Goodnight Mind: Turn Off Your Noisy Thoughts and Get a Good Nights Sleep by Colleen E. CarneyDo you find yourself lying awake at night, ruminating about the events of the day? Do you toss and turn, worrying about what you have to do in the morning or what you did earlier in the day? If so, you are not alone. In fact, insomnia is the most common sleep disorder faced by the general population today. The most common complaint in those who have trouble sleeping is having a “noisy mind.” Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, it seems like you cannot silence all the internal dialogue. So what do you do when your mind is spinning and your thoughts just won’t stop?
Accessible, enjoyable, and grounded in evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Goodnight Mind directly addresses the effects of rumination—or having an overactive brain—on your ability to sleep well. Written by two psychologists who specialize in sleep disorders, the book contains helpful exercises and insights into how you can better manage your thoughts at bedtime, and finally get some sleep.
Traditional treatment for insomnia is usually focused on medications that promote sedation rather than on the behavioral causes of insomnia. Unfortunately, medication can often lead to addiction, and a host of other side effects. This is a great book for anyone who is looking for effective therapy to treat insomnia without the use of medication.
This informative, small-format book is easy-to-read and lightweight, making it perfect for late-night reading.
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In fact, getting seven to nine hours of sleep each night can help secure your cognitive well-being. In the short term, it gives your brain time to flush out refuse matter that builds up—like protein plaques and beta amyloid tangles—through a kind of waste chute called the glymphatic system. So it pays to know a few tricks and habits to help yourself along to the land of nod.
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How to calm your overactive mind for better sleep
By Shelby Freedman Harris, Psy. As our societal demands get even greater with each passing year, we find that we are "on" 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This results in greater rates of insomnia, with more and more people reporting that they just can't turn off their brains at night. Mental over-activity is a big problem for many people, but there are some helpful techniques that might aid in quieting things down at night. Give yourself some mental and physical wind-down time.
You already know how much better you feel after a good night's sleep, but sleeping well helps your brain in less apparent ways than just not.
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