More on the Sleep On Cue sleep-training app in this episode. Especially how it reverses the natural process of how the brain associates things with each other all the time. This is the story of classical conditioning and it’s sister CBTI technique stimulus control, and how the app offers a rapid way to do stimulus control for chronic insomnia.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!