Why read this?
The book, based in scientific research, provides the rationale for taking specific actions to reduce two prominent risks associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease (Alz). The risks are (a) poor sleep quality and (b) the adverse side-effects of sleeping pills.
Research indicates that chronic insomnia is a risk-factor for developing Alz. It follows, that chronic insomnia should be effectively treated.
There is strong evidence that taking certain “sleeping pills” regularly increases your chances of dying younger than you would otherwise. Consequently, you should not use them.
There are nonpharmacological techniques that are effective in overcoming chronic insomnia and that can sustain a pattern of daily or near daily healthy sleep. The cognitive behavioral technology for treating chronic insomnia is the preferred first choice by both the medical profession and psychologists. Fortunately, the technology is simple to engage by most citizens.
Change the stimulus inducing anxiety about going to sleep.
It is common for individuals to become very anxious about not getting a good night’s sleep. Further, when lying down to sleep and not getting to sleep soon, their anxiety becomes intense. Intense anxiety and fear are readily associated with the environment we are in (i.e., where we are when there is a surge in anxiety can become the stimulus eliciting anxiety). Consequently, the bed and its features become a stimulus eliciting more anxiety. Yes, you going to bed has become a stimulus eliciting anxiety and anxiety is the opposite of calmly going to sleep. So, you toss and turn and get little sleep and then on the next night, you again get into bed and you feel a surge of anxiety and have cognition centered about worrying about getting enough sleep. And again, you do not get a good night’s sleep.
A potential solution that one can engage resolving a bed-bedroom phobia involves changing the circumstances of your bedroom. Doing so reduces the stimuli eliciting anxiety and worry about not getting a good night’s sleep that has developed as you struggled with poor sleep-quality.
One nice way of changing the bedroom is to buy new sheets. If you have old, cotton sheets, we suggest you buy soft, nice sheets made from bamboo material. If your old sheets are cotton, then the bamboo sheets will provide a different feel when you get into bed. Such may, but not surely, make it easier to fall asleep. It may be helpful if you are doing other activities that reduce chronic insomnia as advised in our book.
Another way of changing the stimuli associated with bed phobias is to change the mattress. This is an expensive alternative, however, there are now high quality mattresses that are not as expensive as previously. Also, you can change your bedroom by painting walls and rearranging the furniture. For some, changing the bed and bedroom clearly reduces chronic insomnia. However, for others, it may not work. Consequently, the recommendation is to follow the procedures outlined in the book “Sleep, Drugs & Alzheimer’s Disease”