In several posts and in The Sleep Diet I discuss the power of Behavioral Sleep Medicine. I find the concepts of Sleep Restriction, Stimulus Control, and Sleep Hygiene to be most effective when coupled with Relaxation Therapy. Mindfulness is a very effective method of developing the relaxation response. Here are some YouTube links that I have found to be very informative.
Keywords: The Practice of Mindfulness TEDx
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMlaSCxZPN4 – 17 Minutes
Keywords: Mindfulness Starts with the Body
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AGnGRgyLwMs – 15 Minutes
Keywords: Mindfulness Taster Jon Kabat Zin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5Fa50oj45s – 12 Minutes
Keywords: Mindfulness Jon Kabat Zin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vgKzXdwtRE – 20 Minutes
Keywords: Jon Kabat Zin How Mindfulness Can Change Your Life
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJjyrzqkXrE – 24 Minutes
Neuroscience of Mindfulness:
Keywords: Cognitive Neuroscience of Mindfulness
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sf6Q0G1iHBI – 48 Minutes
Body Scan Meditation:
Keywords: Guided Body Scan Meditation
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obYJRmgrqOU – 10 Minutes
Guided Relaxation Therapy:
Keywords: Ocean Guided Meditation Deepak Chopra
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D56tUOdpgts – 4 Minutes
Keywords: Blissful Sleep Meditation Deepak Chopra
Introducing Calming Techniques For Kids:
Keywords: Relaxation Techniques Kids
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FswMJi_ho-4 – 3 Minutes
Progressive Muscle Relaxation For Kids:
Keywords: Muscle Relaxation for Kids
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaTDNYjk-Gw – 13 Minutes
Guided Relaxations For Kids:
Keywords: Relaxation Technique for Children Jelly Belly
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqPxSLRtKAw – 6 Minues
I have a 1 hour link for a sleep meditation at the end. Why?
– The more effective one is at practicing mindfulness throughout the day, the better you can utilize it when you “need” it.
I have mindfulness for kids listed at the very end. Why?
– Once a parent has cultivated their relaxation response, they can then effectively introduce their child to these techniques.
Encourage others to encourage others.
Jose Colon, M.D., MPH