Whether your kindergartners are being encouraged to wash their hands more frequently, your middle schooler is being sent home with extra homework to prepare for school closures, or your high schooler is googling and chatting with their friends, your child has inevitably heard about the novel coronavirus. While this is an uncertain and anxiety-provoking time for everyone, it can be especially frightening for children and teens who may have limited access to reliable information. They may feel [Read more…]
One common mistake made by insomnia sufferers involves their approach to waking up in the morning. If it takes you several hours to fall asleep, once you get to sleep you want to get all you can! Who wouldn’t? The real problem begins when our alarm goes off. Once we hear that alarm, we remember how little sleep we got. The we have to decide whether to get up or whether to treat ourselves to some more sleep. For people with chronic insomnia who have chosen a healthy regular bedtime and wake time schedule for themselves, it is better to get up when the alarm goes off. Will this be an appealing option at the time? No. But it will help set the stage for a better night of sleep the next night.
This has been the first in a series of insomnia tips from the Manhattan Center for CBT.
• Are you stressed by the idea that you can “never keep up” with all that is going on?
• Do you say yes to experiences that you do not enjoy, simply to avoid missing out on them?
• Do you feel that you are constantly “waiting for something better to come along”?
• Do you spend a lot of time regretting past decisions and imagining how things could have been better?
• Do you need to constantly check social media for updates, even while engaging in other enjoyable activities?
• Do you often attempt to compare your life to others’ to see if yours “measures up”?
“Uncertainty is an uncomfortable position. But certainty is an absurd one.” – Voltaire
Uncertainty is an unavoidable part of life. Many of us feel distress when faced with uncertainty. This makes sense, given that sometimes things do turn out badly, or not as we would like. Nevertheless, the “not knowing” [Read more…]
Most people have trouble sleeping from time to time. However, for some people, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep can become the norm. This phenomenon is called insomnia and leads to daily distress and disruption. Insomnia can include trouble falling asleep, trouble staying asleep, or not [Read more…]