Don’t talk about sleep

Politics, sex, religion, and sleep… These are the subjects I’ve learned not to discuss in public. The last one is difficult… especially when, like me, you work in sleep. Most of the time, when asked what I do, I might say something along the lines of “I’m a doctor” or “I’m an academic,” because every […]

When insomnia is caused by another condition

When insomnia is caused by another condition Sylvia had been living with insomnia ever since a particularly intense perimenopause. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) was a life changer. But unfortunately for Sylvia, while HRT greatly reduced most of her menopausal symptoms, it did nothing to alleviate her insomnia. Sylvia is not an exception. Of the thousands […]

What does the science say?

What does the science say? A few months ago, during one of my clinics, in which I work with NHS staff suffering from insomnia, I had a fascinating conversation with Peter, a cardiologist. Peter insisted that meditation was an effective treatment for chronic/long-term insomnia—a sentiment echoed by a large majority of people. The irony here […]

Resetting the Dysregulated Sleep Program

Resetting your dysregulated sleep program I can still recall Siobhan telling me how her sleep had completely fallen apart: “I’ve lost any control I had over my sleep… I was never a great sleeper, but now things are just unbearable. Even when I am completely exhausted, I’ll wake up in the night. Sometimes just an […]

Take back control: how to stop your insomnia wheel from spinning

Take back control: how to stop your insomnia wheel from spinning you Long-term, persistent insomnia type sleep problems are complex in their workings. But most importantly, they are extremely different in their mechanism, from short-term insomnia, which typically lasts only a few months. Sadly, this is something most people (doctors, media, health influencers etc. included) […]

How to recover your lost sleep

How to recover your lost sleep You’ve just had another terrible night. You get up out of bed and struggle to make it through the day… You start thinking about how you’re going to recover those lost hours of sleep. Does this sound familiar? If it does, rest assured, you are not alone… … With […]

When Sleepiness Dies

One of the most alarming symptoms of persistent sleep issues is the sensation that your brain or body is gradually losing its natural ability to sleep.

For some, this fear escalates to the point where they worry they might eventually lose the ability to sleep altogether.

This fear, though deeply unsettling, is rooted in misconception. In reality, our bodies never forget how to sleep.

However, this fear doesn’t arise without cause.

How thoughts derail your sleep

Thoughts, perceptions and sleep

Do you know about the impact of your thoughts and beliefs on your psychology?For years, elite athletes have used the power of visualisation: Golfers visualise successful putts Footballers see themselves scoring penalties And gymnast mentally rehearse their routines. Through repetition, this mental preparation fuels their belief in success.And in turn, they are able to achieve […]

My insomnia controls my life

My insomnia controls my life  When we have chronic illnesses and issues, our go to is to try to compensate and make life easier. And it’s the same with insomnia. What I see a lot of people do is cancel their obligations and only get through the day doing the bare minimum. No going to […]

What to tell a loved one suffering from insomnia

What to tell a loved one suffering from insomnia:  The first thing to tell them is that there is a way to resolve their sleep problem. It just might not be in the avenues that they are currently looking. And that’s not their fault! It’s because it is not very well publicised. But essentially, insomnia […]