Build Yourself a Regular and Robust Sleeping Pattern

Building Your New Sleeping Pattern ‘Build’ is the penultimate step in The Sleep School’s 5 step process and focuses on establishing a regular and robust sleeping pattern by strengthening the biological processes that regulate sleep. When you can’t sleep it is easy to adopt unhelpful coping strategies such as going to bed early, getting up late or sleeping during the day… Read more »

The Vicious Cycle of Chronic Insomnia and Pain

Almost everyone will have experienced a disturbed night of sleep as a result of pain. Sore muscles after a heavy training session, an aching body during a bout of flu, headaches or abdominal premenstrual cramping can all cause sleep loss. For some, the pain can be associated with illness such as Cancer, including its treatment… Read more »

Is your Diet Keeping You Awake?

When you can’t sleep and feel shattered during the day it’s easy to fall into the ‘quick fix’ trap by eating stimulating foods containing sugar and caffeine. Whilst these may help in the short term to boost your energy levels, they often lead to even lower daytime energy and worsening night-time sleep. I’d like to… Read more »

Welcome Sleep Fears to Overcome Insomnia

The Survival Response Your survival response is your body’s way of preparing itself for danger by readying you to either stand and fight or run in flight. Whilst such a response is great if you’re being attacked by a predator, it’s not helpful if you are trying to sleep. Unfortunately when you struggle against sleeplessness, this… Read more »

Ipad Use Before Bed Disturbs Sleep

If you were lucky enough to get a new e-reader or tablet TV for Christmas, the chances are you used it right up to going to bed. Whilst such devices have their obvious advantages, new research suggests that you could be better off sticking with your traditional paperback book. The study published in the Proceedings… Read more »

Acceptance – the key to overcoming insomnia

For many people, the word ‘acceptance’ is commonly confused with the more negative state of being resigned. You are resigned to your insomnia if you think that you will never sleep properly again or that you have tried everything and nothing works for you, that your brain has forgotten how to sleep and as a… Read more »

Top Ten Tips to Stop Snoring

What is snoring? Snoring is the snorting and rattling sound made by the vibration of the airway tissue at the back of the mouth, nose and throat during sleep as we breathe in and out. It occurs because of a partial blockage in the airways due to the relaxation of the muscles holding them open…. Read more »

Sleep, Schools, Comets & Comedians

On Wednesday night I was invited onto the Islam Channel’s flagship show – Living the Life. At first glance, it is not easy to see what a Rapper, Comedian, Astronomer and Sleep Specialist might have in common, but amazingly it worked! You can view me talking about the importance of sleep with presenters Sadiya and… Read more »

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