How to Cope with Nightmares

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If you’ve experienced a nightmare before, you know how terrifying they can be. Waking up with your heart pounding, unable to get the images out of your mind.  As the pandemic drags on, sleep and dreams have become popular topics and many people are experiencing changes in their typical dreaming habits. Knowing what a nightmare is and how to cope … Read More

Insomnia and Depression: Common Misconceptions and Evidence-Based Treatment

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Having trouble sleeping? And feeling depressed? You are not alone. Insomnia and depression are closely connected and also, often misunderstood. It is estimated that 10-15% of the population struggles with chronic insomnia (lasting more than 3 months) and 7-13% have had at least one major depressive episode. These estimates are based on pre-pandemic numbers and likely there are significant increases … Read More

4 Reasons You Can’t Sleep Right Now and What You Can Do About It

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Sleep during the pandemic is a topic that seems to be coming up a lot. While some people are sleeping better since COVID-19 started, many more are struggling with insomnia symptoms. Here are some of the reasons why you might be having a hard time sleeping right now. And with a few small changes, you can improve your sleep. Your … Read More

Why your FitBit is making your sleep worse

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Wearable sleep tracking devices are ubiquitous these days. As a therapist who focuses on sleep, I often have clients show me their FitBit data and how much “deep sleep” and REM they are getting. This is something that will bring clients to my office in the first place. One of the first recommendations I make is to stop wearing the … Read More

The 3 Biggest Myths That Are Hurting Your Sleep

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Lately it feels like we are inundated with news about the importance of sleep. A few recent headlines include: “losing just 16 minutes of sleep can affect next day’s performance”, “you’re not getting enough sleep and it’s killing you” and even “insomnia can kill you.” When we read headlines like this, it understandably creates fear and stress. Many people don’t … Read More

Should I try Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i)?

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If you are like many people reading this, you struggle with your sleep. Maybe you have trouble falling asleep, or it might be hard to stay asleep through the night. You are a light sleeper and wake up tired every morning. Or maybe you envy your spouse or friends who are “good sleepers” and make it look easy. You might … Read More