This webinar is the first of a three-part series produced by the Program to Achieve Wellness that addresses challenges and solutions for getting enough sleep. Dr. Peggy Swarbrick and Dr. Crystal L. Brandow presented this installment of the webinar series. The webinar recording can be a valuable resource for psychotherapists, psychologists, therapists, and individuals who struggle to get sufficient sleep.

Adequate sleep is essential for the human body. It allows the body to rest and recover and plays a vital role in processing memories. But getting sufficient sleep is often difficult for people with behavioral health concerns. Medications, symptoms, daytime habits, and stress can all contribute to insomnia in people experiencing behavioral health concerns. This resource offers a comprehensive look at the importance of sleep, factors that may disrupt it, and ways to improve it. Getting enough sleep at night is vital for achieving wellness during the day.

Sleep occurs in several stages. The deepest stage, Rapid Eye Movement (REM), is when the body begins to rest and repair itself. Antidepressants, heavy smoking, and alcohol use can interrupt REM sleep. REM is essential in brain development, learning and memory retention, and protein production. For restful sleep, care must be taken during the day and before bedtime to develop healthy sleeping habits. The presentation makes practical suggestions on improving the sleep environment, including guidance around aromatherapy, white noise, electronics, and mattress support.

Watch the rest of this series: Part 2 | Part 3.

This resource was first shared in 2018.

(Presentation, YouTube)