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Has anyone ever tried meditating prior to sleep? Is it difficult to incorporate into your schedule?
Hi @pollingtest1, welcome to Connect. What a great question.
I’d like to bring @kariulrich into this discussion. She’s shared in another thread that she listens to sleep hypnosis every night. (https://connect.mayoclinic.org/comment/51965/bookmark/?ajax_hook=action&_wpnonce=450c00777f) @sandytoes14 @taterjoy @128128terry11t @robbinr have you ever tried meditation to help with sleep?
Pollingtest – I used to practice meditation regularly. The practice was to meditate for a short period, I think it was only about 15 minutes, each morning after waking and early evening before eating. It was relatively easy to fit into my schedule then because it was pre-family, husband, kids, etc. I would find that schedule challenging today. The other thing I remember is that the meditation could also be energizing, especially given the times of day I was doing it. A quick search on the Internet reveals an extensive list of videos of guided meditation for sleep, tips and more. Have you tried any of them?
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Has any one information on where in the Kansas City area to find a small portable apnea machine, about the size of a alarm clock ?
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I listen to Instant Sleep by Glenn Harold , I downloaded it on iTunes, use a headset to get maximum effect, here is a you tube link: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=NghucVjRAzY
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Are you asking about a CPAP or BIPAP? If so, I think you need a prescription for it, and would buy one at a medical supply. Maybe you wouldn’t have to have a scrip, but the place to go is a medical supply, where they sell equipment and oxygen and so on. I’ve seen them on ebay, but I don’t think eBay permits the sale of used ones.
That’s my long distance response, from Oregon.
I spend a little time every evening after I’m in bed, reading a chapter from the Bible and praying for the various needs of friends and family. I sleep with a BIPAP machine, and pray after I get hooked up. I find that I am soon asleep. I know that many people have a hard time going to sleep, and I’ve been through times of that enough to know how frustrating that can be.
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Another thing I find restful is writing my thoughts in a journal at bedtime. I realize that wouldn’t be restful for everyone.
Please explain what a BIPAP is. How’s it different from a CPAP? I do my chair yoga before bed, and it does relax me. I’m just finding out I have moderate/severe sleep apnea.
A CPAP provides constant air pressure, at whatever level the doctor prescribed. A BIPAP provides two different levels of air pressure. Mine is set high for inhaling and lower for exhaling. A sleep study shows which one would work best. I used a CPAP for 15 or more years, but recently changed to a BIPAP.
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Have you had a sleep test to see if you have apnea? Your doctor will have to refer you. But in the mean time, you can try this cool ( free) app “Do I Snore?” that will record any sounds you make through the night. It will record another person too or even a pet, so you may need to try it on your own.
Also, I listen to guided imagery for sleep when I’m all tucked into bed.
I love Belleruth Naparstec’s imagery.
She has imagery for a lot of different ailments.
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I MEDITATE 10 5 MINUTES BEFORE GETTING INTO BED….ABLUTIONS ALL DONE, ANIMALS FED, ALARM ON, PRAYERS
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Hi, @darlinge. Thanks for your post. Wondering if you have had challenges getting to sleep in the past? If so, can you tell us more about that?
Tonight, I’m afraid to go to sleep. I’ve been waking up with a panic attack, feeling smothered, like death is imminent. Peripheral neuropathy pain in my feet keeps waking me up. I have a BIPAP, using nasal pillows, which I am liking after more than 15 years with a full face mask, but I wake up with my mouth so dry I can’t swallow. I usually get back to sleep after an hour or so, out of sheer exhaustion. I think I might be getting the flu or something, with aching, diarrhea and no energy. Or it could be depression. I have a therapy appointment today. Well, back to the bathroom, and maybe then another stretch of sleep.
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So sorry to hear that sleep was not coming easily last night, @jimhd. The panic part seems like it would feel downright scary. Were you finally able to get any rest? Did the panic attack ease any?
@jimhd I hope you got or get some sleep. I’m exhausted too, woke up at 5:00 and couldn’t get back to sleep. I may try again after breakfast – it’s 8:14 here now. I have no idea why this happens to me sometimes but it ruins my day when it does.
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@lisalucier and @contentandwell
I was able to get back to sleep after an hour or so, and my wife woke me up at 12:30 so I’d have time to eat something and get to my therapy appointment. Now I’m drinking a mocha frappe at Dairy Queen to decompress.
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