Ep 22: The Sleep On Cue App, part 1

As you may or may not know, I developed a stand-alone (no gadget required) app for smartphone in 2013 called Sleep On Cue. It is based on a scientific technique called intensive sleep retraining, developed by sleep researchers in Australia, and my app is a home version of it.

In episode 22 of my Sleep On It! podcast, I describe the process of intensive sleep retraining, based around repeated short sleep trials. It’s basically a way to practice falling asleep and reverse the conditioned response of becoming alert when going to bed that many people with insomnia feel, and it can also be a great supplement to a course of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBTI).

I invite you to check out my Sleep On Cue app on the Apple App Store store!

‘Til Morning,

The Harpoleptic

Ep 21: Harp On It!

How’s this for a comparison: sleep and harmonica! No, I haven’t lost my mind (at least not all of it 🙂 And I’ve actually got a pretty good set of analogies I think.

In episode 21 of the Sleep On It! podcast, I have some fun with two favorite hobbies. Be sure to listen to the end for a couple harmonica tips and my favorite teachers on YouTube. Enjoy!

‘Til Morning,

The Harpoleptic

Ep 20: Sleep Kryptonite

Anxiety destroys sleep. Especially if anxiety/worry in general becomes anxiety/worry about sleep specifically. It is very common and can be the thing that zaps your sleep powers!

Solutions? I’ve got a couple good ones in my latest episode of Sleep On It! podcast. Hope you can have a listen!

‘Til Morning,

The Harpoleptic

Ep 19: Only If Needed

A nap can be good or bad for your nighttime sleep, it depends. A nap can also be a sign of a sleep disorder that may be causing some unexplained daytime sleepiness.

In episode 19 of the Sleep On It! podcast, I share my thoughts about napping (which is different than “dozing” by the way). Have a listen!

‘Til Morning,

The Harpoleptic

Ep 17: Nocturnal Carpentry

Snoring is just flat-out disruptive. But not just to the person who has to put up with the sound. Snoring can often be a sign of a serious sleep disorder, especially if it’s moderately loud or intermittent: short periods of silence followed by the big snort and gasps. The good new is that it is pretty easy to diagnose and treat.

In episode 17 of Sleep On It!, I’ll cover all the basics of sawing logs. And maybe even a trick or two you can try out tonight to help restore some peace and quiet to your Sleep-Room!

‘Til Morning,

The Harpoleptic

Ep 16: Got a Couch-Room?

The place where you sleep should be a sleeping paradise. Other than the fact that you’ll be spending about 1/3 of your life there, it is worth taking a little time to have a look around to make sure nothing is going to disrupt your sleep: street lights shining through windows, uncomfortable bedding, dust and allergens, snoring bed-partners…all can sabotage your efforts to sleep better.

In episode 16 of Sleep On It!, I’ll help you identify any potential culprits in and around your sleeping area. Like your furry little crepuscular friend pawing at your nose while you sleep!

‘Til Morning,

The Harpoleptic

Ep 15: Insomnia Prevention?

Now that’s an enticing podcast episode title if I’ve ever seen one! The key is the question mark.

In episode 15 of Sleep On It!, I go over basic sleep hygiene, and like dental hygiene or hand-washing hygiene, sleep hygiene is meant to keep a health problem (insomnia) from starting in the first place. This includes a discussion of the two most popular sleep-affecting consumer chemicals caffeine and alcohol, but also some other insomnia “prevention” strategies. Enjoy!

‘Til Morning,

The Harpoleptic

Ep 14: Leaving the Bed

Everyone with on-going insomnia has been told, “if you can’t sleep in 20 minutes, get out of bed”. Most are also told to then, “do something boring”. I don’t like any of this.

There is a much better way to know when it’s time to leave the bed, and much better things to do than boring activities (face it, you won’t do it if it’s boring!). Have a listen to episode 14 of my Sleep On It! podcast to discover the best way to do this most fundamental (and highly effective) part of CBTI!

‘Til Morning,

The Harpoleptic

Ep 13: Imagining Yourself To Sleep

People try all sorts of things to sleep. They try to clear their mind, breathe a certain way, read the most boring thing they can find, etc. None of this works because nothing PUTS you to sleep. Sleep happens, you don’t make it happen.

But there is one thing that must happen for you to fall asleep, and it one one of the most natural, human things you do! And you do it all the time.

Have a listen to lucky episode 13 of Sleep On It! to find out!

‘Til Morning,

The Harpoleptic