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Have you ever had to force yourself to go to sleep at night? Do you wake up in the middle of the night and find yourself lying in bed for hours and hours? Maybe you just couldn’t avoid bringing up a difficult conversation with your partner at bed time? Why not use naps, meals, caffeine intake, and even spiritual practices to help you sleep better? Dr. Carmen Roman talks about all these things and more.

She offers a simple definition of insomnia and shares some helpful ideas for optimal sleep hygiene. If you’re struggling with getting to sleep at night or staying asleep, you’ll find better ways to get rest don’t involve medicine or alcohol. Dr. Carmen lays it all out here.

What you will learn in this episode:

  • Ways you can improve the quantity and quality of your sleep
  • Insomnia defined
  • What are the symptoms?
  • Identifying some common causes of insomnia
  • Simple ways help yourself get to sleep more EASILY
  • Why falling asleep with the TV on may not be a good idea
  • How to rest with a light on
  • The effects of trauma on sleep deprivation
  • A great investment for dealing with trauma
  • The Consequences of insomnia
  • Tips for optimal sleep hygiene (including thoughts on napping, caffeine, meals, exercise, and more)
  • Arranging your environment for better sleep
  • Thoughts on having conversations at night
  • Other helpful night time activities
  • Ways to cope with anxiety
  • The #1 mistake people make when they can’t sleep
  • The use of faith and spiritual practices as sleep aids
  • How to navigate work shifts and its effects on your sleep

References:

Beyond the Couch Podcast – Insomnia: How do you sleep? (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/insomnia-how-did-you-sleep/id1218053599?i=1000390100562&mt=2)

Connect with Dr. Carmen Roman:

Website – http://www.emotionsinharmony.com

Email her at carmen@armoniaemocional.com

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DraCarmenRoman/

Twitter https://twitter.com/DraCarmenRoman

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/user/cafecitovirtual

Post Author: Carmen Román, Ph.D.

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