Category: sleep and insomnia

Can You FLOAT Your Way To Better Sleep? 0

Can You FLOAT Your Way To Better Sleep?

I had a patient in my office recently for an appointment, and she couldn’t wait to tell me about an experience she’d had. “I did my first float,” she said, her expression both excited and serene. She described the experience as nothing less than transformative. She’d been a little nervous at first, she said, but she found it surprisingly easy to relax, once she was floating in the pool of warm water, wrapped in silence and darkness. “It was the most amazing thing,” she confided. “I thought maybe I’d fallen asleep, but I was awake the whole time. My mind just went into a whole different place, somewhere so deeply peaceful. For once, I had no sense of time.” She went on to tell me she’d been trying to meditate for years, and floating brought her to what she felt was a meditative mindset she’d never been able to experience before. The calm and relaxation she felt after her float session stayed with her for some time. She had already booked her next appointment.

Float therapy has been around for

Working Memory And Sleep – If You Want A Better Memory Get Better Sleep. I’m On Adam Carolla’s Podcast 0

Working Memory And Sleep – If You Want A Better Memory Get Better Sleep. I’m On Adam Carolla’s Podcast

This was a great week for me. I was in California, and was an honored guest on the Adam Carolla podcast! It was a ton of fun working with Bald Brian, Adam, and Gina. We talked about everything you can imagine and then some.

This week I read two studies that I think we can all learn a little something from. Both were reported in Medical News Today looking at the effects of sleep on something called working memory.

Working memory is defined as the short-term memory that a person uses on a daily basis, while going about their day, driving places, getting things, etc. As we get older, no big surprise here, working memory begins to decline. Researchers noticed that two separate aspects that could be affecting this decline, and making it worse, depressed mood, and you guessed it, SLEEP.

The study is in the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society and it looked at both the accuracy of memory and if these factors work together or separately to have their effects on memory.

According to the article:

For …

What You Need to Know About the FDA’s New Warning For Sleep Medication 0

What You Need to Know About the FDA’s New Warning For Sleep Medication

What you need to know about the FDA’s new warning for sleep medication

This is not medical advice, but it is information you can use as a conversation-starter with your physician at your next appointment.

I don’t talk a whole lot about prescription sleep medications here. That’s because I am interested in addressing the root causes of sleep problems, and helping people achieve the natural, lasting improvements to sleep that come from awareness of how sleep and the body’s daily bio cycles really work. Prescription sleep medications, while they can be effective and I do believe there is a place for them in treating certain sleep disorders, in many cases these interventions do not address the underlying issues and health conditions that fuel sleep problems. The more scientific evidence we gather about prescription sleep medications, the more serious their risks appear to be. At the same time, research is also increasingly showing the limits of their benefits—and the superior effects of non-pharmacological treatments such as cognitive behavioral therapy, supplementation and bright light therapy.

Today, I am talking about prescription sleep meds because of new warnings issued by the Food and Drug Administration for

Do You Have A Sleep Deprived Love Life? 0

Do You Have A Sleep Deprived Love Life?

This week has been great. I am home all week, catching up on calls, articles and my reading. I saw a wonderful article in Psychology Today (where I post my blog as well), and it really put this question into perspective for me.

There is a good bit of research now showing how sleep directly affects our ability to get and maintain a romantic relationship.

Excerpt Taken from Psychology Today:

  1. Well-rested individuals are judged as more attractive. Poor sleep habits might be hurting your chances of catching the eye of your desired partner by lowering your perceived physical attractiveness (Axelsson et al., 2010). Photos of sleep-deprived individuals were rated as significantly less attractive, more tired, and less healthy compared to photos of the same person well-rested.
  2. Sleep deprivation may hurt your game. If your sleep is suffering, research suggests that your ability to appreciate humor is likely suffering too—and caffeine won’t help (Kilgore et al., 2006). This means that a good night’s sleep may facilitate more successful flirting.
  3. Poor sleep can fuel conflicts. (Gordon & Chen, 2014). Evidence gathered
Reducing Sleep Apnea With Breathing Exercises 0

Reducing Sleep Apnea With Breathing Exercises

It has been a CRAZY week for me again.

I returned from Taiwan working with Princess Cruises and the Princess Luxury Bed on Sunday morning at about 7am and I was timeshifting the entire way. It worked perfectly, and I am really glad that it did.

On Tuesday at 7am I was giving a lecture for the Milken Institute as their first ever Sleep Speaker!

Then flew to Orlando to speak at WATTS, an aviation conference where I spoke on sleep and aviation safety, and then that afternoon flew to NYC to give another lecture called The Exhausted Executive: Sleep for Peak Performance. Whew! That was quite a week.

During all of my travel, I was able to get in a few articles and this one was very interesting looking at future research in sleep and Alzheimer’s, reported by Medical Express:

“The University of Maine was recently issued a patent for a device that detects brain injury by measuring sleep movement patterns, reports Medical Express.

The invention is a fitted mattress sheet equipped with more than a dozen sensors …

Thinking Of Using A Weighted Blanket? Here’s What You Need To Know. 0

Thinking Of Using A Weighted Blanket? Here’s What You Need To Know.

Have you ever considered using a weighted blanket for sleep? Long used as a sleep aid and anxiety reducer for people with conditions including ASD, ADHD, and sensory processing disorders, weighted blankets have definitely caught the interest of the general public. I’ve had several patients ask me about how they work, and it seems like time to bring that conversation here.

Anxiety is a major problem for sleep. There’s an abundant body of research that demonstrates the anxiety-sleep connection. I see anxiety wreaking havoc with my patients sleep and I hear from many of you how stress, anxiety, and a “wired and tired” mind interfere with your ability to fall asleep and rest soundly at night. Anxiety can intrude on sleep at any age; kids have this sleep issue, as do many adults. It can occur for all kinds of reasons, from environmental and circumstantial stressors to physical and psychological conditions.

Some time ago, I began working with the company Remzy to develop a weighted blanked designed to help everybody feel more calm, more able to relax in comfort,

Insomnia Has Been Genetically Identified And How To Sleep During Your Menstrual Cycle 0

Insomnia Has Been Genetically Identified And How To Sleep During Your Menstrual Cycle

This week was filled with interesting research that I think can be very valuable for all of us. There were three sleep studies that I think you will enjoy and get great benefit from reading.

Looking at this first study, I thought it was fascinating that in patients who were above 60 and diagnosed with insomnia, 21% of them had to increase their blood pressure medications.

Unfortunately, we do not know which medications were being used.

Researchers think there may be a few reasons why this could be occurring. First is that when you use a pharmaceutical for sleep, many of them decrease your drive to breathe. This is called respiratory drive and it can be compromised when taking certain sleeping pills like Valium, Restoril, Xanax, etc. This can lead to sleep apnea, and undiagnosed sleep apnea can lead to an elevation in blood pressure. There was also discussion that some of …

Divorcing but still in the same bed 0

Divorcing but still in the same bed

What do people do if they plan to divorce or leave their partner but they haven’t acted yet? They sleep in the same bed until the time is right to leave. It is important they keep mentally together and get the help needed. Even if you have previously had bad advice, it is worth trying […]

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Don’t Google Sleep 0

Don’t Google Sleep

imageIf you Google sleep, because you can’t sleep, you will be inundated with too much to keep you awake so I think it should probably be avoided. If you Google anything, you will probably be inundated so I think if you are trying to sleep, stay away from technology. Probably an alarm is okay (a […]

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3 Things Entrepreneurs Must Know To Sleep Better 0

3 Things Entrepreneurs Must Know To Sleep Better

This week was filled with a little travel, and some relaxing down time for reading. I really enjoy Entrepreneur magazine and last week was a story on why Entrepreneurs need more sleep. I liked this idea so much that I have decided to expand upon it a little more here because let’s face it in one way or another we are all Entrepreneurs (bake sale fundraisers to tech startups).

One of the most famous entrepreneurs who has talked openly about her significant sleep problems in the past is Arianna Huffington. She tells her story of when she basically collapses from exhaustion and cuts open her cheek. Another well known entrepreneur who may still currently be struggling with sleep issues is Elon Musk. I wrote about him previously where he said:

“It is often a choice of no sleep or Ambien.”

These are critical situations people fall into when they are working 24/7, like when they start up a new business or are scaling a company, and we want to try to avoid them. There are three areas entrepreneurs’ …