I've written about this on my own blog, Buildbettersleep.com, but I thought I was a lone voice in the wilderness.
Paradoxical insomnia takes many different forms. For me, it was:
- Thinking about not sleeping causes you not to sleep.
- The knowledge that I was sleeping, even though I thought I wasn't, caused me to sleep better (used a Zeo Sleep Monitor to prove it to myself).
- If you learn to "take sleep as it comes" and not stress out about it at all, you find yourself sleeping more. It's a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Sleep has got to be the most counter-intuitive thing I've run across. Everwhere you look, up is down, right is wrong, left is right. The less you think about it, the better you do. But the more you know about it, the less you find yourself stressing about it.
Maybe the most important take away is that if you have problems with your sleep, the best thing you can do is learn more about it. The more you know, the better you do.