When I have difficulty sleeping, which is most nights, I listen on my IPad to BBC Radio 4 and 2 nights ago they reviewed a podcast called Get Sleepy getsleepy.com . It uses mindfulness to introduce a series of stories which are read in a calm way. I thought others might also find it useful to have in their toolbox.
Oh, the BBC is The British Broadcasting Corporation or Beeb for short.
I have been listening to a lot of Disney music through the day.
Its reminds me of the wonderful times I had with my children and my grandchildren.
They even played Disney music from my childhood.
I remember reading all the wonderful books with my children.
The stories are ageless.
Sleep I find is a process which starts with your morning.
The mind has a way of accumulating thoughts into our head only too bring them too the surface when our day ends.
Today is my day tomorrow is a new day.
I filled my day with good thoughts.
Utube has lots of music which I also listen to get to sleep. It is original music so I have no memories associated with it. Do you find if you fall asleep listening to music from the past you dream of those times?
If I feel unloved I listen to a lot of music about love. This brings back memories of when I know that I was loved.
When I feel depressed I listen to uplifting music that helps with my negitive thoughts by replceing them with positive thoughts.
And yes every song I listen to has to take me to a happy place in my mind.
I am not sure the music helps with my dreams because when I am asleep my subconscious mind takes over with no self control.
My reaffirming music ends once the short playlist is over.
Do my techniques work on me?
No not completely I woke up at 3 a.m. this morning and could not get back to sleep for the pain. It was too soon to take my pain medication so like usual when this happens I get out of bed and work around the Condo doing small jobs. I also take many brakes.
I get to 6 a.m. and then take my pain meds and have breakfast.
This does not mean that my techniques do not work for me, they do because I know things get a lot worse if I don't control what I feed my mind on a regular basis
We have a choice give up and do nothing or do the best that we can with whatever were have to work with.
I chose living and not giving up no matter what.
Count backwards from 10,000 in your head. It’s really hard and the brain gives up and you sleep. I haven’t got beyond 99,987 yet...
I also wanted to mention that I serendipitiously discovered something that I knew about me but had forgotten. For a few weeks a couple of months ago I was wrestling with waking at 3:00am and not being able to back to sleep without the use of my sleep app. Irritating as a bad itch. Anyway. I turned down the heat in my bedroom and presto slept through the night. I experimented a bit. (Okay I forgot to turn it down one night.) That night I was back to my restless sleep. Simple thing that made all the difference in the world. You might think in my old age I would have figured it out. But not so.
I'm sure you all know about making the room completely dark - another night shift trick. And avoid screens for at least an hour before sleep. An old fashioned book works well.
It is good to check with your Dr or Pharmacist as some of your meds might be interfering with sleep.
Great voices that are three of my favorites Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and Johnny Mathis.
There are more too many to list them all.
What better way to take our minds into dreams of happiness especially in the difficult times we are in now.
Come with me, the time is yours to spend.
Hi Mammamia, I am feeling the same way, stressed out to the max and a nervous wreck to be honest.
I am taking anxiety pills and sometimes a sleeping pill to get to sleep too.
Had sleep problems before getting diagnosised with cancer but now it is far worse.
You are not alone, sending hugs your way and to everyone else on the board.
I can’t find any relief it’s been 6 weeks and counting dr gave me sleeping pills mine is hormonal related what can I do drs won’t give me hormones . I was sleeping great with them before my cancer diagnosis. I feel miserable
my dog has turned from emotional support animal to sleep enabler. Never before have I had a dog who wouldn't ask to go for a walk and instead lets me sleep in past noon...
I was so tempted to give him some though.
There are 3.5 left. I may have tried half a one myself at some point - benadryl seems to work better for me. Not that I'm taking benadryl or anything these days. Looking at all the meds we have for ian, has really put a damper on my desire to take anything myself.
I’ve lived with insomnia all my life but refuse to take drugs. I have a routine of winding down, my bedroom is cool and dark and quiet. I’ve used podcasts before, mindfulness, counting backwards from 10,000 and they all work to some extent. The best way for me to sleep is to imagine myself sound asleep. I don’t know how it works but it seems to. I’ve also stopped worrying if I don’t sleep - I usually catch up. If I go for a couple of weeks with troubled sleep I might take melatonin - a couple of nights on that usually breaks the cycle...
Post treatment my sleep has been much better than before - I exercise daily, and I’m pretty busy and active now fatigue isn’t kicking my butt. I’m quite sure the exercise helps. Also a clean diet - minimal processed foods so there’s not much artificial in my system.
i hope these help.
Are you still struggling? How are you doing today?