Ok I’m back after a hiatus. Lot’s of changes in the world! Lockdowns seem to be easing now, so good news there.
The big news here is that Dr Daniel Erichsen and I have launched an online Sleep Coach School! It is a where anyone can get education and certification in sleep coaching. We both feel this is sorely needed, and it is our attempt to help the millions with chronic sleeping trouble on a mass scale. We have compiled a series of video modules in a bunch of different areas of sleep/sleep coaching, giving our own unique perspectives. There is a multiple choice exam at the end to earn our certification. For our members, we offer Friday drop-in sessions with myself or Daniel to help with specific issues with concepts, clients, etc. We also offer a self-help sleep coaching program for those struggling with their own sleep. I strongly encourage you to check it out at www.thesleepcoachschool.com!
The Sleep On Cue app is still available on iPhone, and is currently helping hundreds and hundreds of users with sleep training. One of the most common types of feedback is how it has helped a user decrease or eliminate their need for a sleeping medication or supplement. It’s a great iPhone app for sleep and insomnia! And speaking of apps, Daniel has developed the Bedtyme app for doing your own CBTI for insomnia. I strongly encourage you to check out both apps!
And as always, I am available for Sleep Coaching via any communication method you prefer (Zoom is popular!). Shoot me a message and we can get to work on your sleeping trouble or follow up with me on an existing problem.
What is the essence of CBTI? There are two: one is the core behavior, and the other is the core goal. The behavior leads to successfully reaching the goal. Have a listen to episode 19 of Sleep On It! to learn these two cores!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.