Medications that can help with nightmares: cartoon of scared person in bed
Psych Meds

Medications That Can Help with Nightmares in PTSD

Anyone can have nightmares, but up to 80% of people with PTSD experience nightmares as a symptom of their PTSD. The idea for this came from an article that SkinnyHobbit shared about the treatment of nightmares, which is based on recommendations from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in 2018. What can worsen nightmares Some… Continue reading Medications That Can Help with Nightmares in PTSD

Sleep hygiene infographic: happy bed, avoid caffeine, decrease screen time
Mental Health & Illness

Sleep Hygiene: Creating Conditions That Promote Sleep

Back in 2018, I did a post 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 not taking anything specifically for… Continue reading Sleep Hygiene: Creating Conditions That Promote Sleep

MH@H Book Reviews

Book Review: This Book Will Make You Fall Asleep

This Book Will Make You Fall Asleep from Andrews McMeel Publishing is an absolutely adorable book in which you make friends with Kip the sheep who will guide you from awake to asleep. The book includes sleep hygiene types and quotes related to sleep.  My favourite: "Life is something to do when you can't get… Continue reading Book Review: This Book Will Make You Fall Asleep

What Is... Series (Insights into Psychology)
Insights into Psychology Series

What Is… Sleep and Dreaming

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… Continue reading What Is… Sleep and Dreaming

Mental Health @ Home book reviews: Mindfulness for Insomnia
MH@H 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: disrupt negative associations with bed, only go to bed when sleepy
Therapy

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Insomnia

Sleep—it's so important to have, yet sometimes so hard to get. Mental illness can make getting a good night's sleep particularly difficult. 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… Continue reading Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for Insomnia

Psych Meds 101 series: Anti-anxiety meds, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, and sleep meds
Psych Meds

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