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 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

Ep 9: Get Up, Get Light, Get Active

In episode 9 of the Sleep On It podcast, I describe the rhythmic nature of sleep which, when lined up with the obvious natural sleepiness that builds the longer you are awake, helps you fall asleep at a consistent time each night. But lining up these two sleep drives isn’t done at bedtime. Have a listen to hear how you can make this alignment, and how two guys deep in a Kentucky cave last century showed that the sleep/wake rhythm is not as exact as you might think!

‘Til Morning,

The Harpoleptic

Ep 8: Sleep: Don’t Try It At Home!

In episode 8 of the Sleep On It! podcast, I go over the absolute most important thing for someone who has asked me for guidance with their sleep to keep in mind. It is something that must be fully understood and acknowledged. And the best part is that we all know what it is and it’s really simple, but at the same time very challenging.

What is it you ask? Have a listen!

‘Til Morning,

The Harpoleptic

Ep 7: Last Steps Before CBTI

In episode 7 of Sleep On It!, I (eventually) get to 5 things to do/consider/understand prior to embarking on CBTI. For example, have you talked with your doctor about your sleep? Are there any simple/obvious things to take care of first? Are you even ready to make behavioral changes to improve your sleep? If so, let’s gooooo!

Showed my amateur status as a blues harp player with not my strongest effort this time. But will step it up with more practice and open mics!

‘Til Morning,

The Harpoleptic

Ep 6: Just a Few Questions Ma’am

In episode 6 of Sleep On It! I go over the questions I like to ask of someone who asks for my help with his or her sleep. This can help characterize the type of sleep trouble the person is having and provide insight into which of the CBTI-based strategies might be most effective. It can also help determine if the sleep problem is insomnia or sleep sleep deprivation, which are very different, and help the person develop a list of questions for their doctor.

Watch for my interview with sleep specialist Dr. Daniel Erichsen which should be available soon! And as always, enjoy a little blues!

“Til Morning,

The Harpoleptic

Ep 5: Drop and Give Me 20!

In episode 5 of the Sleep On It! podcast, I talk about a way to make the most effective part (stimulus control) of the most effective way of overcoming insomnia (CBT-I) better. And it’s not doing a bunch of push-ups or joining the Army! It’s a really cool type of intensive sleep training, and it can work fast. How fast? That’s up to you.

Improved the sound quality with some microphone setting adjustments – thanks everyone for being patient while I figure out the technical stuff! And for those who have asked, it’s a B-flat Lee Oskar harmonica.

‘Til Morning,

The Harpoleptic