Second, I am here to offer reassurance and support. You are not alone!

Insomnia is misunderstood. People don’t understand the consequences of insomnia – the frustration, the loneliness, the desperation.

I want to change all this. I want to eradicate insomnia. Join me!

I follow these principles:

Authority

My name is Martin Reed. I am not a doctor. I do not give medical advice and this website does not give medical advice. The information on this website is no substitute for the advice of a medical professional.

Complementarity

Information shared on this website is intended to support, not replace, the relationship you have with your doctor or other medical professionals.

Confidentiality

I do not collection personal information on this website. Any information I share will not include personal information of others. You can read more about confidentiality in my privacy policy.

Attribution

Content on this website will contain a link to the source of the information being shared. Posts also include a note of when they were last updated.

Justifiability

Any treatment, product or service mentioned will be supported by balanced, well-referenced scientific information with a link to the source of such information.

Transparency of authorship

I write all the content on Insomnia Land. I can be reached via the contact form. You can also write to me at: Martin Reed, PO Box 488, Cottage Grove, OR 97424.

Transparency of sponsorship

This website accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. The compensation received may influence the content appearing on this website. I may be compensated to provide my opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics.

This website also generates revenue through the sale of brainwave entrainment products and a sleep education course that incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy techniques. This financial interest may have an impact on this website's content.

Honesty in advertising and editorial policy

Advertising that appears on this website will be clearly identified as such. If I have a financial interest in a product or service mentioned on this website, the interest will be clearly identified. Any content that has been published in return for financial compensation will be clearly identified as sponsored content.

Improve your sleep in two weeks: Over 4,000 insomniacs have completed my free insomnia sleep training course and 97% of graduates say they would recommend it to a friend. Learn more here.

Last updated: February 22, 2017

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  • Paulette
    March 21, 2016, 10:48 pm

    I have had insomnia for a few years now mainly because I have kidney disease. But before I went to the Philippines for vacation I could sleep 4-5 hours a night, which was fine with me. But on vacation, because I know I won’t be sleeping on my own bed I asked my doctor for sleeping pills. Unfortunately, upon my return I have already been addicted to the sleeping pills and could not sleep without them. So I tried pot. For several months it was helping me sleep but I didn’t realize your body can get used to them then it doesn’t work anymore either. I sometimes take a cocktail of sleeping pills and pot just to sleep for a few hours. Sometimes none of them work at all. I want to stop smoking weed to sleep and also stop the sleeping pills. Please help.

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    • Martin Reed
      March 28, 2016, 5:21 pm

      Try speaking to your doctor about a ‘tapering off’ plan for the sleeping pills and marijuana.

      Reply
  • Richard johnston
    September 24, 2015, 4:22 pm

    I joined an paid for insomnia land however it won’t let me in .i used my user name as email address an my normal password .now I know u didn’t just run off with my money so how do I get in .
    Also on their website to contact them to let them know their is question that’s mandatory to get them asking for anti spam year .i give 2015 an that’s wrong I don’t know what they want .so since I can’t contact them I’m contacting u

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    • Martin Reed
      September 24, 2015, 7:02 pm

      Hello John. Your account was created on September 19, 2015 and an email confirmation went out to you the very same day. Please check your junk/spam folder in case the email went there in error.

      In the meantime you can log win with the username: Johnjan897

      I just tested the contact form and it worked just fine. Did you fill out all the other required fields?

      Reply
  • Stephanie
    June 17, 2015, 12:55 pm

    I was diagnosed with a classic case of insomnia at the sleep clinic 2.5 years ago. I haven’t slept well as far back as I can remember- I’m 46. I wear ear plugs, need darkness, I waken to smells, etc. I am taking Zopiclone and recently went 2 nights without the med as my script had run out. I didn’t sleep. Just as I would fall asleep I would waken- it was 2 nights of hell. I realized that without meds I don’t sleep a wink. I don’t want to be dependant on medication, so I definitely need to find long term solutions.

    Reply
    • Martin Reed
      June 26, 2015, 8:18 pm

      You aren’t alone and you can sleep without medication! I know people who have been on sleeping pills for over 7 years and have improved their sleep and got off the pills. Don’t give up!

      Reply
  • Jill
    June 1, 2015, 10:14 pm

    I have insomnia for more than 20 years, recently diagnosed with chiari 1 malformation. Sleep study only find that I was awake x5 in 8 hours testing period. is this sound familiar to anybody?. no medications, herbs, vitamins, sleep hygiene .were able to help my sleep . I am in healthcare setting but I can’t help myself .I am Desperate, to find help.

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    • Martin Reed
      June 9, 2015, 6:19 pm

      Have you tried cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia? There’s more to CBT than just sleep hygiene. I’m not familiar with the relationship between insomnia and chiari malformation.

      Reply
  • Amiyoko Kemp
    January 16, 2015, 2:04 pm

    Hi Martin I’ve had insomnia for over twenty years college days I’ve tried to e-mail you so I can be apart of your group, I’m not getting your e-mail if you can help and allow me to become apart of this group. I’ve been on pills they cause pain. Head pain, broken record in my case no way. Please help ex nursing college student mother wife. I’ve heard if you don’t get a good night sleep you won’t live long. Word of mouth.

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    • Martin Reed
      January 16, 2015, 5:15 pm

      Hello! It looks as though you enrolled in my free sleep training course but you haven’t clicked the confirmation link in the first email that was sent out to you. Try checking your junk/spam folder in case the email went there by mistake – you need to click that confirmation link before we can get started.

      Reply
  • Matthew R
    September 20, 2014, 6:55 pm

    Hi Martin,
    I was doing some research on insomnia yesterday, 9/19/14 when I ran across “insomnia land”. It sounded interesting so I subscribed.
    I spent a 34 year career in the power industry in a coal/natural gas fired power station in Florida, working shift work the entire time. Funny, never had a problem with insomnia then.
    About 7 years ago I begin to develope some really devastating health issues as a result of being exposed to extremely high amounts of EMR and EMF. Severe neuropathy and immune system compromise. Ended up having to retire early at 53 years old and fortunately was able to get disability benefits. That whole situation was the beginning of the insomnia problems. I have moved from Florida to north western North Carolina, “the high country” and changed my whole way of life. It has had a profoundly positive effect on my health, I have been able to get off all the “head meds”, and my immune system is coming back unbelievably, but the insomnia is still not responding as I would like. So I’m here to see if you can help me overcome this hurdle to my complete healing. I believe you can!
    I already am impressed with the positive nature of the blogs and input from others!
    Looking forward to good things ahead!
    Matthew

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    • Martin Reed
      September 20, 2014, 10:56 pm

      Thanks for stopping by, Matthew – and thanks for enrolling on the sleep training course. I’m sure you’ll find it helpful.

      Very interesting that shift work wasn’t the cause of your insomnia, but rather you suspect it was down to exposure to electromagnetic waves/frequencies.

      Glad to hear you managed to get off the meds; hopefully we can improve your sleep without medication, too.

      Reply
  • Caroline
    April 14, 2014, 5:41 pm

    I’m plagued with anxiety insomnia. It seems as if I am afraid to fall asleep, and once I do fall asleep I wake back up with in 10 minutes. Maximum sleep amount per night is 3 hours. I can’t keep living this way and sleeping pills are not an option. I look forward to getting better.

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    • Martin Reed
      April 15, 2014, 8:01 pm

      Hello Caroline.

      Anxiety insomnia is often down to incorrect thoughts and assumptions about sleep. Cognitive behavioral therapy is normally a huge help in cases like yours.

      I see you’ve enrolled in my sleep training course and I trust it will help improve your situation. Do keep in touch!

      Reply
  • phil
    March 18, 2014, 4:32 pm

    I did well for 6 weeks but could not sleep at all last night. Was awful again. Is this what happens? It comes and goes. Is there a cure? Could apnea be causing this? Seems like a panic attack starts the problem on nights like last night. Hope I can sleep tonight. Thanks for your support. Phil

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    • Martin Reed
      March 27, 2014, 8:16 pm

      You did well for 6 weeks – so you know you’re capable of sleep. Sleep apnea can certainly disrupt sleep – although you’ll need to receive a medical diagnosis before you know for sure whether that’s a condition you’re suffering from.

      Reply
  • Susan Lehman
    July 19, 2013, 9:36 pm

    I have just purchased the insomnia tracks and am looking forward to great results. I have tried many things, including lunesta, ambien, tylenol pm, etc. and am tired of this struggle. I have been thru sleep studies and they have found nothing physically wrong with me. I’m hoping this will work for me. Wish me luck!

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    • Cathy
      July 24, 2013, 1:37 pm

      I did the sleep study thing as well-the doctor said I was borderline with sleep apnea and didnt really recommend the cpap-so I was left high and dry. So I continued my addiction to sleep meds and after a very long month and a half with no meds, I have found relief with the insomnia tracks. I was so skeptical at first but I was also desparate so I made the purchase. After one night of listening to them, I found enormous relief – I actually have been sleeping! Not just a few hours either 7 to 8 for the last four nights (although Monday night I think only around 4 hours-didn’t matter because that was more than Lunesta usually gave me). I actually have to set my alarm every morning because I want to keep on sleeping past the 8 hour mark! This is someone who has not slept for the last 15 to 20 years without sleep medication of some kind. I am definitely sold on these tracks. Thanks to them, I cancelled my appointment for hypnotherapy which was my next pursuit. So I hope you find the same positive results that I did, good luck! I plan to continue listening to the tracks for a full two weeks and then listen as needed.

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  • Cathy
    July 3, 2013, 6:06 pm

    Dave – I had been on lunesta for 6 years and finally realized it was time to stop – it was making me feel terrible and it only gave me a couple of hours sleep. Wow, I didn’t realize a month later I would STILL not be sleeping. I realized my body and mind don’t know how to sleep anymore. I have tried acpuncture, rehab, meditation, etc. I still can’t sleep, I am frustrated and exhausted. I need help!

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  • Anne
    March 23, 2011, 9:09 pm

    Wow I have been looking for friends out there that can relate to my insomnia issues. I immediately identified with Dave above. I have been on the xanax wine combo for a week now and tonight is the night I am going to try my old seroquel/remeron mix. I really hope it works. I see my doctor tomorrow so we will chat and see why the lexapro is not working now.

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  • Martin Reed
    April 27, 2010, 12:48 pm

    David, I’ll drop you an email. I think you’d benefit from joining our insomnia help forums.

    Reply
  • David Schwerdt
    April 26, 2010, 11:20 pm

    I am 29 years old and have suffered from chronic insomnia for the past 10 years of my life. I have struggled with chronic insomnia since I turned 21. Like many I have been on most medications and combinations of medications and have found many helpful and many less helpful. My insomnia is not related to what time I go to sleep, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome or any other physical cause – It is most certainly biological in nature. At the present I am not getting adequate rest on my current medications and have exhausted most of my options (I’ve been on most antidepressants, benzodiazepines, antipsychotics and combinations thereof). I am now looking into possibly trying Xyrem (which is difficult to get prescribed and carries its own set of risks). If I cannot get adequate relief from this condition soon then I may finally have to go on disability (and find another line of work that isn’t 9 to 5). I would very much like to work on starting a movement towards research for insomnia to help find out the exact cause and gain validation for millions of those that suffer from it in secrecy. I have so much more to say but I have to get to bed now and hope to hear back from someone soon.

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