Category Archives: grieving

“O DEATH, WHERE IS THY STING…?” (Cont’d from previous blog.)

  As 0nce again I glance through the main points of this correspondence, I am aware of its tendency throughout to focus on and seek to encourage an up-beat approach (in the very best sense the use of that phrase). My … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

Another hypothesis of great interest and potential relates to the finding that apparently all mammals spend a disproportionate amount of pre-birth time, i.e. in the womb, in a condition, at least very similar to REM sleep and we have known … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

One final point about REM sleep and dreaming: what do we know about it? Well at the purely subjective level we know that dreams can (as it appears once we are awake) at one and the same time, be fairly … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

Should you be experiencing difficulty with sleep, you might therefore wish to institute and apply the multi-pronged ‘campaign’ outlined above in order to improve things and I would suggest that it might take something like the following form. Include regular … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep and there’s sleep. (Continuation of previous blog).

We all know that there are essential, health-giving properties of certain foods and I want here to briefly focus upon the topic of foods and fluids that are known, in some cases to promote and in others to deter sleep. … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

And here’s another form of sleep inducing behaviour that you might wish to try out. You will recall from my last letter, how it is that body temperature drops a whole degree in sleep. But do you know that you … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep..…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

By this time I had come to know my patient pretty well and clearly she felt comfortable with me and trusted my judgment. Moreover, she was at her wits end and urgently required help if things were ever to improve. … Continue reading

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Now there’s sleep…and there’s sleep”. (Continuation of previous blog).

You will recall how in a previous blog entitled “Stress can be good for you”, we discussed the need for ‘waves of recovery and growth’. Well the simple truth is that sleep is directly implicated in arguably the most important … Continue reading

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Hope, when all hope seems lost: practice makes perfect. (Cont’d from previous blog).

Having established – on the basis of empirical evidence where available – that those approaches briefly reviewed, i.e. autogenic training, visualization, meditation, progressive relaxation, auto-suggestion, are viable and potentially productive, we are now nearing the challenge posed by key questions … Continue reading

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Beyond Self. (Continuation of previous posting)

.Some describe religion quite simply as a belief in spiritual power emanating and radiating from and through spiritual beings. Others have worked out more elaborate definitions to do with beliefs and practices prescribing patterns of behaviour, which in turn possess … Continue reading

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