We need sleep to survive and to lead happy, balanced and productive lives.
Insomnia or sleep deprivation is a pervasive problem that can lead to serious physical and emotional issues. Sleep deprivation can cause daytime tiredness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. Over time it can lead to problems such as high blood pressure, weight gain, diabetes, depression, anxiety and impaired immune function.
Millions of people have turned to prescription medications to sleep better. However, these medications are not always without their own problems. Some can be addictive, cause unpleasant side effects, lose their effectiveness over time, as well as interact with other medications.
The good news is this: A restful night’s sleep is absolutely possible without the use of medications. Medical studies have shown that a mindfulness based treatment program for insomnia can be just as effective as medications and can also result in a more natural, restorative sleep over time.
In this 6-week course, we will cover:
● The importance of sleep and good sleep hygiene
● Tips for avoiding some of the most common issues that interfere with sleep
● The current best practices for coping with wakefulness
● Breathing techniques to induce calm and sleepiness
● Bringing attention to the body for emotional awareness and to practice self-compassion/soothing
● The link between looping thoughts/rumination and the activation of the sympathetic nervous system
● Progressive relaxation exercise
Barbara Burggraaff, M.D. (Board Certified Sleep Specialist)
Mary Linda McBride
Dates: February 19th and 26th
March, 5th, 12, 19th and 26th
Early Bird Registration: $199 on or before February 5th