Ask Daniel #10: To Alex, Vince, Navinder, Gregory, Jules, Mackie and Jay

Alex wonders if it is correct that actively trying not do anything about sudden awareness of falling asleep is something one should try to avoid. Vince asks if relaxing in bed is ok. Navinder would like to understand why sleep restriction works to be more successful practicing CBTi. Gregory has started sleep restriction and wonders if to reduce his sleep window from 6 hours or not. Jules is anxious about an upcoming sleep study. Mackie feels he also has lost the ability to sleep. Jay is not sure whether to worry about leg movements.

Do you have trouble sleeping? Can’t sleep? Have questions about insomnia or sleep? Please leave a comment or send me an email at and I will be happy to share my thoughts as a video or audio reply.

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Here are some playlists that I hope you’ll find helpful.

Core curriculum – a collection of the most important insights, a great place to start.

Success stories – if you need hope and inspiration, this is for you.

Insomnia insight – a list of every single episode.

Talking insomnia – guests with insomnia or experts share their stories / tips.

Hypnic jerks, sudden awareness of falling asleep and other common issues.

Fatal insomnia – for those concerned about ffi and sfi.


This content does not constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and should never replace any advice given to you by your physician or other qualified healthcare providers.