xsurfedgex wrote:What did the 'sleep therapy' involve?
I'm a sleep walker. done all sorts of daft stuff in recent years... poor attempts to wash up, online chatrooms, threw all my shirts off their hangers, run the bath, rearranged cupboards, read magazines in the dark...
as a kid I apparently also tried to clean out the hamster cages and build dens.
its had some mega negative effects on my personal life (espcially the chatroom stuff!) and it sucks when no one believes you and thinks you're mad. I am led to believe its due to stress causing irregular heartbeats/intake of oxygen to the brain, so you don't completely switch off when asleep. To 'cure' the 'walking' I doubled up my duvets so they were super heavy which is a technique nanny's use, so you're basically swaddled up and can't move as easily. Works for me, if a tad warm. Acknowledging you're prone is part of the battle as Sub conciously you'll tell yourself you're stressed and need to relax, which then convinces yourself to not do it.... apparently.
that and surfing more.
my sleep walking began when i was about 5/6, the therapist said if it goes unchecked from childhood to adulthood it can cause major problems, in a lot of people it can developed into something where it turns from sleep walking to sleep harming (i.e my foot).
. she hasn't done a great deal to help, just helped me understand the problem a bit more. she had me take a pen and paper to bed every night, so if you wake up for even a second write down quickly the first thing that's in your mind, get into a habit of doing this then compare your notes to nights when you know you have been sleep walking and you might be surprised at what you've written.
unfortunately the doctors aren't much help, i went to see them a couple of months ago due tp having constant headaches, they sent me for all the blood tests going and everything came back clear, the doctor asked me 10 questions like "do you ever feel stressed when in a crowd" i answered yes to 7/10 of these questions and he said "ok the problem is you have high stress/anxiety levels, take these tablets twice a day for the next 6 months", the doctors evaluation felt to general for me, that's why i went to see the nurse in work and she hooked me up with the sleep therapist, turns out because i was working such long constant hours, surfing and then instead of sleeping i was sleep walking (by sleeping you don't get the quality sleep that your body needs tp recover from the day) so i was basically burning the candles at both ends and it run me down in the end.
i find sleeping with a light on helps me a lot, my sleep walkings intermittent, im always like 10% awake when im up and rummaging round, so i find that if the lights on sometimes it will bring me round before I've had a chance to get to far.