Why Sleep is the Cornerstone of Overall Health with Dr. Shantha Gowda | PoP 760

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What is your relationship like to sleep at the moment? How does it form a cornerstone of mental, emotional, and physical health? Should therapists address and integrate sleep quality and quantity with their client’s therapy process?

In this podcast episode, Joe Sanok speaks about why sleep is a cornerstone of overall health with Dr. Shantha Gowda.

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Meet Dr. Shantha Gowda

A photo of Dr. Shantha Gowda is captured. She is a licensed clinical health psychologist who is board certified in behavioral sleep medicine. Dr. Gowda is featured on the Practice of the Practice, a therapist podcast.

Dr. Gowda is a licensed clinical health psychologist who is board certified in behavioral sleep medicine. She is a consultant for a variety of groups including the FBI, Special Operations Command providers, first responders and collegiate sports teams. She also built the first Sleep and Circadian Health Program for the Marine Corps Special Operations Command.

Dr. Gowda provides brief evidence-based methods to treat various sleep disorders and disturbances, emphasizing a mind-body connection that focuses on identifying the unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and behaviors that disrupt rest.

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In This Podcast

  • The basics of sleep
  • Early warning signs of poor sleep
  • Why is sleep important?
  • Sleep and therapy
  • Dr. Gowda’s advice to private practitioners

The basics of sleep

The biggest myth that I like to bust is that if you do have insomnia and a strong difficulty with sleep, then sleep hygiene and these general tips and tricks aren’t going to cut it. You want to seek something [out] that’s going to treat your insomnia. (Dr. Shantha Gowda)

There are some things everyone should be doing for great sleep, such as:

  • Prioritizing. Schedule time to sleep and protect that time.
  • Creating a great bedroom environment. Make it cool, comfortable, dark, and quiet.
  • Purchasing things that may help, such as black-out curtains, blindfolds, or a white or brown noise machine.

Early warning signs of poor sleep

If your sleep quality is often interrupted, or you struggle to experience “deep sleep”, then you may experience some mental and physical symptoms of discomfort.

To check on the quality of your rest, assess how you feel throughout the day after sleeping. Do you:

  • Catch yourself dosing off
  • Feel sluggish
  • Put your head down and fall asleep within seconds
  • Find yourself reaching for caffeine throughout the day

If you experience these symptoms often, then you are either not getting the quantity of sleep or quality of sleep that you need.

Why is sleep important?

The answer that immediately comes to mind is literally everything! … Everything is impacted when we’re sleeping, and so good quantity and quality sleep consistently over time affects every organ system in our body. (Dr. Shantha Gowda)

Sleep impacts:

  • Appetite
  • Brain functioning
  • Immunity
  • Heart health
  • Mood and emotional regulation
  • Attention and concentration
  • Logical thinking and problem-solving

Improving sleep is one of the easiest ways to improve your overall functioning. (Dr. Shantha Gowda)

Sleep in therapy

When you see clients, enquire about their sleeping habits, because it does affect almost all the other aspects of their life.

Address it and ask about it on contact forms and in the first consulting session.

Dr. Gowda’s advice to private practitioners

Have patience, and trust in the skillset that you have.

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Meet Joe Sanok

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