"THE HEART OF THE MATTER"
Guest: Dr. John Herman, sleep specialist, Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas
Topic: Getting back to sleep
Host/Producer: Steve Girard
NEMA: Hard to get back to sleep?...coming up...
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NEMA: What can you do when you keep waking up in the middle of the night, and cant get back to sleep? Sleep expert Dr. John Herman of University of Texas Southwestern Medical school...
HERMAN: Typically, whats going on with them is that something is on their mind, and waking them up...and theyre going right from sleep to wake. Number one is there should not be a clock to see, one should not look at the time. So, turn the clock around.
Number two is that one needs to remember the following dictum: That when one is at work during the day, sleep is an intrusion, and not permitted. Right? Likewise, when one wakes up at night, any type of waking thought, any type of worry or concern is an intrusion...its not permitted. So, if any thoughts start to creep into mind; about what needs to be done the next day, or what one did wrong the preceding day, or not getting enough sleep or something like that...needs to be banished almost instantly.
NEMA: Dr. Herman says try to focus on something peaceful and boring...that might help you get back to a restful sleep. Im Steve Girard at The Heart of the Matter.
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