Mindfulness for Insomnia
A Four-Week Guided Program to Relax Your Body, Calm Your Mind, and Get the Sleep You Need
by Catherine Polan Orzech
Pub Date 29 Aug 2019
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Sleep plays a crucial role in our waking lives. While we sleep, our bodies are recharging with energy, damaged tissue is repaired, and our memories are stored. When we don't get enough sleep, we are tired, less positive, less motivated, less focused, and more likely to feel depressed. We may even experience more intense cravings for high-fat, sugar-rich foods. And yet, despite the myriad advantages of getting a good night's sleep, countless people suffer from chronic insomnia. If you're one of them, this book can help.
In this guide, a trained mindfulness expert teams up with a behavioural sleep specialist to offer evidence-based meditations and an innovative four-week protocol to address the emotional stresses and anxieties that lie at the root of sleep issues.
You'll learn practices grounded in mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR), mindful self-compassion (MSC), and guided mindfulness and acceptance for insomnia (GMATI) to alleviate the mental, emotional, and physical suffering caused by insomnia. You'll also learn to identify both internal and external factors that may be compromising your sleep, and develop a plan to address these issues.
There is nothing we can do to "make" ourselves fall asleep. In many ways, this is why insomnia can be so maddening. But what we can do is help create the conditions necessary for healthy slumber. The mindfulness tools in this book will help you do exactly that.
“Mindfulness for Insomnia is an in-depth guide to mindfulness and compassion training, as well as to the science of sleep. The book offers a dynamic combination of invaluable information and practical skills to support mind and body wellness. I highly recommend the four-week GMATI program skillfully detailed in this book for anyone who wants to reduce stress and improve sleep.”
—Diane Reibel, PhD, director of the Myrna Brind Center for Mindfulness at Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, coauthor of Teaching Mindfulness, and coeditor of Resources for Teaching Mindfulness
“As a busy person who struggles with insomnia, I found Mindfulness for Insomnia to be a practical and accessible guide toward better sleep. As a mindfulness practitioner for over fifteen years and a member of Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plumb Village for a year, I consider its approach to mindfulness practice to be spot-on. And as a human in our complex and often chaotic world, this book helped me manage stress, find greater acceptance, and manage daily suffering from chronic illness with greater ease, and even joy. Mindfulness for Insomnia is packed with excellent meditation techniques. It is a practical and thorough guide, not only to sleeping better but also to living a healthier life. I highly recommend it.”
—Courtney Zenner Campbell, studied Buddhist philosophy intensively in college (in addition to practicing Buddhism since 2004), has taken a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) course, and was a resident at Thich Nhat Hanh’s Plumb Village for a year
“This book is a comprehensive guidebook and resource to get back to regular and restful sleep. Catherine Polan Orzech and Bill Moorcroft have pulled from a wide range of practices, disciplines, and subject matter, as well as a wealth of professional experience between them, to inform and teach useful life and sleep practices. The progression of guided exercises is straightforward and supported as if you are being personally coached along the way. Enjoy the richness of learning provided in this book and be well!”
—Deanna O’Connell, is a mindfulness practitioner in Fort Collins, CO