The ABCD CBT model might help you. It works like this. A is the Activating
thought, B is the Belief, C is the Consequence, D is Disputing the faulty
belief with things you know. This model can be used for any faulty thinking.
A, The Activating thought is thinking about sleep.
B, The Belief is I won't be able to sleep.
C, The Consequence is you cant sleep.
D, Disputing the belief... Think to yourself all the positives like... "you
have had no problems in sleeping in the past, so YOU WILL be able to sleep
If you are interested in more CBT check out http://moodgym.anu.edu.au/
While on the topic of sleep.. I quit drinking and cigarettes about 3 months
ago.. I used to sleep 10 hours a night. Now I only get 5-6 hours sleep at
the most. Also most ppl say that as they get older they need less sleep. You
might be reaching a point in your life when you need less sleep.
Also I always keep Valerian, and sleeping tables by my bed for the nights I
cant sleep. The Valerian is a little help at a 2000mg does. Restavit you can
buy over the counter, 2 of them usually work ok. And for the nights the
other staff have failed I have some prescription Stilnox, 1 or 2 of them
work very well.
Hope this info helps.
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"George Prager" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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>I suffer from a fairly stubborn case of OCD (no compulsions, obsessive
> thinking only) The other night, I woke up to go to the bathroom, then
> back to bed (3am), pleasantly sleepy and ready to continue my peaceful
> slumber. As I was drifting off, suddenly the thought came to me: "you
> won't be able to fall asleep" - this kind of thought comes as a flash
> and jolts you awake. No amount of tossing and turning helped. Every
> time I'd start drifitng off, the inner censor woke me up. I got up,
> spent some time on the computer, then finally popped a Xanax at 6am and
> managed another hour and a half. The situation pretty much repeated
> itself last night and now I'm stuck in the middle of an OCD/anxiety
> pattern: I think about not being able to sleep all day and, of course,
> at night it's just an immediate self-fullfilling profecy. The thing is
> that I *am* sleepy and tired but the moment I start dozing off, the OCD
> gremlin rears his ugly head ("Thou shall not sleep") and any sleepy
> feeling is gone.
> This is nothing new to my life but I haven't had any sleep problems in
> a couple of decades and not sure how to break this cycle or how to deal
> with it. I do have a Xanax prescritption and have been taking it for
> general anxiety with some success but I do not want to up my dose if at
> all possible.
> Finally, I am male, 53 years old and in good health generally - not
> overweight, non-smoker, healthy eater and get enough exercise (walk the
> dog at least two hours daily)
> Your input into this crazy situation is appreciated. Especially eager
> to hear from someone who battles similar self-defeating OCD problems as
> related to sleep