Does Caffeine Negatively Impact Sleep?

Now that I have recorded my normal sleep for two weeks as a baseline, the fun of experimenting begins. For each episode, I will be manipulating one variable and looking at the impact that it has on my sleep over a two week period. I will then discuss what my data shows, how easy or… Read More

The Benefits of Tracking Your Sleep

To improve your sleep the first thing to do is to get a baseline of where your sleep is at. To do this, there are a number of options that can generally be split into two categories: Objective Measures and Subjective Measures. Objective Measures The gold standard for Objective Measures is called a polysomnography (PSG).… Read More

Are You Asking the Right Questions In Your Search For a Therapist?

If you were searching the web as a consumer, looking for the best Psychologist, would you know what to look for?  If you said that you would look for someone experienced, it is a good guess, but years of experience don’t seem to make too much of a difference when it comes to improving therapeutic… Read More

8 Easy Steps to Improved Sleep

My Sleep Research Being part of an innovative sleep research team was what led me to do my Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Monash University. Professor Shantha Rajaratnam is a world-leading expert in Chronobiology, and has received major grants for his research. His results have been published in excellent journals, and I knew that I wanted… Read More

Insomnia and Depression: We Need to Start Targeting the Sleep Problems

What is Insomnia? Insomnia can be defined as the subjective difficulty in the initiation or maintenance of sleep, or non-restorative sleep, resulting in significant impairment in daytime functioning (American Psychiatric Association, 2013).  Common daytime symptoms of Insomnia include low energy, fatigue, impaired concentration and memory difficulties (Edinger et al., 2004). How common is Insomnia? Acute… Read More

The Four Key Components of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia

Cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) is an efficacious treatment for primary insomnia, resulting in enduring and long-term sleep benefits. It is considered to be an effective treatment for insomnia that is co-morbid with substance abuse, medical and/or psychiatric conditions. Because of the overlap between insomnia, physical health, and psychological health, improving the sleeping quality… Read More