Cultivating Mindfulness to Help Sleep

Mindfulness has also been shown effective in helping to improve sleep, including reducing symptoms of insomnia and other sleep disturbances, as well as reducing daytime tiredness and fatigue. Mindfulness, according to research, also can help alleviate one of the prime obstacles to sleep: worry.

Use the Wisdom of Ayurvedic Medicine to Improve Your Sleep Tonight

You’ve heard me talk a lot about circadian bio rhythms, and how crucial they are to our sleep and our broader health. What if I told you there is a form of medicine that has advocated the importance of daily bio rhythms—the daily when—for thousands of years? Ayurvedic medicine is probably the first adopter of…

Reflexology Therapy for Less Stress, More Relaxation, and Better Sleep

Is anybody NOT feeling stressed these days and having that stress upset their sleep? If so, I haven’t heard from them. We’re in the midst of society-wide upheavals that have left just about everybody anxious and not sleeping great. And let’s be honest, many of us haven’t been sleeping well for a long while. I…

Cortisol and its Effects on Your Sleep

It’s a hot topic in sleep research: the relationship between cortisol and the quality and patterns of sleep. I’ve been talking about cortisol for a while, but I’ve never devoted a stand-alone article to this important topic. It’s time to correct that. Today, I’ll talk about the role that cortisol plays in the sleep-wake cycle,…

5 More Flexible, Achievable, Totally Worth-it Sleep Goals for the New Year

Love them or hate them, it’s that time of year: resolution time or what I like to call it REST-O-LUTION time. I like the spirit of renewal, reflection, and progress that comes with the new year, and gets embodied in resolutions. I always make a few, and I encourage my patients to think about the…

Can being optimistic improve your sleep?

Are you a glass-half-full type, the sort of person who tends to feel everything works out in the end? Do you find yourself worrying a lot about the future, and the unknowns that lie around the corner? Optimism is a measure of how positively we regard our daily challenges and how hopefully we look to…

What Sleep is Like at Every Age: 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and Beyond

I’ve been writing about what sleep looks like at every age. Last week, we covered sleep in young adulthood, right up to the start of middle age. This week, I’m jumping back in to talk about how we sleep during middle age and throughout our older years. At every stage of life, we face different…

The Benefits Of Floating For Sleep And Mental Health

Last week, I introduced you to the practice of floatation REST therapy: what it is, how it works, and some of the important effects it can have on the body and mind. Today we’re jumping right in to look in more detail at how float therapy can be used to treat sleep problems and other…