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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

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

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What is... psychology series

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

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What is... psychology series

What is… Dreaming

In this series, I dig a little deeper into the meaning of psychology-related terms.  This week's term is dreaming. We all have dreams, whether we remember them or not, but what exactly are they?  The reality is that no one really knows for sure.  There are a few things we do know, though. REM sleep… Continue reading What is… Dreaming

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Mental health

Working On Us Week #13 – Sleep Disorders

This is week 13 of the working on us mental health prompt series over at Beckie's Mental Mess.  This week's topic is sleep disorders and insomnia.  For guidelines on how to participate, please visit Beckie's post. Prompt #1 Questions: Have you, or do you suffer from sleep disorders?  I don't have a sleep disorder, but I've… Continue reading Working On Us Week #13 – Sleep Disorders

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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

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Mental health

Doing the circadian rhythm dance

I saw a post on this topic not long ago on Pointless Overthinking, and it was something I wanted to give a little more thought to. What is a circadian rhythm? According to Wikipedia, a circadian rhythm is one that lasts approximately 24 hours and persists even if there is an absence of variations in light… Continue reading Doing the circadian rhythm dance

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Mental health

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 CBT for Insomnia

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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

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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