Sleep, Coaching, and Research

For a better sleep

Sleep apps, gadgets and tips to get a good night’s rest

Getting enough sleep is one of the most essential aspects of good health. Without the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep per night, you become susceptible to heart disease, mood disorders, obesity, diabetes, illness, depression and stress, not to mention diminished productivity and impaired decision making skills. Given that, it’s imperative to make sure you get enough quality sleep to stay healthy and feel your best. link

Drifting off to Dreamland: FOX28’s Tom Powell puts a sleep app to the test

_The CDC has called insufficient sleep a public health epidemic, with as many as 70 million Americans suffering from sleep problems. “We live in a toxic environment for sleep, and people really don’t prioritize sleep,” says Dr. Nathaniel Watson with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He says short sleep is associated with cardiovascular disease, obesity, and even a shorter life. He says apps can be useful tools to help you doze off or learn more about your sleep, but he doesn’t believe they can diagnose sleep illness.

How to sleep for success

Benjamin Hotel sleep consultant Rebecca Robbins breaks down the importance of sleep. link

MyErgoHealth Announces Results of 30-Day Sleep Improvement Case Study

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) November 06, 2013 MyErgoHealth, a leader in Custom Ergonomic solutions, has released the results of a 30-day case study focusing on the pain relieving benefits of their myErgoBed Customized Sleep Solution and 30 Day Coaching Program. Participants reported a significant improvement in sleep quality, a reduction in lower back pain, and less discomfort with the myErgoBed mattress than with their old bed. link


One of my colleagues., Janne Vainio, who is also doing a PhD. in behavior change, is mainly interested in mobile interventions and learning models. Unfortunately the application is only in Finnish, but Chrome can help to translate this! Take a look! Ah! the link!

Behavioural change theories

_Behavioural change theories’_are attempts to explain why behaviours change. These theories cite environmental, personal, and behavioural characteristics as the major factors in behavioural determination. In recent years, there has been increased interest in the application of these theories in the areas of health, education, criminology, energy and international development with the hope that understanding behavioural change will improve the services offered in these areas.

Improve Sleep Quality

Are you lacking good sleep? Follow these nine tips for improving sleep quality. link

Learning theories

(link) Learning theories emphasize that learning a new, complex pattern of behavior, like changing from a sedentary to an active lifestyle, normally requires modifying many of the small behaviors that compose an overall complex behavior . Principles of behavior modification suggest that a complex-pattern behavior, such as walking continuously for 30 minutes daily, can be learned by first breaking it (down into smaller segments (e.g., walking for 10) minutes daily). Behaviors that are steps toward a final goal need to be reinforced and established first, with rewards given for partial accomplishment if necessary.

BJ Fogg´s Behavior Change Model

What Causes Behavior Change? My Behavior Model shows that three elements must converge at the same moment for a behavior to occur: Motivation, Ability, and Trigger. When a behavior does not occur, at least one of those three elements is missing link

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) What is it?

Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapeutic treatment that helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence behaviors. CBT is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders including phobias, addiction, depression and anxiety. Cognitive behavior therapy is generally short-term and focused on helping clients deal with a very specific problem. During the course of treatment, people learn how to identify and change destructive or disturbing thought patterns that have a negative influence on behavior.