Does Caffeine Negatively Impact Sleep?

Now that I have recorded my regular 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 orContinue reading “Does Caffeine Negatively Impact Sleep?”

The Benefits of Tracking Your Sleep

To improve your sleep, the first thing you need to do is to get a baseline of where it is at. To do this, the many sleep recording options can generally be split into two categories: Objective Measures and Subjective Measures. Objective Measures The gold standard for objective measures is called polysomnography (PSG). This typicallyContinue reading “The Benefits of Tracking Your Sleep”

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 qualityContinue reading “The Four Key Components of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia”

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? AcuteContinue reading “Insomnia and Depression: We Need to Start Targeting the Sleep Problems”