March 2, 2019
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Stories for Going Back to Sleep
Saturday, March 2, 2019
Psychologist Diane Gillespie, author of "Stories for Going Back to Sleep," helps craft scenarios designed to help people fall asleep after having wakened in the night.
Sleeplessness is one of the most common—and debilitating—conditions that Americans face today. Medications can be helpful, but also bring problems of their own.
Gillespie relies on principles of cognitive behavior therapy to create effective stories set in relaxing places conducive to sleep: cozy mountain cabins, luxurious spas, a tropical beach, an overstuffed chair in a Victorian Bed and Breakfast. In each story, the character secures her surroundings, then, through the process of attending to peaceful details in the setting, she relaxes her body, lets worries float away and sinks deeper and deeper into stillness—until she is asleep. Readers are encouraged to remember the sequence of events so that in darkness they can crawl back into bed, pull up their covers, imagine themselves in the stories and go back to sle