Have you ever wondered why you spend a third of your life unconscious? Truth is you don’t have a choice. Everything sleeps. It’s a biologic imperative. So what’s the harm in missing a few hours? Sleep research in the past two decades answers this with a resounding everything. Inadequate sleep correlates with increased risk for Alzheimer’s, heart attacks, stroke, obesity, diabetes, depression, anxiety disorders, substance-use disorders, schizophrenia, and even cancer. Get an overview of the best-practice strategies to enhance sleep, and thereby the health and wellness of your clients. You’ll explore how to:
- Use the three primary drivers of sleep to promote a restorative night
- Apply effective behavioral modification interventions, such as cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-I)
- Introduce the use of Sleep Diaries in your work with clients, and know when to refer them to a sleep specialist
Charles Atkins, MD, is a psychiatrist, author, and chief medical officer for Community Mental Health Affiliates, a multisite behavioral health and substance abuse agency in Connecticut. He’s the author of Opioid use Disorders and The Science of Sleep.