ABOUT THE WORKSHOP
We need sleep to survive and to lead happy, balanced and productive lives. Insomnia or sleep deprivation is a pervasive problem that can lead to serious physical and emotional issues. Sleep deprivation can cause daytime tiredness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. Over time it can lead to problems such as high blood pressure, weight gain, diabetes, depression, anxiety and impaired immune function.
Millions of people have turned to prescription medications to sleep better. However, these medications are not always without their own problems. Some can be addictive, cause unpleasant side effects, lose their effectiveness over time, as well as interact with other medications.
The good news is this: A restful night’s sleep is absolutely possible without the use of medications. Medical studies have shown that a mindfulness based treatment program for insomnia can be just as effective as medications and can also result in a more natural, restorative sleep over time.
In this 4-week Mindfulness Based Sleep Support Program at Open Door, we will cover:
- The importance of sleep and good sleep hygiene
- Tips for avoiding some of the most common issues that interfere with sleep
- The current best practices for coping with wakefulness
- Breathing techniques to induce calm and sleepiness
- Bringing attention to the body for emotional awareness and to practice self-compassion/soothing
- The link between looping thoughts/rumination and the activation of the sympathetic nervous system
- Progressive relaxation exercise/yoga nidra
ABOUT THE TEACHERS
Mary Linda McBride
Mary Linda McBride is a qualified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) instructor having completed studies with the Center for Mindfulness (University of Massachusetts School of Medicine), the center established by Jon Kabat-Zinn. In 2016, she was selected to join Google’s Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute (SIYLI) Engage Program – advanced mindfulness and emotional intelligence training for workplace settings. Mary Linda is also a certified yoga instructor with 15 years of teaching experience. She lives and works in beautiful Raleigh and is a mom to two entertaining young men. The three of them compete regularly as a formidable trivia team! Learn more about Mary Linda’s work at mindfulresolution.com.
Barbara Burggraaff M.D.
Dr. Barbara Burggraaff is board certified both in Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose and Throat), and in the subspecialty of Sleep Medicine. She is a certified mindfulness teacher through the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. Her teaching interests include: interpersonal relationships, mindfulness in recovery and addiction, and treatment of insomnia and anxiety. Barbara spent years as a competitive equestrian and still showers lots of love and carrots on her horse, Cisco. Always open to an adventure, Barbara will be spending the month of September in Nepal as part of a medical relief team. Learn more about Barbara’s work at southernmindfulnessinstitute.com.