Sleep 101

Relaxation Therapy

Relaxation Therapy

Relaxation Therapy involves various methods or techniques for the alleviation of insomnia that help to relax the mind and the body and which can facilitate sleep onset. Some have defined relaxation therapy as quiescent self inquiry. An individual is not moving, attention is focused inwardly, and the individual is in control of ones thoughts and… Read more »

Cognitive Approach To Insomnia

Cognitive Approach To Insomnia

Cognitive Approach To Insomnia   There are two well explained ways of examining beliefs/behaviors. One way is directly questions the logic of your beliefs. Another method to is for the therapist to discuss experiences and give oneself an opportunity to collect their own thoughts on these beliefs, helping them come to realization that some beliefs/behaviors… Read more »

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) for insomnia is used to address the thoughts and beliefs that contribute to the problem initiating or maintaining sleep.   Common beliefs about sleep that are not helpful. – A bad sleep always equals a bad day. – Belief that sleep becomes unpredictable, random. This becomes anxiety provoking. – The belief… Read more »

Cry It Out?

Cry It Out?

Cry it out – The Misconception   When the “Ferber Method” is discussed, I have most commonly heard people say one of two things – (1) Cry it out, and/or (2) Cry till you puke.   I had the pleasure / privilege, of hearing Dr. Richard Ferber give a lecture. It was about 5 years… Read more »

Staying Asleep

Staying Asleep

  Night awakenings can be difficult to deal with. Here we try to shed some light into the darkness of problems with sleep maintenance, with emphasis in children.   Though some individuals complain about being able to fall asleep, others may have concerns that they are unable to stay asleep. This is a concern that… Read more »