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Are we really getting less sleep today compared to the past?

If you read the news and believe all the sensationalist headlines, you're probably under the impression that mankind is going through a stage of chronic sleep deprivation. That may not be the case, though. Although some studies have suggested that average sleep duration has declined over the last few decades, [...]

Are these dysfunctional beliefs preventing you from falling asleep?

The Dysfunctional Beliefs and Attitudes about Sleep Scale is a 16-item survey designed to evaluate sleep related thoughts. Studies have found that those who score highly on the scale (ie those with the strongest dysfunctional beliefs and attitudes) are more likely to have issues with insomnia, particularly when it comes [...]

Paradoxical intention therapy is an easy technique to help you sleep

Most cases of insomnia are caused by incorrect thoughts and behaviors towards sleep. Known as psychophysiologic insomnia, sufferers often focus far too much attention on their sleep (or lack of it). This makes sleep more difficult, creating a negative cycle of worry and sleep deprivation. Healthy sleepers tend to take a passive [...]

How much sleep do I need?

I speak to a lot of people who struggle with insomnia and other sleep issues. One phrase I hear all too often is: I struggle to get 8 hours of sleep. When I hear this, I usually find sleep issues to be the result of anxiety towards sleep. These individuals [...]

New research identifies some interesting global sleep patterns

A recently published article has just shed some light on global sleep patterns. The data was collected by an app designed to reduce jet lag. Users of the app could opt-in to allow data on their sleep to be sent back to the app's servers. Some of the more interesting [...]

Smoking in your teens may lead to insomnia in your thirties

We already know that the the sleep health of our children influences a number of health outcomes including obesity, alcohol and drug abuse, academic achievement and even risk of self-harm. Now it would appear that unhealthy habits such as smoking may increase the risk of developing insomnia later in life. [...]