It gets better: Sleep, insomnia and iatrogenic injury

The dangerousness of insomnia as associated with psychiatric drug withdrawal syndromes. This is a post about what it was like at the time in 2011 and further information to learn how to get through it and heal. Because it does get better. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Reframe your insomnia

Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep is a very common complaint. Mindfulness can help but one must first radically revision the nature of the problem.

People tend to get into a negative feedback loop with insomnia: Not getting to sleep leads to worry, leads to further difficulty sleeping, leads to more worry, leads to…. What to do? One possibility is to start thinking about the night in a different way. This is a conceptual reframing, a profoundly different paradigm regarding the issue of sleep. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Time for relaxation and calm

Audios for free download (good for anxiety, insomnia and can assist meditation in general)

I posted these tracks for download in a long post on methods to deal with insomnia: Help for insomnia (and psych drug withdrawal triggered sleeplessness).

Since they were buried at the bottom of that post I wanted to give better access to them because they’re really very helpful to me and I know they’ve been helpful to a lot of other folks in withdrawal too. I have no doubt many people with normal stress and anxiety will find them lovely and helpful too. … [click on title to read the rest]

Help for insomnia…

Perhaps one of the hardest parts of severe withdrawal syndrome and often a part of just about any and all withdrawal from psychiatric drugs is the insomnia most people face at one time or another. It can be so severe as to be quite dangerous. Learning to soothe and ease the body back into sleep or at the very least rest becomes an issue of survival.

All the below suggestions may be helpful to anyone dealing with insomnia from any source as well. … [click on title to read the rest]

Insomnia? Or is your body just asking to sleep like our ancestors did?

We have been told over and over that the eight-hour sleep is ideal. But in many cases, our bodies have been telling us something else. Since our collective memory has been erased, anxiety about nighttime wakefulness has kept us up even longer, and our eight-hour sleep mandate may have made us more prone to stress. … [click on link for the rest of the post]

Sleep, insomnia and iatrogenic injury – an update

The underlying issue is autonomic destabilization, which can be caused by any psych drug. They all act on the CNS, no matter what their micro-action. The neurotransmitters involved are almost irrelevant except, I believe, when they’re GABA. I’m no benzo expert but I suspect benzo withdrawal causes a different kind of autonomic destabilization because the GABA system lacks the redundancy of the others and when GABA is knocked out, recovery paths are more limited. (My suspicion is that simultaneous withdrawal from benzos and other psych drugs might be the worst.)

Something to try for insomnia…

This has helped me with my post-withdrawal induced insomnia. It takes people many months and sometimes years to regain a natural sleep cycle after discontinuing psychiatric medications. This is a non-invasive and safe thing to try. This is a post I shared on some of the benzo boards. I found out that others on the […]

Self-compassion more powerful than self-esteem, about willpower and a memoir about insomnia: Sunday news and blogs

A Trait More Powerful Than Self Esteem — Self Influence — Self-compassion is defined as “being kind toward oneself in instances of pain or failure; perceiving one’s experiences as part of the larger human experience; and holding painful thoughts and feelings in balanced awareness (mindfulness).” (Neff, Rude, Kirkpatrick) — People high in self-compassion react to […]