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What can a guy do when he has chronic insomnia from working on an oil rig in 12-hour shifts, while l

30 Jan
What can a guy do when he has chronic insomnia from working on an oil rig in 12-hour shifts, while living on a barge, for months at a time.. even on land, he doesn’t sleep..
Question:
My daughter''s boyfriend is a deep-sea diver working on oil rigs. He does 12 hour shifts for 3 months, while living on a barge at sea. There is not much to do between shifts in the way of recreation. Sometimes he has to do extra work for someone who has gone off sick. This entails waking up after a few hour''s sleep.

He has chronic insomnia. This continues to be the case even when he is not working for a few months between jobs. I have ordered your "Healthful Sleep" CD for him. Is there anything else he can do to be able to sleep with such a disruptive routine? Thank you,
Joyce from Down Under



Dear Joyce,
Wow, that''s a tough one.
Melatonin, taken at sleep time, of course, could help, as well. Don’t forget that.
But as far as our resources go, I’d say this:
If he seems to like the imagery and it’s helping, or helping somewhat, then you might want to also get him a similar resource to alternate with, such as Jean-Luc Mommaert''s Sleeping Better - his AutoSuggestion technique is very effective and he has a fabulously soothing, calming voice as well. And similarly, the very gifted KRS Edstrom''s hypnotic imagery in Sleep through Insomnia might be an appealing alternative as well. Don’t get them all at once, though. First see if he responds to imagery well enough to make it worth the further investment.

If it looks like he''s too restless for imagery, you may want to try some yoga techniques that are specifically geared to help with sleep. These are a little more active and occupy more of the mind''s cognitive space for some, providing more of the ''cognitive distraction'' discussed in this week''s Hot Research abstract . Here I''d recommend either Michael Reed Gach''s Sleep Better , which is a combination of gentle acupressure and yoga stretches; or Gael Chiarella''s lovely, soothing PM Yoga Meditations . I hope this helps.

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award