Does Sharing Your Bed With Someone Wreck Your Sleep Quality?

The seventeenth variable that I will be manipulating across a two week period to examine its impact on sleep is sharing the bed with someone else. I will see if being if my sleep quality is better with or without a bed partner. I will discuss what my data shows, how easy or difficult I foundContinue reading “Does Sharing Your Bed With Someone Wreck Your Sleep Quality?”

Do You Need to Buy a New Bed if You Want to Improve Your Sleep?

The sixteenth variable that I will be manipulating across a two week period to examine its impact on sleep is the comfort of the sleeping environment. I will see if sleeping in a bed is better for sleep quality than sleeping on the couch or sleeping on the floor.  I will discuss what my data shows,Continue reading “Do You Need to Buy a New Bed if You Want to Improve Your Sleep?”

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?”

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 therapeuticContinue reading “Are You Asking the Right Questions In Your Search For a Therapist?”

Divorce: Common, Tough, and Sometimes Necessary

In July 2015 my divorce was officially finalised. It was a tough decision to end the marriage, and for this reason, I have yet to speak about it on my blog, but there have been a few events recently that have made me want to speak up and share my story. The first is thatContinue reading “Divorce: Common, Tough, and Sometimes Necessary”

Is Watching TV Before Bed Harmful For Sleep?

The third variable that I will be manipulating across a two week period to examine its impact on sleep is TV – specifically watching it in the last two hours before bedtime. I will discuss what my data shows, how easy or difficult I found this strategy to implement, and what previous research says. TheseContinue reading “Is Watching TV Before Bed Harmful For Sleep?”

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”

How Have Intimate Relationships Changed Over the Years, and Where Does It Leave Us Now?

I just finished reading the book ‘Modern Romance: An Investigation’ by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg and was pleasantly surprised to see such a well-researched book written predominantly by a Stand-up Comedian (with a helping hand from a Sociologist). For those of you who don’t know Aziz, his stand-up shows typically consist of interesting observationsContinue reading “How Have Intimate Relationships Changed Over the Years, and Where Does It Leave Us Now?”