Ask Daniel #31: To Rebecca, Jessica, Lena, Cara, Matt, Gary, TinyTia and Malena

Rebecca has heard that high stress hormones cause insomnia and that it’s hard to get them down, is this true? Jessica asks how harmful Zolpidem is. Lena is not sure she can do enough to protect herself from Covid-19. Cara was doing really well having worked with a sleep therapist until the day she graduated. Matt is temporarily living with his mother who just tested positive for Covid-19, what should he do to not worry around bedtime. Will bedtime restriction work for early morning awakenings? Gary asks. TinyTia wonders if alpha stimulators are a good idea and Malena asks what to do if you wake up when everyone else is sleeping.

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.