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This doctor’s insomnia advice? Stop complaining!

Insomnia sufferers are used to receiving little in the way of sympathy - largely due to the word 'insomnia' being over-used, and the condition being poorly understood.

However, we thought it would be reasonable to expect a little more sympathy and understanding from doctors. Unfortunately, this doesn't always prove to be the case. Not only do we hear from members of our insomnia forums who tell us about doctors being less than helpful, we recently came across an article by one doctor who we certainly wouldn't want to visit if we were dealing with the effects of sleep deprivation!

Dr Neuman tells patients that are suffering from the effects of insomnia (think panic attacks, dizziness and general clumsiness) that they are only experiencing these effects because they are expecting them. He also argues that we're far too neurotic about sleep and that the effects of sleeplessness are overblown and over exaggerated.

Dr Neuman shares stories of patients who insist they are sleep deprived, but sleep studies prove otherwise. He is also of the opinion that even if you're waking up every ten minutes during the night, you are still sleeping (not quality sleep, but sleep nonetheless).

Although we probably wouldn't want to visit Dr Neuman for help with our insomnia, some of what he says makes sense. For example, many insomniacs get far more sleep than they think they do, and worrying about sleep is more likely to lead to being unable to sleep.

As for some 'first aid' insomnia tips, Dr Neuman suggest the following:

1. Turn the alarm clock around so you cannot see the time (or remove it from your bedroom completely) - and never use the 'snooze' feature.

2. Make sure you use the bedroom only for sleeping and sex. If you don't fall asleep within around half an hour, get out of bed and try again a bit later.

3. Avoid caffeine after 3pm.

4. Avoid alcohol after 7pm.

5. Do not take naps.

6. Wake up at the same time each day.

Source: Psychology Today

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Last updated: August 28, 2012

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

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