Sleep: Bringing it all togetherJune 28 , 2012

Over your lifetime, you will spend more of your time sleeping than doing any other activity.  While sleep and happiness are inextricably tied together, a lot of people create stress and anxiety about sleep that can be avoided all together.

Over the past month, I’ve shared some of the best science behind sleep and how to improve the amount and quality of your sleep.

Sleep and Happiness

The research is clear.  Getting enough sleep is a significant contributor to our happiness.  In this post:

Sleep: A Simple Tool to Increase Your Happiness 

I summarize the top research that links emotions to sleep, provide a few questions to evaluate whether you may be sleep-deprived and provide the single most important thing you can do to get more sleep. (Remember what it is?  Hint:  Do you have a set bedtime?)

Getting Quality Sleep

It’s not just the amount of time you are asleep that matters to happiness.  The quality of that sleep is a major contributor to your outlook.  In this post:

Your happiness depends on the QUALITY of your sleep

 I mention many proven tips for sleeping well during the time you are in bed.  You’ll learn many simple things you can do to help you sleep better!

Managing Insomnia

Somewhere between 10% and 20% of the population has some form of insomnia.  In this post:

Good Night, Insomnia!

 I share one of the most surprising and effective methods for managing your insomnia: Spend less time in bed.  You can read how best to implement this plan and why it works.

Managing Your Thoughts about Sleep

One of the most pernicious causes of insomnia is simply our fear of not sleeping enough.  Our well-meaning minds take a night or two of less-than-ideal sleep and create a chronic problem.  In this post:

Good Night, Insomnia! Part 2. Negative sleep thoughts.

I discuss how to turn those thoughts around and use that fabulous mind of yours to help you get back to sleep.  This post is chock full of little morsels of data to counter those negative sleep thoughts and replace them with more restful ones.

Sleep is an important part of happiness and there is a lot you can do to get more quality sleep.  So have a good night.  And sleep well.

Eric Karpinski
The Happiness Coach

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