Sleeping is living

 

"Scientific research proves that sleep is the crucial key to optimal performance, vitality and health."

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'SLEEP' the third pillar of health,

as important as 'nutrition' and 'exercise'.

 

 

Quality, recuperative sleep is a key to balance, memory, creativity, coping and resilience.

 

Some of the aims of Sleep Workshops and Seminars are to

  • Enhance knowledge and comprehension on sleep/wake,
  • Convince about the capital importance of sleep,
  • Supply easy-to-use, practical tools to optimize sleep quality and motivate to actively and effectively incorporate these measures in daily life.

Interested, want to know more?

Please contact me, I'll be happy to give you more details.  


Sleep and wake

Sleep and wake are to be understood as a 24-hour continuum. They alternate on a cycling way et depend on each other, just like high and low tides. No sleep without wake and vice versa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sleep and wake cycles are determined by several internal and external factors


 

The most up to date scientific knowledge is provided in Sleep Workshops and Seminars.

As a Medical Doctor, neurologist and sleepexpert/coach, I know that achieving awareness and knowledge of your body and mind’s functioning is the first and necessary step to overcome your problems.

 

 

To get explanations calms down, eases down the anxiety resulting from the uncertainty of not knowing. 

 

Interested, want to know more?

 

Please contact me, I'll be happy to give you more details.  


What is bad quality sleep?

SLEEP DEPRIVATION = not getting enough sleep because of:

  • work load,
  • neglecting sleep,
  • imbalance work-family-social life,
  • having the belief that sleeping is not important (for losers, a waste of time,...)
    Sleep deprivation is like burning the candle at both ends.

 

INSOMNIA = not getting enough sleep because of a sleep disturbance:

  • Insomnia is a persistent difficulty falling asleep, maintaining sleep, or both, having a significant impact on quality of daily living. 
  • Insomnia can be chronic, for example at least 3 nights a week during at least 3 months, or acute, short lasting.
  • To speak of an insomnia disorder, it needs to be present for at least 1 month and have on impact on daily living.  

 

When you have insomnia, you actually are in a hyper-aroused state.

This is called the Hyper-arousal model of insomnia and means as much as the fact that “your brain does not shut down” is scientifically proven

 

Hyper-arousal is a like a prominent waking state during the night that develops during the course of chronic insomnia. 

 

Resolving insomnia without help is almost impossible. Anyone who has experienced sleeping problems, knows what is to have a worried, racing mind and how this can lead a life of its own. Worried thoughts can interfere with your ability to fall asleep and to stay asleep, can make you wake up several times during the night and/or make you wake (too early) in the morning. Cognitive patterns and avoidance behaviors can develop, that in turn will perpetuate the sleeping problems, such as attitude and disproportional attention towards sleep disturbances, rumination, persistent worries, anxiety.

 

Treatment options for insomnia do exist!


So what can be done?

Treatment options for insomnia do exist!

 

The most powerful ones are proven to be the cognitive-behavioral treatment for insomnia (CBT-I), in association with mindfulness and relaxation training. These tools are used in my trainings.

 

Basic principles are explained in the Seminar and in the first module of the Sleep and Stress Workshop.

 

CBT-I, Mindfulness and coaching techniques for cognitive restructuring will be the powerful tools to tackle insomnia (and stress) in the individual follow-up program.

 

Interested, want to know more?

 

Please contact me, I'll be happy to give you more details.