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hi...i just wondered if anyone knew of any insomnia support groups in london, where i could maybe meet up with people in person and just talk about sleeplessness over a coffee - or maybe some alcohol!
any ideas or contacts would be appreciated.
thanks,
adriana
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Re: Insomnia support groups
« Reply #1 on: 20/04/2005 17:55:52 »
Neil, on here, is our professional insomniac. Maybe you should chat to him, here !

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« Reply #2 on: 22/04/2005 14:53:14 »
Thanks!  I dropped him an email so hopefully he'll reply.  If you know of any other London insomniacs, it would be great to get in touch.
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« Reply #3 on: 22/04/2005 16:55:50 »
Hi Adriana (yawn )....I never received your email, though I may have inadvertently deleted it...sorry about that, would you mind forwarding  it to me again ?
Though, I must say I've never been involved in a support group , though over the years I have seen a few therapists and had group therapy. My latest attempt was Cognitive Behavioural Therapy which I tried for 6 months, and, well....*sigh* it was a dismal failure. The object was to retrain my body to get used to a routine, but in reality, it made my life a living nightmare, as I was getting up at the some silly hour every day but not falling asleep as intended. If you drop me a line I'll go into more detail if you wish, but for me, it did not work...However, I understand it is a tried and tested method with a high rate of success.

In my case, I've been like this for 34 years now, and over the years have been the subject of sleeping studies and various techniques...... Still, this is not really answering your initial enquiry is it ?

One would think there must be some 'bodies' out there that offer support. When I get back in later I will try and do some research for you...in the meantime....email me, perhaps we can chat, I'd be pleased to meet some time, I live in North London with wifey and three Kids (fourth on the way !!)...Well, when you're awake as much as I am, what else is there to do except make kids  ?....

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Re: Insomnia support groups
« Reply #4 on: 22/04/2005 20:57:17 »
well....I'm exasperated !!..I thought there may be a group out there, but all I could find was plenty of advice and support for depression..........oh...I did find one group here but, it's only got four members and it's been active since Nov 2003...*sigh*...

Adriana, how long have you had this ? what's a typical night like ?

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Re: Insomnia support groups
« Reply #5 on: 22/04/2005 23:39:39 »
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Neil, on here, is our professional insomniac. Maybe you should chat to him, here !

Chris

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It would be great if such a profession really existed, ho hum !!

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Re: Insomnia support groups
« Reply #6 on: 01/05/2005 11:43:45 »
Adriana

Have you considered that your body might be rejecting horizontal sleep, and that you may be aware subconciously that sleeping horizontal might be the reason you are not letting go and sleeping?

Place two six inch / 15 cm blocks under the bed base at the head end and if your bed joins in the middle (divan)you will need to support the join with 2 3 inch blocks and remove the castors from the bottom end of the bed.

Let us know how you get on if you decide to try it.   first two weeks seem a bt strange, you may develop a slight temporary stiffening feeling in the neck, But you will sleep, believe me :)

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Re: Insomnia support groups
« Reply #7 on: 29/05/2005 11:57:48 »
Andrew, that sounds like an interesting solution.  I've heard what seems like a bazillion cures for insomnia over the years and that's the first I've heard this one.  What makes it work?  What's the story behind this?
 

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« Reply #8 on: 29/05/2005 20:11:00 »
Detour

Its a long long story, but relates to another thread about how gravity lifts water in trees, on another thread. Sleeping on a flat bed is something humans have adopted at some point. Only a short period ago, beds measured 4' 6" in the U.K. Because people were sleeping sitting up. I believe this was a result of the sweating sickness that killed many people of that time. They found that going to bed, often meant, never waking up again. So they found a comprimise and slept sitting up. The ancient Egyptians also had beds inclined by six inches at the head end.

Cattle and sheep in a field with a hillside, will all sleep facing up the hill. Apes and monkeys seldom sleep flat. People camping out under canvas find that they feel warmer with the tent pitched on an angle rather than flat!

My guess is you are not listening to what your body is telling you. Maybe you are more aware of the dangers of flat beds than your care to believe?

Anyway, it's simple to test and don't cost anything, so give it a try and come back and tell neil how you got on :)

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Re: Insomnia support groups
« Reply #9 on: 30/05/2005 02:58:05 »
Thanks for the answer Andrew.  I may try it and if I do I'll let you know.  I clicked around a bit and didn't find the other thread you mention.  Would you mind pointing me to it?

I don't know if this would be a solution for me really.  I've given as many excuses as I've heard cures over the years, but frankly, it boils down to the fact that I don't like to sleep.  There are too many other things I'd rather be doing.  Since I don't sleep all that much I am interested in things that make what sleep I do get better, so I may try this one.
 

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« Reply #10 on: 30/05/2005 12:50:58 »
Nevermind, I think I found it. :)
 

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« Reply #11 on: 31/05/2005 16:23:31 »
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Originally posted by Detour

Nevermind, I think I found it. :)



first two weeks feels a bit strange, you might get a stiff neck, some don't, but this will pass in a short while.

Have you ever noticed that some old people are bent over, was that the position they slept in on a flat bed?

Your heart rate will decrease by ten to twelve beats per minute, your respiration rate will decrease by four to five breaths per minute. The bed will feel more comfortable because your weight is distributed differenly, you will feel a slight stretching of the spine, your circulation will improve, and you will definately feel warmer in bed. No more cold hands and feet :) If you stay with it for longer than 4 months, there will be other benefits, like a general feeling of well being, more energy, less aches and pains, increased muscular firmness, particularly in the legs and arms, you will dream less and become much more relaxed, you will have less respiratory problems, like bronchitus and fight off colds easier, more labido, improved eyesight, varicose veins will vanish or at least shrink down to the level of your skin, urine will become stronger and smell stronger as more waste is removed from your system.  And No this is not just guesswork :)

 My bed has been tilted since 1994!
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Re: Insomnia support groups
« Reply #12 on: 01/10/2005 17:23:16 »
hi...i just wondered if anyone knew of any insomnia support groups in london, where i could maybe meet up with people in person and just talk about sleeplessness over a coffee - or maybe some alcohol!
any ideas or contacts would be appreciated.
thanks,
adriana

THATS FUNNY ADRIANA!

Coffee doesnt help me sleep and alcohol makes my clothes fall off.
 

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« Reply #13 on: 01/10/2005 19:03:19 »
quote:
Originally posted by OhhWendy

hi...i just wondered if anyone knew of any insomnia support groups in london, where i could maybe meet up with people in person and just talk about sleeplessness over a coffee - or maybe some alcohol!
any ideas or contacts would be appreciated.
thanks,
adriana

THATS FUNNY ADRIANA!

Coffee doesnt help me sleep and alcohol makes my clothes fall off.



Wendy, are you planning a trip to the UK ?

Hang On !!!...I see what you've done, you're doing a quotey thing from the first post..Wendy, when you want to respond quoting another persons post you have to click the third button from the right across the top of the persons post you're responding to, like I have just done with you !!

Shucks !!..and there was thinking me and you could start our own support group :)

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Re: Insomnia support groups
« Reply #14 on: 03/10/2005 02:41:27 »
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Have you ever noticed that some old people are bent over, was that the position they slept in on a flat bed?




The hunching over is from the fratures in the vertabrae caused by osteoprosis. Although in some cases (this by the way is not at all proven) could possibly be caused by sleeping on a flat bed. However, you said that human's have adapted to sleeping like this, so it wouldn't cause abnormaility, or do you mean some people are not adapted as well as others so sleeping flat affects them more than others, or do you mean we didn't adapt completly or we adapted abnormaly?  Please clarify.


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Re: Insomnia support groups
« Reply #15 on: 03/10/2005 04:07:27 »
ZZZZZZZZZZ !!..I need support,... been awake about 40 hrs now...it's a little tricky to type, things are a little askew in perspective, getting the ' irritated ' phase now....takes much too long to type anything (I said that already didn't I ?)...soo many mistakes that need correcting!!..going to try and get some kip....night all !



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« Reply #16 on: 03/10/2005 08:54:01 »
What I am saying is no matter how many years we sleep flat, the only adaptation to sleeping flat is that we will develop osteoporosis, neurological and age related conditions, muscular atrophy, sleep related problems, poor immune related responses to bugs, bulging varicose veins, glaucoma, diabetese, heart conditions, and eventual death.

My research over many years has shown that these conditions can be reversed by refraining from sleeping flat and adopting a slight head up incline on the bed.

A nurse, responsible for visiting many of the rest homes in the torbay area made an astonishing statement, following a massive improvement to her varicosed veins after she tilted her bed as suggested. She stated; 'This has now enlightened me to the fact that all of the people in the homes that live to be well over 80 years refuse to sleep flat and often sleep in an inclined position, propped up by several pillows or sleeping in an inclined chair.

On the other hand, all of the people that pass away quickly in the homes, sleep for long periods in the horizontal position'.

This is backed up by a massive amount of research on the Internet and at pubmed. Horizontal sleep is harmful!

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quote:
Originally posted by Andrew K Fletcher
Have you ever noticed that some old people are bent over, was that the position they slept in on a flat bed?




The hunching over is from the fratures in the vertabrae caused by osteoprosis. Although in some cases (this by the way is not at all proven) could possibly be caused by sleeping on a flat bed. However, you said that human's have adapted to sleeping like this, so it wouldn't cause abnormaility, or do you mean some people are not adapted as well as others so sleeping flat affects them more than others, or do you mean we didn't adapt completly or we adapted abnormaly?  Please clarify.


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« Reply #17 on: 04/10/2005 00:54:12 »
Funny set of posts, I suppose the old Valium (pharmacopia) does not do the trick?
What about a breathing method? I trained myself to sleep, anywhere anytime - almost!
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« Reply #18 on: 07/10/2005 07:01:09 »
07:00....Yawn !!..not much point in my going to bed now.......ho hum !

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« Reply #19 on: 13/10/2005 12:02:57 »
Hi! Does anyone know of any insomnia groups? Either online or based in England?

I am very interested in Insomnia and as a sufferer of transient insomnia myself, i want to find out more about insomnia in general.

I am also interested in making my university radio project about it, so if anyone if interested, please email me at: sammonigh@hotmail.com
 

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« Reply #20 on: 21/10/2005 15:31:03 »
Hello everyone

my name is david mcdaid and I am a postgraduate student in journalism studies at the university of strathclyde in glasgow, scotland.

I am writing a feature article on insomnia and how it affects the people who sufferer from it as well as those close to them.

I wonder if anyone would be kind enough to share their experiences with me?

I am writing primarily for a piece of course work, and your anonymity will be respected - although a pen name, location, at least would be nice.

Here are the kinds of thing i'd like to hear about what life is like as an insomniac -
- how long have you suffered from insomnia?
- how little do you sleep and how does it leave you feeling?
- how do you spend your sleepless nights?
- what have you tried to alleviate your insomnia?
- how has insomnia impacted upon your life regards work ?
- did you know that some of the most famous names in history were also insomniacs? Da vinci, van gogh, winston churchill?
- in britain there was a tv show that encouraged contestants to stay awake for one week to win approx $200 000 - how does this make you feel as a real insomniac?

I would be so grateful to any anyone out there who can help.

My e-mail address is deivi79@hotmail.Com

many thanks

david mcdaid
 

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« Reply #21 on: 02/11/2005 08:55:27 »
Hi, my name is Ben and i am 24 years old.

For 2 years i have suffered with restless nights, body aches and stiff necks which are all related to the first one being sleepless nights.

Conventional practises dodnt really work for me, and i havent heard of any support groups near where i am from either.

But there is a product that works for me, helping me sleep and stops my aches and pains too. Its some kind of health pad that you wear when you sleep at night time they are called Kinohimitsu Health Pads, they have a website with loads of information on it where you can purchase the pads aswell, newbielink:http://www.kinohimitsu.co.uk [nonactive] since i have been using them i have slept so much more better and i actually feel good and alive for the first time in ages.

If anybody does know of any suppoort groups for insomnia or anxiety in the south east of england Let me know. cheers all
 

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« Reply #22 on: 26/11/2005 08:45:17 »
[|)] hey people. Another long time insomniac here, has anyonelse found that they search for a group of insomniacs in their area or atleast a 24 coffee house or someplace to hangout all night and there's absolutely nothing... I mean, no groups, no people, no places... were not that rare are we?!?!? arg... i lost my night group of people a few years ago and i'm going insane from bordem, i've gotten too good at video games since... [|)]
 

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« Reply #23 on: 27/11/2005 04:27:14 »
Hi Ben, Hi Aaron........Unfortunatley there are no support groups for Insomniacs in the UK. I have spoken to a few people who have researched it recently,including David (three posts up),  and it seems if there are some then they are very well hidden.

It looks like the lack of a support network is not just constrained to the UK eh Aaron ?

It's amazing how little credence is given to the anguish and distress that Insomniacs tolerate. It just doesn't seem to be seen as serious enough, and my experience over the years confirms this attitude. I tend to get things said like "Oh, it's alright for Neil, he's up all night " or "you should have no problem seeing as you're awake all night"...pisses me off !!...I'd like to see them stay up all night, every single night !...with a smile on their face !

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« Reply #24 on: 28/11/2005 19:08:34 »
Ya, it seems we are the forgotten crazy people here :P, i wasent looking for a support group per say, but more of someone or somewhere to hang out at in the middle of the night so i dont go insane from mental atrophy, or mabye that is an insomniacs support group eh?

so far all i've found late at night is rave's and the random horror film fest. and i dont like raves.... oh well. at least we can work double jobs eh? *sigh* so it's no better for you uk'ers than it is for us canadians...

I just wish calgary HAD A nighT LifE! anyways here's pulling for you guys.
 

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