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Stop the winter blues: This is how you beat SAD

Winter is here and the darkness is overwhelming. Not getting enough natural light every day is a well justified worry. Anxiety, mood changes, sleep problems, tiredness, irritability, overeating, panic attacks, dampen spirits are all symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This condition is experienced in various degrees of intensity by millions of people, particularly those living in the […]

Can’t sleep? Try mindfulness, and find your own way.

Many people feel that mindfulness /meditation is not for them regardless of many attempts.  One problem often is that we don’t get how ‘letting go’ works and focus on (forcefully) clearing our mind. All efforts go to make the thoughts go away. In this kind of situation we can try another way. Rather than using […]

How to sleep with chronic insomnia – is there hope after years of poor sleep?

Yes there is, and you hold the key. The underlying question is what are you willing to do in order to sleep better. If the answer is ‘nothing really as I am otherwise content with my life’ you are not going to get very far with your sleep quest. If, however, you are ready to […]

Are you an owl or a lark? How to take most of your natural biological clock?

“You are a lark” says the sleep profile report from The BBC Sleep Profiler. No big surprise here, as morning clearly is my prime-time, but it makes me think. As my energy level is highest in the morning how can I adapt to my natural biological clock even better? And how can I avoid the slump […]

10 tips for better nights, and days.

Stopping fighting has been the most critical factor in my personal progress.  This has meant acceptance but not surrender. It has meant that I carry responsibility of the healing myself. When I stopped fighting, I started healing. I do think healing is a personal combination of many things and happens step by step. Personally I […]

Challenge with doctors

Most sensitive sleepers have experienced a massive challenge with doctors. Professor Colin A Espie says that it’s common for people with insomnia to feel misunderstood. More often than not doctors do not really know what to suggest either. Insomnia is so ubiquitous that it’s often dismissed by doctors as normal part of life. Technically speaking, […]

When to seek help

When is the right time to seek help for poor sleep? A person with insomnia needs a doctor’s attention if it lasts longer than three to four weeks, or sooner if it interferes with a person’s daytime activities and ability to function. In general, you should consider visiting your GP/Doctor if a lack of sleep […]

Other sleep treatments

EMDR-method Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy developed by Francine Shapiro. Shapiro noted that when she was experiencing a disturbing thought her eyes were involuntarily moving rapidly. She noticed further that when she brought her eye movements under voluntary control while thinking a traumatic thought, the anxiety was reduced. Shapiro developed EMDR […]

Laughter therapy and sleep

Laughter therapy and sleep: Overview One essential characteristic that helps us laugh is not taking ourselves too seriously. We’ve all known the classic tight-jawed sourpuss who takes everything with deathly seriousness and never laughs at anything. So not fun! The act of laughing stimulates hormones called catecholamines, which in turn release the happy juice — […]

Hypnosis and sleep

Hypnosis and sleep People have been arguing over hypnosis for more than 200 years, but science has yet to fully explain how it actually happens. We see how a person is under hypnosis, but it’s unclear why he or she is like that and how the mind actually works. It’s unlikely that scientists will arrive […]