Insomnia

Sleep Science Friday: EIN Meeting Report

  25 June 2021    On the 11th of June, the “European Insomnia Network meeting” took place to discuss the latest news in insomnia research. Due to ongoing pandemic-related restrictions the meeting was held online. Regardless, it was an informative and insightful nearly 7-hour long session with over 100 scientists participating from many different countries across Europe and the world. In total 25 presentations were given in four respective sessions on the following topics: general new findings; insomnia and emotions; methodology, measurements, and models and of course the clinical aspect of treating insomnia with cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-I) in a classical or digital setting. Here you can find a selection of key learnings from the sessions:     …

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Sleep Science Friday: Sleep Coaching

28 May 2021 Sleep coaching according to Holzinger & Klösch is a non-pharmacological approach for sleep disorders and sleep problems focusing on insomnia.  Prof. Brigitte Holzinger, Director of the Institute for Consciousness and Dream Research and Founding Member of the Austrian Sleep Research Association speaks with ESRS’s Dr. Lyudmila Korostovtseva on this topic. Together they address   The pillars of sleep coaching  Sleep coaching execution: duration, individual vs. group  Handling non-responders  Sleep coaching and COVID-19  The evolution of sleep coaching  Prof. Holzinger research in sleep and psychological aspects started out by looking at the sleep of patients with an insomnia pattern of anxiety disorders, eating disorders and their sleep and dream patterns. She wanted to show that lucid dreaming was a potent tool for psychotherapy, especially as a tool for the treatment of nightmares.  With a research project underway, she was able to lead a group of people from heavily disturbed …

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Sleep Science Friday: Romania and COVID-19 Challenges

  Sleep Science Friday 15 January 2021 It’s mid-January and the end of another week of the new  year, 2021. Hopefully, you have had a relaxing holiday and a smooth start to the year. Grab a coffee/tea/beer/wine and end the mid-January week with a quick recap of Sleep Science News! The new year brings us positive news and optimistic expectations that the global pandemic will end and  life will slowly come back to normalcy. Despite the bad news coming in during the first days of 2021, including one about new variants of the coronavirus that has put some countries (like the UK) into a strict lockdown and long night curfews,  vaccine distribution gives  hope that the isolation should end in …

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The European CBT-I Academy

Dec 23,20Uncategorisedby Jennifer Thomsen

European Academy for Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia (CBT-I) This European Academy was founded in 2018 by members of the European Insomnia Network, which is a clinical network of the ESRS since 2009. The CBT-I Academy aims at disseminating CBT-I for clinicians and scientists especially in Europe, trying to establish teaching courses for clinicians throughout Europe in regular intervals. This impetus derives from the European Insomnia Guideline (Riemann et al., Journal of Sleep Research, 2017) which unequivocally comes to the conclusion that CBT-I should be the first line treatment for insomnia. Unfortunately, however, at present there are not enough providers of this therapy to fullfill the needs of afflicted individuals in Europe. In order to change this situation, the CBT-I Academy …

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Covid-19 and sleep

Sleep Science Friday Yes! It’s Friday! Grab a coffee (or tea) and end your week with a quick recap of Sleep Science News and ESRS updates! COVID-19 and sleep (31 July 2020) The COVID-19 pandemic has upended our lives—with forced lockdowns, reduced travel, as well as job and financial insecurity during a worldwide economic recession. Although, many currently have reduced commuting time, more quality time with family, and the flexibility to work remotely (for some), learning to re-adjust schedules and coping with additional stressors (particularly as essential workers or those with children), has undoubtedly affected our sleeping quality and sleep patterns. Clea Simon (Harvard Correspondent), noted that “Sleep is emerging as the latest casualty of the COVID-19 crisis”, as people …

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