Sleep hygiene infographic from Sleep Better: The Little Book of Sleep
Mental Health

How My Sleep Hygiene Has Evolved

Back in 2018 I did a post on my not-so-hygienic sleep hygiene, looking at the sleep hygiene recommendations (specifically the ones from American Sleep Association) that I was and was not following. I decided to look back and reflect on what's changed since then. What hasn't changed is that I can't sleep without medication. I'm… Continue reading How My Sleep Hygiene Has Evolved

What is... insights into psychology series
Insights into Psychology

What Is… Sleep

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is sleep.  It's something we all need to do, but what exactly is it? Sleep involves altered consciousness and decreased reactivity to sensory stimulation from the environment.  The brain's energy consumption drops significantly, which allows for the repletion of… Continue reading What Is… Sleep

book cover: Mindfulness fo rInsomnia by Catherine Polan Orzech and William Moorcroft
Book Reviews

Book Review: Mindfulness for Insomnia

Mindfulness for Insomnia by Catherine Polan Orzech and William H. Moorcroft lays out a day-by-day four-week meditation program to facilitate sleep. I'll start off by saying that I read the book because I was curious about the method, but I didn't actually practice it myself.  Aside from the sleep education in the first part of… Continue reading Book Review: Mindfulness for Insomnia

CBT for insomnia infographic
Mental Health

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Insomnia

Sleep - so important to have, yet sometimes so hard to get (find out more in What Is... Sleep).  Whether it's depression where you're exhausted but can't sleep or mania where you have too much energy to feel the need for sleep, insomnia is something that spans across diagnoses.   For many of us, medications… Continue reading Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Insomnia

Sleep hygiene infographic from Sleep Better: The Little Book of Sleep
Mental Health

Not-So-Hygienic Sleep Hygiene

I used to be that enviable person who could sleep anytime, anywhere.  In university, I would regularly fall asleep in my first class after lunch.  When travelling, I would be able to fall asleep on planes, trains, and automobiles, making travel companions über-envious.   And then mental illness came along and it was a whole… Continue reading Not-So-Hygienic Sleep Hygiene

Psych Meds 101 series from Mental Health @ Home
Mental Illness Treatment

Psych Meds 101: Sleep Meds

The Psych Meds 101 series on my perspective as a mental health nurse, former pharmacist, and person with depression. This final post in the series focuses on sleep meds. While some of these meds are primarily for sleep, many have other uses as well.  The choice of medication for any given person will be based… Continue reading Psych Meds 101: Sleep Meds