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The Effortless Sleep Companion

February 11th, 2014
Having recently reviewed Sasha Stephens's incredible (in my opinion) book, The Effortless Sleep Method, I'd like to share my opinion of her follow-up, The Effortless Sleep Companion. Again, I'm very impressed. Stephens knows her subject matter, and makes sure that the reader is left in no doubt about her approach to beating ...

Putting the Fear of Sleeplessness to Rest

Putting the Fear of Sleeplessness to RestFear can be a powerful disincentive to change. It was one of several factors that kept me from undergoing cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) for over a decade. Not that I wasn’t eager to trade in my bad nights for ...

The Effortless Sleep Method

BOOK REVIEW.
I've recently read a book which claims to cure insomnia. One of the main points it makes is that there's no such thing as insomnia. Some may be tempted to hurl it at the wall at this stage; however, I persevered and I'm now almost totally cured and utterly convinced that it makes sense. Author of ...

Building a Routine When You Have Bipolar Disorder

Building a Routine When You Have Bipolar DisorderHaving a routine helps people with bipolar disorder maintain stability. “Unexpected stressors can lead to episodes for me so the better I can plan things, the more stable I am,” said Elaina J. Martin, who writes Being ...

9 Tips for Destressing Getting the Kids to Bed

9 Tips for Destressing Getting the Kids to BedOne of the sweet pleasures of parenting can be the nightly ritual of tucking a child into bed. It can also be a waking nightmare. It’s up to us. And, yes, it’s important. Children who feel loved, cared ...

How to Avoid Bedtime Struggles

How to Avoid Bedtime StrugglesMother of two young kids, Molly Skyar, interviews her mother, Dr. Susan Rutherford, a clinical psychologist, about best strategies for enforcing bedtime with young kids and how your parenting decisions today may affect your child as an adult. Molly: I received this question from ...

Tips for Getting to Sleep — and Staying Asleep

Tips for Getting to Sleep -- and Staying AsleepScenario 1: You’re nice and relaxed. You’ve gotten into your comfortable pajamas, and you’ve gotten in just the right spot. You’re warm, comfortable, and in no time you are fast asleep. ...

Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Psychologist Christina Hibbert

Clinicians on the Couch: 10 Questions with Psychologist Christina HibbertIn our monthly series, clinicians share the behind-the-scenes of their work and life. They talk about what it’s like to conduct therapy -- the surprises, trials and triumphs -- and how they personally cope with stress. They also ...

Is School a Healthy Place for Your Child?

Is School a Healthy Place for Your Child?It continues to amaze me that contemporary parents who are so concerned about their children's health and safety continue to ignore all the evidence that school is increasingly an unhealthy place for ...

4 of the Biggest Barriers in Bipolar Disorder

4 of the Biggest Barriers in Bipolar Disorder People with bipolar disorder can face many challenges -- from the illness’s fluctuating feelings to its destructive effects on relationships. Below, two experts reveal some of the biggest obstacles and offer strategies to overcome them. Challenge: Uncontrollability “Bipolar disorder can ...

Exploring Your Dreams: Q&A with Robert Moss

Exploring Your Dreams: Q&A with Robert MossDreams can provide us with a wealth of information. But many of us dismiss our dreams. Robert Moss encourages individuals to embrace their dreams and better understand them. Below, Moss explains why understanding our dreams is so important, how ...

Understanding & Coping with Cyclothymia

Understanding & Coping with CyclothymiaIt’s a disorder that leaves you at the mercy of your moods, but tends to be subtle enough that you may not even understand you’re struggling with diagnosable symptoms. It’s not particularly common, and there’s not much information available. Cyclothymia affects up to ...

Infant Feeding Methods and Maternal Sleep and Sleepiness

breastfeedingThe choice to breastfeed an infant is intensely personal. Yet because of the well established health and psychological benefits of breastfeeding for both the mother and infant, it has also become a medical decision. For this reason, any real or perceived disadvantage of breastfeeding should be ...

Resolving Infant Sleep Disturbance

Resolving Infant Sleep DisturbanceQ: Our 14-month-old son constantly awakens during the night and won't stop crying unless we hold him for long periods of time. We have tried "following the book" and ignoring his cries but he just doesn't stop and after 30-45 ...

3 Relationship Pitfalls When Entering Parenthood & Pointers to Help

3 Relationship Pitfalls When Entering Parenthood & Pointers to HelpCouples are often surprised just how much a baby changes their relationship and their lives. In fact, “A baby will change virtually every component of your life: physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, relational, social, financial, logistical and spiritual,” ...

Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia

BOOK REVIEW.
From the first sentence, Blake Butler’s poetic voice is clear. He writes: “Into the version of the sky above my house one afternoon when I was twelve, the nearby high school released a flood of pink balloons.” Throughout Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia, Butler does not lose this creativeness, nor does his unique vantage point ...

Into Your Dreams

BOOK REVIEW.
Into Your Dreams: Deciphering Your Unique Dream Symbology to Transform Your Waking Life, by Janece O. Hudson, Ed.D. is a comprehensive guide to unraveling the mystery of those nocturnal dialogues we call dreams. Unlike most dream books and interpretations, here is a personalized look based not solely on science or esoteric belief systems but an integral ...

5 Ideas for Boosting Your Energy When Depression Strikes

5 Ideas for Boosting Your Energy When Depression StrikesDepression is as much a somatic (physical) disorder as it is a psychological one. Energy loss is a common somatic symptom. It can easily set off a debilitating cycle that prevents depression from lifting. That’s because the less ...

9 Common Questions About Dreams Answered

9 Common Questions About Dreams Answered Ever wonder why you keep having the same dream over and over again, what your nightmares actually mean and why some dreams seem downright wacky? For most of us, dreams are a mystery. They make little sense — ...

Hints To Help Kids Get Enough Sleep

Hints To Help Kids Get Enough SleepSetting healthy sleep habits when your child is young is key for their wellbeing. Here, Stephanie Silberman, Ph.D, clinical psychologist, sleep specialist and author of The Insomnia Workbook: A Comprehensive Guide to Getting the Sleep You Need, ...

7 Ways Parents Can Help Their Teens Get Enough Sleep

7 Ways Parents Can Help Their Teens Get Enough SleepYou might be surprised to learn that teens actually need more sleep than adults. Unfortunately, they tend to be very sleep-deprived. But as parents, you can do a lot to help them establish a healthy routine and get enough ...

The First Line of Treatment for Insomnia That’ll Surprise You

The First Line of Treatment for Insomnia That'll Surprise YouWhenever most people have serious trouble sleeping, they automatically reach for a sleeping aid, whether that’s a prescription or over-the-counter medication or a natural remedy. But these solutions, as psychologist and sleep specialist Stephanie Silberman, Ph.D, ...

Do You Believe These 10 Sleep Myths?

Do You Believe These 10 Sleep Myths?Sleep is a natural part of our lives. It’s a subject that many of us instinctively assume we know a lot about. But sleep is surrounded by many myths and misinformation. Sleep specialists Lawrence Epstein, M.D., and Stephanie Silberman, ...