When Derek's father passed away in November of 2020, there was naturally a period of grief and not sleeping well. However, when sleep was still choppy some weeks later, Derek started educating himself but unfortunately learned little that made sense. He found himself in an intense struggle and his partner no longer recognized the happy and energetic Derek she had gotten to know. This all changed in the spring of 2021 when he found Martin Reed and subsequently this channel.
In this episode we explore a common experience: having to pee all the time at night when you have trouble sleeping. We look at the two variations in level of understanding from baseline, we look at two reasons peeing happens recurrently, and we look at two ways to meet this.
Affandy wonders if there's a way to teach the brain not to have automatic fear when the hypnic jerks happen. Greg asks if we offer coaching. Pat shares how she is grateful for a recent speed bump and Jake wonders what to do when a part of you holds on to the belief that there is some control to be had.
In the fitness community, there's a common idea that achieving a certain amount of sleep is crucial for obtaining the results you want. In this episode, Aryan shares how this notion created trouble sleeping and how seeing that it was the struggle rather than the number of hours slept that mattered. Most importantly, when Aryan abandoned the struggle, he saw that nothing kept him from sleeping well and doing well with his fitness goals.
One of the most common fears in the insomnia world is the fear of going insane. In this episode we see that the fact that this is a common fear and that it is perfectly logical given the circumstances lead us to a surprising conclusion: worrying about one's sanity is evidence of sanity.
When you have started to look within, you often find yourself at a forking moment. You can see the path towards control and suffering as well as the path towards freedom and peace. But what is harder to see is that you are on the path you want to be on when you are willing to be on both.
Realizing how scared you are can feel...scary. And uncomfortable. In this episode we turn things on its head and learn how being willing to see what happens on the inside is courage. And how courage leads to where you want to be: a place of peaceful sleep and peace of mind.
Lara is wondering about astral projections and whether she is alive. George has had success with mindfulness techniques but now feels stuck. Anita is pregnant and wonders how to convince the mind that trouble sleeping isn't harmful for the baby.
Udhayanithi used to have plans for life and a career, but now every thought is about sleep. Brian feels as if he is in a battle zone, all alarms activated. Alexandra has tried melatonin, magnesium citrate powder, and sleepy time tea along with an occasional cbd tincture, but the results are inconsistent.