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Do you wear PJs? Arianna Huffington and Doctors for America

Here's the recording of the Doctors for America presentation on physician wellness & sleep with Arianna Huffington. The hour was jam-packed with good ideas, for both people who dismiss the value of sleep and those of us who crave it.

You Are Not the Boss of Me! (Your Mind and Insomnia)
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You Are Not the Boss of Me! (Your Mind and Insomnia)

Jeezy peezy, was my mind in charge last night. I was pounced on and awakened by the stupidest of thoughts . . . . This was not my usual relationship with my mind. Ah, I realized, I’d not done my half-baked meditation for a week or two. And even bad meditation makes all the difference.

Smash a champagne bottle on the computer monitor? New website launched!
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Smash a champagne bottle on the computer monitor? New website launched!

Smashing a bottle would make my desk really messy. But I keep picturing that image to announce the launch of my updated website (finally, amen and hallelujah).

Question: Isn’t the bed just for sleep? ​

A participant asked me whether the bed should just be used for sleep. This behavior modification suggestion can be useful if your only alternatives are sleeping or suffering. However, Restful Insomnia creates another association with the bed, to pleasantly replenish the body, mind, and spirit.

"I no longer dread waking up at night"

"I no longer dread waking up at night"

Tools to Dive Deep into Rest had a great launch last month – five hour-long sessions included over 30 techniques to soothe the obstacles that can keep you antsy, stressed-out, and just A-WAKE when you’d rather sleep.

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World's “smartest” woman shares ​​​​​​​new Restful Insomnia tool

"Virtual dreaming" to help you rest, from Marilyn vos Savant.

Impossible? How to deeply rest when your mind is terrified
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Impossible? How to deeply rest when your mind is terrified

Have you ever felt trapped at night in terror? How do you rest in the face of a frightening situation you can’t control?

Does Insomnia Have to Be Stressful?
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Does Insomnia Have to Be Stressful?

I know, for most of you Insomnia Stress is redundant, like saying..."round earth" or "nose with two nostrils." But it doesn't have to be that way.

Webinar to Reduce Insomnia Stress – and it's free!
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Webinar to Reduce Insomnia Stress – and it's free!

Come join a free webinar about the stresses of insomnia, Thursday, February 18 at 5 pm Pacific time

Turn Your Resolutions into Acceptance
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Turn Your Resolutions into Acceptance

It’s the time of the year to be a new you, right? But th​e idea of being “right” in our resolutins keeps us from loving ourselves as the wonderful and complex humans we are, moment to moment. Here’s an alternative to New Year’s resolutions, to help you change…and rest as well.

I-Want-Itis: Getting What You Really Want
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I-Want-Itis: Getting What You Really Want

It's the time of the year when your mental wish list pops up all the time. How can you reduce the fever of I-Want-Itis so you can rest?

Stop Trying to Sleep: Reason #2
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Stop Trying to Sleep: Reason #2

Are you like so many of my clients when they first contact me? They… Just Want To Sleep! If you’ve subscribed to the Restful Insomnia newsletter for a while, you might have realized that chasing sleep…well, it can make your nights hell.

How to soothe feverish, coughing, stuffed-up nights
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How to soothe feverish, coughing, stuffed-up nights

How to rest when you're all stuffed up and feel sick and yucky.

Managing Your Stormy Insomnia
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Managing Your Stormy Insomnia

Turns out that changes in barometric or atmospheric pressure from storms (such as when areas of low pressure move into areas of higher pressure) can also affect your body.

Are you down to your last nerve?
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Are you down to your last nerve?

Do you feel down to your one last nerve when you struggle for sleep and are unable to rest? Well, if that one remaining nerve is your vagus nerve, you may be in luck. That's because the vagus nerve ...

How to rest in really challenging places

How to rest in really challenging places

How to Rest in Really Challenging Places Some of my clients hate spending the night in an unfamiliar motel room. Others blissfully relax, letting go of daily life and stress. But what about spending the night in really challenging places ...

Insomnia Meds and Alzheimer's

Insomnia Meds and Alzheimer's As a society, we’re so used to taking pills—for infection, anxiety, depression, heart function, blood pressure...and insomnia. But we often forget how powerful these drugs are. As you know, medications can affect ...

Rustling Paper May Help You Relax

Get this! There are over 2.6 million “relaxing” videos online of women and men whispering, tapping their fingers, folding towels, rustling paper, brushing fake fur, pretending to cut hair, and slowly sorting through baseball cards. I checked out some ...

Forgiveness, loving, and responsibility

Forgiveness, loving, and responsibility

Every time I drove by the corner of Brooklyn Avenue and 53rd Street, I’d get mad, even after 15 years. That’s when a stoned-out driver darted in front of me. I swerved, but we still crashed at the ...

Reverse Your Stress...Relax From the Top Down
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Reverse Your Stress...Relax From the Top Down

While I still get insomnia, it doesn’t bother me much anymore. Except for the last few nights.... I traveled rocky sleepless roads filled with non-stop thoughts and stress. I had to continually ask my inner GPS to recalculate to ...

Step 4: Relax into lack of control
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Step 4: Relax into lack of control

Do you get irritated when you can’t sleep? Angry? Pissed off? Raging mad? Join the club. Anger is a terrible lullaby—no surprise. Instead of getting the rest you want, you spend the night noticing everything that’s wrong ...

Daylight savings time--split the difference

Daylight savings time--split the difference

Daylight savings/standard/confusion time drives me nuts. Despite setting my clocks ahead during the day (which helps a tiny bit), my body and time orientation is all skewed for days. I heard there are more car accidents the Monday ...

Insomnia without suffering
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Insomnia without suffering

I had insomnia last night. I woke with a brain full of worries and sadness and lists and tension. I added the stress of no sleep to my list of woes. I knew all the Restful Insomnia(TM) techniques--I developed ...

Restful Insomnia in Seattle Magazine
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Restful Insomnia in Seattle Magazine

In November, I went to a photo-shoot at Hotel 1000 in Seattle. Upscale but not hoity and a great photographer. Now, that photo and an article about Restful Insomnia is in January Seattle Magazine. What fun....

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