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The Problems with Being a Med Head

Aug 01, 2019

Insomnia sucks. That is for sure. There is really nothing worse than having to do word problems in your head: “if I fall asleep NOW, I can get 3 and a half hours of sleep.” And then worrying about how you might be on three and a half hours of sleep, which kills the half hour, so now you are down to three hours. So, maybe an Ambien might be a good thing… Or not…

Careful there. This time last year, a Georgia woman was arrested when she was driving the wrong way on the highway the day after using Ambien, AS PRESCRIBED, to help her sleep. She failed the standard sobriety test and told police that she had no idea of how she ended up going the wrong way.

So many times, it can be tempting to just “pop a pill” and make things all better. But sometimes that may have side effects which actually make insomnia worse, or you might have something else that is keeping you up, that you might not realize is keeping you up.  One time, a colleague who is an...

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Fixing just one thing can make a big difference

Jul 25, 2019

Are you tired of being tired? And wouldn’t a good night’s sleep probably make everything else seem less problematic?


In treating insomnia, I have found that when someone can do what needs to be done to get a good night’s sleep, and maintain this for a while, they were also able to do what needed to be done to beat depression, anxiety, and trauma. It seems like there is some more research to back this up.


In a study published this year (2019) in Sleep Medicine, it was shown that treating insomnia with psychotherapy actually improves depression and heightened anxiety before going to sleep. While this study was done with postmenopausal women, it has been my experience that this has worked for others as well.


It’s amazing how treating one thing can lead to so much health in other areas that weren’t even being targeted in treatment.


If you would like to see how getting a better night’s sleep can help you, schedule a 15...

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Customizing Insomnia Treatment

Jul 18, 2019

I am always on the lookout to find additional non-pharmacological ways to help you get the sleep you need, so that you may have the energy you need to live the life you want.

While I have found experientially that hypnotherapy has been helpful for those with insomnia, I found an interesting study with solid evidence that shows how helpful it is.

In an article published last year, in the journal Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, a study concluded that combining both cognitive-behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-i) with hypnotherapy for insomnia (HT-i) resulted in great outcomes for people. This was true for people with depression and insomnia, as well as those who didn’t have depression, and still had insomnia.

The study concluded that combining both CBT-i and HT-i is effective in reducing symptoms of depression and improving sleep. For those without depression, they experienced a significant increase in sleep efficiency and an increase in performance.

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