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Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia Part 5

Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia Part 5

This is the last of our extracts from Dr Guy Meadows' fantastic work The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night on using mindfulness to overcome insomnia. The Sleep School also run workshops, find out more. Noticing Your Sensations and Urges Every moment of every day your body sends you millions of messages in the form of emotions, sensations and urges about your state of well-being. Whether it is the beat of your heart, the twitch of your muscles or the sensation of feeling hungry, tired, excited or sad, they are all part of the human experience. They provide you...
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Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia Part 4

Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia Part 4

Another helpful extract from Dr Guy Meadows'The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night on how to use mindfulness to overcome insomnia. Noticing Your Breath The regularity of our breath makes it an excellent anchor to the present moment, and the fact we can do it at any time and it’s free makes it a great mindfulness tool, and a great tool in using mindfulness to overcome insomnia. It’s also one of the most easily observable bodily sensations, which is why meditators, new and experienced, practise it. Exercise: Noticing Your Breath In this exercise you will...
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Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia Part 3

Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia Part 3

Part Three of how to embrace mindfulness, to help you embrace sleep. Extracts taken from Dr Guy Meadows' The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night. Noticing the Judging Mind So we’ve seen how we posess the ability to both notice and think about things as they occur. Now we will look at how this can be both helpful and unhelpful. When you take notice, you are simply describing the raw facts as they exist in reality and therefore you are being objective or non-judgemental. For example, if I had stayed to look at the sunset, I would have noticed the different...
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Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia Part 2

Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia Part 2

Continuing our run of mindfulness exercises to help you overcome insomnia, taken from Dr Guy Meadows' excellent book The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night Noticing Your Thoughts We have the capacity to both notice and think about things. However, you may have observed that you spend more time thinking than you do noticing. On a recent holiday I saw an amazing sunset. Unfortunately, as soon as I saw it, I thought that I must take a photo to post on Facebook. As I searched for my camera, my mind drifted off onto all of the complimentary comments that friends...
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Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia

Using Mindfulness to Overcome Insomnia

Over the next few weekends, Welldoing is going to be running extracts from founder of the Sleep School, Dr Guy Meadows' The Sleep Book: How to Sleep Well Every Night. Using this excellent book, we are going to share some great tips and exercises to help you overcome insomnia with mindfulness: The first step to accepting your insomnia is to be able to notice yourself struggling in the first place. What you don’t see you can’t begin to let go of. This may sound obvious, but it is all too easy to fall into a pattern of mindless thinking, where we are completely unaware...
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What You Should Know About Sleep

What You Should Know About Sleep

Don’t smoke, cut back on the booze, try to stick to a healthy diet, get some exercise --- that’s enough health rules to be getting on with surely?  But there’s one essential element that many people forget about. Sleep is as important as any of those in keeping us on the rails. This was one of the main messages I took away from a visit to Champneys Tring recently. I was at the well-known health spa to sample a Lifestyle Improvement Plan, for which food and drink intake, exercise levels and daily activities are monitored in advance. The aim is to illustrate that...
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