Keeping track with square breathing
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Keeping track with square breathing

Noticing your inhale and exhales can be powerful. But when I’m anxious — and many clients agree — it’s very easily to lose track of the breath.

Sleepless In Seattle
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Sleepless In Seattle

I'm teaching four live classes this spring. I love these in-person connections, so people can stop hating their sleepless nights.

New video series: Renewing in Chaos: Resting in the Trump Administration
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New video series: Renewing in Chaos: Resting in the Trump Administration

To help you rest when angst gets in the way, I'm developing a video series, Renewing in Chaos: Resting in the Trump Administration. It's seven videos with tools and perspective you can use to get the rest you really need.

Do you need more self-compassion?
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Do you need more self-compassion?

If you’re like many of us, you may not realize your self-compassion tank is running low, which can keep you from resting.

Subtracting Sheep and Counting Blessings: Coping with Insomnia
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Subtracting Sheep and Counting Blessings: Coping with Insomnia

The wonderful Liz Redhead Kriston writes a great blog, including this post on insomnia. Hope you enjoy her writings.

Have you tried melatonin?
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Have you tried melatonin?

Have you tried melatonin? It’s a neurohormone naturally produced by your pineal gland at night to help you rest and sleep.

Three Ways to Release Dread
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Three Ways to Release Dread

If you find a way to come back to the present, you can stop or lessen that dreadful story spiral. Which actually gives you resources to handle the futures that arise. Here are three ways to break the reality of dread and come to the safe and secure present moment. The first two are amazingly simple, and potent. The last is more mindful and a little tricky, but it opens up a wider view.

Post-Election: Can You Rest and Sleep?
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Post-Election: Can You Rest and Sleep?

Everybody needs renewal during insomnia. And this election had so much hate and fear, some of us will have a harder time feeling safe to rest and sleep. Here's how I did it last night.

Should I Keep Mentioning Sleep? (Shopping, love, and rest)
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Should I Keep Mentioning Sleep? (Shopping, love, and rest)

I too often blamed my late husband, wanting him to be perfect. And that relates to how many deal with insomnia, rest, and sleep (really!) For a long time, I barely mentioned sleep, concerned it would interfere with rest. Now I'm talking about how Restful Insomnia invites sleep. Is that a good idea?

Do you wear PJs? Arianna Huffington and Doctors for America
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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! (Bad Meditation and Insomnia)
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You Are Not the Boss of Me! (Bad Meditation 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 ...

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