I was a bit under the weather Friday and slept about 30 minutes the entire night. It was agony.
How do people who suffer from chronic insomnia deal?
I was doing a bit of reading on the subject online and discovered The Insomnia Blog by Dr. Michael Breus, a clinical psychologist and self-proclaimed “Sleep Doctor.”
Dr. Breus has a formula that he says will help you get all the sleep you need; wake up before the alarm goes off; and keep you from gaining the weight that can sometimes go along with insomnia.
This guy must be rich.
Here’s what he recommends:
- Figure out your typical wake up time
- Count back 7.5 hours
- Set an alarm to tell you when to go to bed (and go!)
- If you wake up 10 minutes before your morning alarm for three days, you have found your perfect bedtime.
- If you still need your morning alarm to wake up, then move your bedtime back by 15 minutes until you wake up just before your morning alarm.
After reading this, I realize why I don’t usually have insomnia.
- I usually get about 7-8 hours sleep.
- Rory Dog is the ‘alarm’ that tells me to go to bed.
- I wake up each morning before my morning alarm goes off (Rory Dog again).