questionWhen people hear I’ve written a book about insomnia, they often respond with a question or comment about their sleep.

“The whole problem is that I’m a night owl. It’s midnight, and the alarm’s going to ring at seven. But I just don’t feel like going to bed.”

“I’m up to 15 grams of melatonin now, but I still wake up at one o’clock. Would increasing the dosage help?”

People tell me the back-and-forth exchanges that then ensue are helpful. Which gave me an idea: Why not create a way for readers to initiate confidential chats about their particular problems with sleep and insomnia online? Hence, the birth of Ask the Savvy Insomniac, a new feature on my website launched two days ago.

What sorts of topics might serve to motivate these one-on-one conversations? Anything and everything having to do with insomnia and sleep. For example,

  • trouble falling asleep
  • waking up in the middle of the night
  • waking up too early
  • irregular sleep schedules
  • sensitivity to noise, light, and touch at night
  • fatigue, mood swings, and mental fuzziness during the daytime
  • talking with doctors about insomnia
  • cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia, and difficulty complying with treatment
  • sleeping pills
  • alternative remedies for insomnia.

The list could go on from here. So if you’ve got a sleep issue, no matter whether large or small, The Savvy Insomniac is now ready and waiting for a chat. Click Ask the Savvy Insomniac, and start typing away.

Posted by Lois Maharg, The Savvy Insomniac

Lois Maharg has worked with language for many years. She taught ESL, coauthored two textbooks, and then became a reporter, writing about health, education, government, Latino affairs, and food. Her lifelong struggle with insomnia and interest in investigative reporting motivated her to write a book, The Savvy Insomniac: A Personal Journey through Science to Better Sleep. She now freelances as an editor and copy writer at On the Mark Editing.

4 Comments

  1. This is a good idea, Lois. Can you eventually turn your consultant practice into a profit-making enterprise, along with your book? Some sort of combined offering, perhaps? An ongoing newesletter you can charge for?

    Or if you your main purpose is to help rather than merely to make money, you could do it for just charge for the book. Perhaps that’s your plan. Anyway, it’s good to see you elaborating and building on your book.

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  2. I thought I posted a comment already. Computers are always surprising me! The gist of my comment was that I’m glad to see you elaborating on your book, perhaps combining sale of the book with online consulting. Keep playing with it!

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  3. Both of your comments appear now in response to the blog post, Marlene, and I thank you for them! And for your steadfast interest in and support of my project.

    A newsletter is something I am contemplating for sometime in the future. It would be another way of reaching out to people who are interested in reading more about sleep and insomnia than can typically be found in self-help books.

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  4. Great idea Ms. Maharg, I look forward to the dialog.

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