Insomnia Myths & Misconceptions with Dr. Daniel Erichsen

Nick and Daniel (a sleep medicine doctor and insomnia expert) trade off describing their favorite myths and misconceptions about insomnia and sleep.

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Show Notes

Here are some of the highlights from our conversation:

  • Does everyone need 8 hours of sleep per night?
  • Should I go to bed at the same time every night?
  • The crucial difference between feeling tired and feeling sleepy
  • If I’m not getting 8 hours of sleep, am I at risk for major health issues?
  • Do I need to avoid blue light before bed?
  • Do things cause insomnia or beliefs about things? See also: Nick’s Complete Guide to Insomnia
  • The problem with sleep hygiene
  • Sleep is more about what you don’t do than what you do.
  • Sleep effort and the perfect metaphor for insomnia
  • Is it important to get an even number of sleep cycles?
  • Beware the Sleep Hygiene Industrial Complex
  • If I have a big day coming up, should I get into bed early?
  • Can I pay off my long-term sleep debt?
  • How important is it to understand what caused my insomnia?
  • Triggering factors vs maintaining factors in insomnia
  • Insomnia and threat-monitoring
  • Is insomnia even a sleep disorder?
  • Does sleep quality deteriorate with age?
  • Should I avoid exercise in the evenings?
  • Intention is everything when it comes to sleep.

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