How Can We Improve Our Sleep During Uncertain Times?

Well, that was chaotic. I was volunteering as a Clinical Psychologist on the Australian Volunteer Program for the past 18 months in Port Vila, Vanuatu. It was meant to be a two-year role, but unfortunately due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Australian Government suspended the entire volunteer program worldwide and we were forced to comeContinue reading “How Can We Improve Our Sleep During Uncertain Times?”

My 8 Easy Guidelines for 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 wantedContinue reading “My 8 Easy Guidelines for Improved Sleep”

How do we change our stress levels if they are not helping us to function well during the day or sleep well at night?

Stress levels that are both too low and too high can cause problems at different times of the day and in different situations. It is important to first figure out if your stress level is too low, too high or just right for the situation that you are in. The best way to figure outContinue reading “How do we change our stress levels if they are not helping us to function well during the day or sleep well at night?”

The Importance of Sleep for Good Mental Health

Ministry of Health Vanuatu May 2019 Mental Health Newsletter The Importance of Sleep for Good Mental Health Sleep difficulties are a feature of nearly every mental health difficulty, including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use issues, bipolar disorder and psychosis or schizophrenia. Take Depression for example. Up to 90% of individuals with Depression have sleep difficulties,Continue reading “The Importance of Sleep for Good Mental Health”

What Are the Best Strategies For Improving Your Sleep?

For all of 2017, I tracked my sleep using a Sleep Diary. Looking back at the whole year of data, it is now possible to determine which intervention and variable led to the best sleep. Let’s have a look at the top 3 interventions for each sleep parameter, and the bottom 3 interventions too. WHATContinue reading “What Are the Best Strategies For Improving Your Sleep?”

Can You Improve Your Sleep By Going to a Sleep Retreat?

Just the other week I was featured in an article in the Daily Telegraph and the Herald Sun on sleep retreats. It was weird because I had been planning on running some sleep retreats already, but hadn’t yet. Stranger still, I hadn’t told anyone about my idea yet, and it was the first article that I haveContinue reading “Can You Improve Your Sleep By Going to a Sleep Retreat?”

Will Your Sleep Improve if You Take Melatonin Tablets Regularly?

The twenty-fifth and last variable that I tested in 2017 to examine its impact on sleep is melatonin. I will see if taking melatonin every night for a week can have a substantial effect on my sleep quality.  I will discuss what my data shows, how easy or difficult I found this strategy to implement,Continue reading “Will Your Sleep Improve if You Take Melatonin Tablets Regularly?”

Would Being More Creative Improve Your Sleep?

The twenty-fourth variable that I will be manipulating across a two week period to examine their impact on sleep is creativity. I will see if using mindfulness colouring books, doing jigsaw puzzles or playing on DJ decks can have a substantial effect on sleep quality.  I will discuss what my data shows, how easy orContinue reading “Would Being More Creative Improve Your Sleep?”

Can Doing Yoga or Pilates Regularly Assist Sleep?

The twenty-third variable that I will be manipulating across a two week period to examine their impact on sleep is yoga and pilates. I will see if doing yoga or pilates in the early evening can have a substantial effect on sleep quality.  I will discuss what my data shows, how easy or difficult IContinue reading “Can Doing Yoga or Pilates Regularly Assist Sleep?”

Could Sensory Deprivation Float Tanks Help Your Sleep?

The twenty-second variable that I will be manipulating across a two week period to examine their impact on sleep is float tanks. I will see if having two sensory deprivation floats in a week can have a substantial effect on sleep quality.  I will discuss what my data shows, how easy or difficult I foundContinue reading “Could Sensory Deprivation Float Tanks Help Your Sleep?”