Episode 192 End Insomnia with Colleen Ehrnstrom

Everyone has had a stressful day, leading to a sleepless night laying awake wondering when sleep would come.  Unfortunately, for some this is a nightly battle.  One in three adults suffers from insomnia, and one in ten claim it is severely debilitating.  Using Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy (BCT) to help those suffering, Colleen Ehrnstrom is reaching out to those in need.  In her book End the Insomnia Struggle, Colleen Ehrnstrom has laid out several plans to help those suffering recreate their body’s patterns to sleep again.  Since everyone is different, the plans can be modified around different lifestyles and needs.

Topics covered in this episode:

  • What inspired you to write this book?
  • What is insomnia?
  • What is normal sleep?
  • What are common sleep patterns of someone with insomnia?
  • What’s a sleep log?
  • What’s the circadian rhythm and why is it important?
  • If our bodies have a natural drive and cycle to sleep, then how do we end up with problems?
  • What factors can contribute to insomnia?
  • What is stimulus control therapy?
  • Who should use Stimulus control therapy?
  • How does it help insomnia?
  • What rules does SCT have?
  • How long does it take to work?
  • What is sleep restriction therapy?
  • What can be expected when someone gets started?
  • How important is it to have a consistent sleep schedule?
  • How does napping affect night time sleeping?
  • How should we transition from sleeping to waking?
  • What activities are best to do before bedtime?
  • What other sleep hygiene points are important?
  • How can we deal with negative thoughts/anxiety surrounding sleep?
  • How can someone tell if this program is working?
  • What changes should someone expect to see?

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