Iíll bet many of you have seen the much discussed article in the New York Times on the research that shows how helping people with sleep deprivation, through cognitive behavioral techniques, also helps them with depression.
The reverse causal connection has been common knowledge for some time Ė that one of the results of being depressed is disordered sleep Ė either too much or too little.
So itís interesting to see that fixing sleep problems can also do some fixing of depression.
Very good news, because there are plenty of simple, effective ways to improve sleep. (Donít take my word for it Ė check out the feedback on guided imagery for sleep over at our Inspiring Story page!) Depression is a tougher nut to crack.
This question gets answered, but also propelled a refresher look at the data bases to see if recent research reveals any new solutions to this age-old problem, which usually strikes pregnant women between weeks 4-16, from the sudden influx of hormones. Those new studies can be found on our Hot Research page.
BR, got any suggestions for nausea/vomiting from morning sickness during pregnancy? I could use some.
Researchers from the Royal Jubilee Maternity Hospital and The Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, conducted a literature review of studies in the efficacy of hypnosis for the treatment of severe, pregnancy-related nausea and vomiting (hyperemesis gravidarum).
They searched databases from Cochrane, PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES, and Web of Knowledge databases. A total of 45 studies were identified, and, of those, six fulfilled the inclusion criteria.
Studies were reviewed for study design, methodological quality, intervention and outcomes. Methodology between the studies differed but all reported encouraging positive outcomes.
To support our contention that guided imagery makes a huge dent on insomnia and general sleep insufficiency, we went looking on Amazon for feedback. There were 40 comments posted under Healthful Sleep, and almost all were extraordinarily positive.
Here are a few, and then weíll rest our case!
I keep my iPod and headphones by my bed. It almost always works the first time -- sometimes I listen to it twice. The music is beautiful. After a full-body calming it is a bit groovy with the gentle guardians but occasionally it's the guardians part that does the trick. Thank you for a wonderful product.
Hello again and hooray! Itís soon to be Thanksgiving, my all time favorite holiday.
I love the way the whole house smells delicious and family and friends can kind of laze around and watch football, and keep going back to the fridge to eat more, sharing juicy bits of personal information between bites, at their leisure.
To me, thereís something very permissive and forgiving about ThanksgivingÖ. maybe because itís not a religious holiday, so whatever inherent tensions, guilt, divisions, crankiness or resentment that are normally embedded in those issues just arenít evoked.
I suffered two big traumatic experiences at a very young age. My father died when I was two, my mother when I was eight.
My brother & I went to live with my mom's sister, my aunt & my uncle. For the most part, it was a good experience, although she was young & having children of her own. I quickly became the babysitter, maid, nanny, as she worked part time.
Jealousy set in as I was in high school and was more involved in sports & school events and a boyfriend. I married early and have a wonderful marriage and 3 great boys of my own now - the twins are seniors.
My aunt & uncle divorced about 4 years ago and my aunt wanted me to take her side. During that time she blew up at me and one of the many harsh things she said to me was that she only raised me because "My mom didn't have enough guts to stick around & raise me herself".
A friend found this encouraging message about using guided imagery for help with chemical dependency posted at a website called How Cocaine Destroys Lives for people seeking recovery from cocaine use.
Itís in the context of a review of our CD for Alcohol and Other Drugs, and itís the kind of comment you love to hear, because itís the best possible outcome - that the imagery is not just helping with the substance abuse (although that by itself is fine with us), but with larger issues and attitudes as well.
So thanks, A. Baranowski, wherever you are, for your hopeful words and kind assessment!
p.s. IĎm glad you donít think Iím a silly person!! Same backatcha!! We all wish you continued success and joy.
He or she writes on November 6, 2010:
ďI am currently withdrawing from several medications. I have found that this CD is having an impact on parts of my life I never thought related to any drug, alcohol, recovery-related ďproblem.Ē
I am sleeping better, having some incredible experiences while listening, crying a lot, (donít be scared!!) ..yet, finding that this clears out a lot of things I have been avoiding for years. I am feeling good, open, willing to move on afterward.
ďAbout one or two days into listening, I woke up feeling so great, and great in a way I donít remember for many, many, many years; in fact, so long ago as to almost have been forgotten. But, that ďabilityĒ was still there.
ďBelleruth Naparstek has a voice that I trusted and relaxed to immediately Ė hence the crying. The music is fabulous!! I go to some wonderful places, dig way, way back to feelings of goodness, strength, vulnerability, and have had some unexpected experiences.
ďAlso, I visited her website, and I really like her attitude and common sense about some of the things people have asked her there. She is not a silly person!!
ďAnyway, highly recommended. Listen, relax, enjoy, and be well!Ē
Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore investigated the efficacy of adding qigong to a residential treatment program for substance abuse.
Qigong, which blends relaxation, breathing, guided imagery, inward attention, and mindfulness to elicit a tranquil, healing state, was introduced into a short-term residential treatment program. At first clients chose to participate in qigong meditation on a voluntary basis during their evening break. Later they chose to participate in either meditation or Stress Management and Relaxation Training (SMART) twice a day as part of the scheduled treatment.
Weekly questionnaires were completed by 248 participants for up to 4 weeks, to assess changes in treatment outcomes. Participants in the meditation group were also assessed for quality of meditation to evaluate the association between quality and treatment outcome.
Itís also designed to help with attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity and learning problems.
This is for adults, but will also work perfectly well for teens and even middle school kids if they donít mind listening to a few 50-cent words here and there.
Iím thinking it would make a sensational gift combined with Traci Steinís Overcoming Procrastination for someone whoís driving themselves a little nuts trying to kick start a little sustained effort and focus, at work or at school. Consider this as a new kind of super-functional holiday gift this season.
Researchers from the Department of Health and Social Sciences, Dalarna University in Falun, Sweden studied affective reactions (shifts in mood, emotional state) to Qigong. In the past, single sessions have been associated with increased positive affect/emotional benefits.
The study used a new, modified version of the short Swedish Core Affect Scale, complemented by open-ended questions, with a group of 46 women who regularly practice Qigong, to assess changes before, during and after a Qigong session.
Affect was measured on a group and individual level.
I am an EMDR therapist [Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing]. I am thinking that using alternating bilateral stimulation during a guided imagery session would intensify positive affect.
Any experience or research to support this idea? Whatís your opinion?
John McCardle PhD.
Iím not yet aware of any research on this, but Iíve heard from many therapists, especially those treating posttraumatic stress, that this is a great idea. Bilateral tapping on alternating knees (or with arms crossed in a butterfly hug, tapping the upper arms on alternating sides) seems to increase the positive impact of each therapy in a lovely synergistic way.