I can’t think of anything I’d rather do LESS than listen to some yammering “sleep coach” go on and on and on about how I’m undermining my own sleep.
I’d rather keep a mallet next to my bed and knock myself out — because it would take less time, cost less money, and be less painful!
So, I don’t really give a hoot about the new study that finds “cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia” helps people sleep a little longer.
Maybe it does.
After six weeks, older men given CBTI either in regular group sessions or one-on-one meetings fell asleep 23 minutes faster and spent 18 fewer minutes awake in the middle of the night.
That’s more than 40 extra minutes snoozing, which is nothing to sneeze at.
So naturally, the older guys in the group who got these treatments from a “sleep coach” reported better shuteye.
CBTI isn’t a magical cure for anything.
Whether it’s for sleep, depression or anything else a therapist can bill by the hour for, the treatment is the same: You’ve got to listen to some know-it-all tell you how to “change the way you think” about stuff.
You’re not FAILING at sleep. You’re SUCCEEDING at wakefulness!
Apparently, these attitude adjustments help some people; but in most cases, you can bet it only helps those who are already susceptible to psychobabble.
And if that’s you, hey… I won’t judge. At least it’s not a drug.
But if you’re a no-BS guy, no amount of “coaching” will change your attitude, nor would you want it to.
That’s what no-BS is all about, right?
Besides, in most cases the REAL reason you can’t sleep has nothing to do with your attitude or any other nonsense a “coach” wants to talk about.
It’s a problem in the body — one that can be corrected quickly and easily with safe, natural therapies.
I always suggest starting with the simplest solutions: a shot of brandy in a glass of warm milk can work wonders at bedtime, especially for older folks.
If that doesn’t do the trick, then it’s time to break out the big guns, and I don’t mean meds.
Melatonin is the natural “sleep hormone” made by your body in the evening as the sun goes down. It tells your brain it’s time to shut down for a few hours — but with so much light around us at all hours, the body often fails to recognize sunset.
The result? You don’t fall asleep easily.
Fortunately, melatonin is available as a supplement. It’s safe, natural, and cheap, and it works — no yammering necessary.