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The Science of Sleep: A Primer for Therapists

In this course, we delve into the new science of sleep, investigating aspects such as sleep stages and cycles; the interaction between circadian rhythms, light-dark, and sleep/wake hormones; and the effects of various lifestyle factors on sleep. We look into the major sleep disorders and suggest both allopathic and naturalistic solutions – some of which your client can implement for themselves and some of which you or other professionals can assist with – to help your insomniac client back to that glorious sense of refreshment upon awakening.

About this course

In this course, we ask: why do we sleep? It takes so much time out of each day; does it serve an evolutionary or developmental function? If so, why are so many of us so bad at it, including, perhaps, the client that has come to see you because they are sleeping poorly? Sleep issues result in widespread daytime sleepiness, ill health, accidents, and massive loss of productivity. This course outlines how much sleep we need at various life stages, along with explaining the nightly stages of sleep that we pass through: governed, partially, by our circadian rhythms and nature-inspired sleep and wakefulness hormones. Sleep debt and chronotypes are discussed, and we investigate the effects of lifestyle choices – from napping and shift work to caffeine, alcohol, and vitamins – on sleep. We define insomnia and describe the chief sleep disorders, including conditions such as obstructive sleep apnea, narcolepsy, sleep walking, and teeth-grinding. Throughout the course and especially in the last section, we offer both allopathic solutions for chronic poor sleep – that is, CBTI and hypnotherapy – and also those emanating from various naturalistic traditions, such as herbal remedies, acupuncture, and color therapy. Your poorly-sleeping clients will thank you that they can soon start waking up refreshed and ready to go!
Duration 7 hours
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Type Specialised
Price Included with Membership
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