As we enter the new year and find ourselves reflecting, it is our hope that this article helps you sleep and rest better if you have been struggling with insomnia. People with insomnia often experience irregular sleep times, difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, early awakening, daytime fatigue, excessive napping….and the list goes on. In fact, current statistics show that [Read more…]
In the fast-paced streets and schedules of New York City, it is no surprise that many New Yorkers find it difficult to get a restful night of sleep. To help you snooze successfully, here are some scientifically supported sleep hygiene tips to help you fall and stay asleep:
- Maintain regular bed and rise times. Try to go to sleep and to wake at regular times each day, including weekends. Given that weekend routines can often deviate from weekday routines, a good rule of thumb is to rise no more than 2 hours later on a weekend morning compared to weekday mornings. A second rule of thumb is to maintain strict rise times no matter the bed times. So that means no matter how late the party ended on Saturday night, you must still rise and shine as close to your regular rise time on Sunday morning! These two simple rules reset our circadian clock each morning and allow us to achieve consolidated sleep at bedtime throughout the week.
What is cognitive processing therapy?
Cognitive processing therapy (CPT) is a type of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that was developed by psychologists in the Department of Veterans Affairs. It was specifically designed to help people suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which may arise after someone experiences a traumatic event. PTSD can include symptoms such as nightmares, depression, flashbacks, panic attacks, avoidance, intrusive thoughts, exaggerated startle response, and feeling constantly “on alert.”[Read more…]
Are you trying to inject more mindfulness into your life? Good for you!
Practicing mindfulness can feel like a complicated endeavor that’s rife with opportunities for discouragement or concerns that you’re doing it “wrong.” Instead of sinking into the frustration, keep trying–mindfulness practice helps you feel more serene [Read more…]
Take a moment to answer the following questions. What do you spend the most time doing? What activity takes up the majority of your day, your week, your month (or even your year — in case you started to sing the “Friends” theme song to yourself)? Despite what you may have seen on TV sitcoms, for most of us it’s not hanging out with friends in a coffee shop — it’s working! Now consider this: [Read more…]