Insomnia

Finding Your Sleep Sweet Spot: How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

Do you often wonder how much sleep you truly need? It’s a question many of us grapple with, and the answer may not be as straightforward as we think. It’s important to consider: how much sleep do you need for what? Indeed, the amount of sleep required just to stay awake throughout the day may differ from what’s needed for

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Chronic Pain

Understanding Alexithymia and How It Influences Chronic Pain

Have you ever found it challenging to recognize and feel your emotions? If so, you’re not alone. Alexithymia, a condition marked by difficulty identifying and expressing emotions, affects a significant portion of the population. This inability to connect with your emotional experience can have far-reaching implications beyond emotional intelligence—it can also influence how we experience chronic pain. Pain neuroscience has

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Chronic Pain

Separating Fact from Fiction: 5 Myths About the Brain and Chronic Pain

If you live with chronic pain, you know it can feel like navigating a never-ending maze of discomfort, frustration, and uncertainty. Whether it’s persistent back pain, migraines, or fibromyalgia, chronic pain can impact your quality of life and overall well-being. However, amidst the challenges of chronic pain lies truth you may not be aware of: the brain plays a pivotal

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Insomnia

Exploring Why You Are Still Tired, Even After a Good Night’s Sleep

Have you ever woken up after what should have been a restful night’s sleep, only to find yourself still feeling exhausted? It’s a frustrating experience that many face, and the reasons behind it can be complex. Despite our best efforts to prioritize sleep, the reality is that fatigue can persist even when we give ourselves adequate time in bed. While

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Chronic Pain

Is Chronic Pain All in Your Head? The Truth About Neuroplastic Pain

Chronic pain is an affliction that impacts millions of individuals around the world daily. Yet, despite its prevalence, chronic pain often remains misunderstood and stigmatized. One of the reasons behind this misunderstanding is the resistance to consider the brain’s significant role in chronic pain. Many people find it hard to fathom that chronic pain can be intricately tied to the

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EMDR

How Trauma in One Generation Can Impact Sleep in the Next

Trauma is a powerful force that can leave a lasting imprint on individuals, affecting not only their mental and emotional well-being but also their physical health, including sleep patterns. What’s often overlooked is the potential for these traumatic effects to transcend generations, impacting the sleep of children and grandchildren. Let’s explore how trauma can alter the brain and nervous system,

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Chronic Pain

Exploring People-Pleasing and Its Impact on Chronic Pain

Have you ever found yourself saying “yes” when you really wanted to say “no”? That’s the sneaky trait of people-pleasing. Many of us have been there, striving to meet the expectations of others while silently neglecting our own needs. Yet, could this habit not only impact our minds but also potentially contribute to physical symptoms in our bodies? People-pleasing is

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Insomnia

Is a Sleep Divorce Right for You? Understanding the Benefits

Do you find yourself tossing and turning, unable to get a good night’s sleep because your partner’s snoring, tossing, or different sleep schedule keeps you awake? If so, you’re not alone. Many couples struggle with incompatible sleep patterns, leading to a lack of sleep for one or both partners and a whole lot of frustration. If you have a hard

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Chronic Pain

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Transform Your Relationship with Chronic Pain

As we get ready for a new year, it’s not just a time for resolutions focused on healthy eating, fitness, or career goals—consider turning your attention inward to address chronic pain through the power of intention. The intricate relationship between stress, anxiety, and chronic pain is often underestimated, with the key player being the complex network of neural pathways within

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Insomnia

Your Guide to Better Sleep Over the Holidays

The holiday season is a time of joy, but it can also bring its fair share of sleep challenges. Late-night festivities, irregular schedules, and family activities often take a toll on our sleep and self-care practices. But don’t worry, strategies from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i) can help you keep your sleep on track, even during the holidays. The Impact

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