Sleep and its associated problems

Here is the first Newsletter from Integrating Awareness for 2012, with a few bits and pieces that I hope will be of interest to you. The theme for this issue is sleep and its associated problems, with articles about:

  1. The effects a lack of sleep may have on your physical and emotional wellbeing;
  2. The possible deadly effects that normal use of sleep and anxiety medications may have;
  3. The link between sleep problems and fibromyalgia;
  4. The connection between post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and sleep problems.

It is my intention to send out regular (once every month or second month) newsletters with information relating to personal development, relationship issues, mindfulness & meditation practice, sleep & sleep problems, managing chronic pain, and similar subjects. I will also include information about upcoming workshops and other events that I may organise as the year moves on.

To make the newsletter interesting and worthwhile, I intend to include both theoretical information and practical tools that you may have use for in your life. Also, if there is a particular subject that you would like me to write something about, send me your suggestion, and I will take it into consideration for a future newsletter issue.

Sleep and sleep problems

As you may already be aware, I have a particular interest in helping people overcome sleep problems without taking sleep medication. It’s amazing how many people struggle to get a good night’s sleep these days – almost one in five people have serious sleep problems! And unfortunately most of the ideas people have about how to sort out their sleep problems have been provided directly or indirectly by the pharmaceutical industry.

But a lot of people don’t feel comfortable about taking sleeping pills, and for that matter, sleeping pills are actually not much of a solution, other than as short term relief for a few days. For a longer term solution there are much better options, as scientific research has clearly demonstrated. Nevertheless, the majority of people that I have helped getting back to good, healthy, natural sleep have come to see me as a “last resort,” sometimes after months or years of suffering, and sometimes after discovering that even sleeping pills don’t work for them anymore …

Anyway, if you want to learn more about sleep and my drug-free solution to sleep problems, please visit this page: Sleep problems and Sleep therapy.

Sleep deprivation and its effects on your physical and emotional wellbeing

Sleep deprivation has effects on your ability to drive a car similar to if you have been drinking quite a lot of alcohol. Not getting enough sleep may also lead to heart disease, stroke, and premature death! Read more…

Sleep medication may cause premature death

Research published in the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry has shown that taking medications commonly used for treating insomnia and anxiety increases the risk of dying by 36%! The research involved more than 14,000 people over a 12 year period from 1994 to 2007. Read more…

Sleep problems and fibromyalgia

Research involving more than 12,000 women in Norway indicates that, over a 10 year period, women with sleep problems are at significantly higher risk of developing fibromyalgia than women without sleep problems. Read more…

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and sleep problems

Sleep disturbances are common for people who have experienced a traumatic event, and are often an indication that severe symptoms of PTSD may develop. Reversely, it also seems like pre-existing sleep problems may diminish people’s resiliency to PTSD. Read more…

I hope you found something that interested you in these articles!

Until the next time,

Be well and enjoy Being!

Lars Andersson