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?”

Do the Little Things We Do Matter?

I love the above quote by Lao Tzu. It really highlights to me that all of the little choices we make in life are important, especially in the long run. Not any one choice, or any particular action, unless it is unusually severe or unforgivable. I’m talking about the little things that we do onContinue reading “Do the Little Things We Do Matter?”

It’s Okay to Still Fall into Life Traps… We All Do!

Life-traps are self-defeating ways of perceiving, feeling about and interacting with oneself, others and the world. If you are wanting to get a sense of what your life-traps may be, the book ‘Reinventing your life’ by Jeffrey Young is an excellent place to start, as it goes into 11 different ones. If you want a moreContinue reading “It’s Okay to Still Fall into Life Traps… We All Do!”

Shame and Guilt: Which One is Helpful, and How Can We Effectively Manage These Difficult Emotions?

What are shame and guilt? In the fascinating and comprehensive book ‘Shame and Guilt’ by June Tangney and Ronda Dearing, they describe shame and guilt as universal human emotions that are functionally important at both an individual and a relationship level. Features shared by shame and guilt (Tangney & Dearing, 2002): Shame and guilt are bothContinue reading “Shame and Guilt: Which One is Helpful, and How Can We Effectively Manage These Difficult Emotions?”

Can Music Help You to Relax at Night and Sleep Better?

The twentieth variable that I will be manipulating across a two week period to examine its impact on sleep is music. I will see if listening to music before bed can help me to wind down and feel sleepy earlier, and if listening once I am in bed helps me to get off to sleep quicker. Continue reading “Can Music Help You to Relax at Night and Sleep Better?”

The Need to Belong

Historically Before the industrial revolution, humans lived in small groups that they were born into and had minimal interaction outside these groups for the duration of their lives. Because humans were not great at surviving in the wild, we used our frontal lobes, communication skills and opposable thumbs to work together to build villages andContinue reading “The Need to Belong”

What Happens if You Go to Bed Too Early?

The fifteenth variable that I will be manipulating across a two week period to examine its impact on sleep is the effective behavioural intervention for insomnia called stimulus control. I will see if going to bed too early can substantially reduce sleep quality.  I will discuss what my data shows, how easy or difficult I foundContinue reading “What Happens if You Go to Bed Too Early?”

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”