Return to Sleep Health

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.

Best to everyone!

‘Till Morning,

Michael

Ep 23: The Sleep On Cue App, part 2

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.

Enjoy and learn!

‘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