Are You Anxious About Getting Enough Sleep?

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Yishan Xu On The Importance Of Sleep

If your anxiety keeps you awake at night, listen to this episode of Woman Worriers. Host Elizabeth Cush interviews insomnia and anxiety specialist Yishan Xu, Ph.D., who shares some eye-opening information about sleep and mental health.

For a lot of people, when they’re busy, the first thing to go is sleep.
— Dr. Yishan Xu

Show Notes:

Do you worry that you’re not getting enough sleep? Do toss and turn and wake up tired? Or burn the candle at both ends? The quality of our sleep affects our physical and mental health—and vice versa. In this week’s episode of the Woman Worriers podcast, host Elizabeth Cush, LCPC, of Progression Counseling in Annapolis, Md., interviews Yishan Xu, Ph.D., a licensed clinical psychologist and sleep specialist, whose podcast, Deep into Sleep, shares the latest sleep research and helps listeners understand more about the way we spend one-third of our life. The two therapists talk about what’s important to know about sleep issues and disorders, getting enough sleep, getting quality sleep and avoiding anxiety around sleep.

Listen and learn:

  • The difference between insomnia and sleep deprivation, and which creates more serious problems

  • Why high achievers might be sleep deprived

  • The consequences of sleep deprivation

  • Why spending more time in bed doesn’t help insomnia

  • Why insomnia is worrisome

  • What narcolepsy is and how it is managed

  • How different people experience sleep apnea and some signs that indicate you might have it

  • What a sleep study can show

  • What happens during REM (rapid eye movement) sleep

  • The relationship between sleep and mental health disorders

  • What happens in our body and our brain when we sleep

  • Why we should stop trying to control how much we sleep

  • What your circadian clock, or circadian rhythm is, why it’s unique and why you need to learn to listen to it

  • Habits that can help set you up for a better night’s sleep


Learn More

> Yishan Xu’s group practice website

> Yishan Xu’s Deep Into Sleep website

> Yishan Xu’s blog

> Deep Into Sleep podcast

> Sleep resources

> Deep into Sleep group on Facebook

> Mind Body Garden on Facebook

> Progression Counseling

> Woman Worriers groups

> Contact Me


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