Mental Health Monday-Let’s Get Some Sleep!
February 17, 2014 by pbenjay
Sorry I am posting this mental health tip from Dr. Barry Lubetkin so late in the day….clearly a sign that I didn’t get enough sleep last night. Had an early important meeting so of course I didn’t get to bed till after midnight and then couldn’t sleep!!
“Insomnia or sleeplessness is occurring in epidemic proportions. Stress, unemployment,drug,alcohol, and internet addictions, and a variety of mental and emotional disorders make getting a good nights sleep more and more difficult to achieve.
Here are some solid scientifically sound non medication tips to avoid tossing and turning for hours……..For 3 continuous weeks try the following:
1.Stop napping throughout the day
2.Wake up at the same time each morning, even on weekends and get into bed at the same time every night.
3.If not asleep within 30 minutes of lying down,get out of bed and sit and relax quietly in another room for 20 minutes before returning to bed
4.Bed is for sex and sleep! No reading,no visible clock,no eating in bed.
5.No caffeine or exercise within 2 hours of bedtime.
6.Challenge irrational ideas about sleep……eg.I MUST get 8 hours of sleep every night; My next day will be ruined completely if I don’t sleep enough.
Of course,consultation with a professional sleep specialist must be considered when sleeplessness persists despite self help efforts.”
Lubetkin is the recipient of several awards and honors within the profession of Psychology including The Annual Meritorious Service Award from The Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy (currently ABCT). He served as President of The American Board of Behavior Therapy for 12 years and has served on numerous editorial and review boards. He also served as the Editor in Chief of the Diplomate, the first journal published by the American Board of Professional Psychology. In addition to his 2 books, he has published over 50 articles in the fields of Cognitive Behavior Therapy and General Psychology.