Ask Daniel #24: To Matt, Holland, Don, Aproperlady and Jay

Matt wonders if Zolpidem while starting CBTi will make it difficult to build sleep confidence. Holland’s insomnia has switched from sleep onset insomnia to sleep maintenance insomnia, what to do? Don asks how to deal with high cortisol and fight/flight response at night. Aproperlady is concerned that being on a medication can make the brain forget how to sleep without it. Jay has read about natural short sleepers, is that a thing?

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.


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