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

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.

“Til Morning,

The Harpoleptic