Psychological Approaches For Improving Sleep

Sleep deprivation not only affects physical functioning such as immune regulation, it produces mood disturbances, including anxiety and depression, and also inappropriately modulates the human emotional brain. Recent findings show that psychological approaches are effective approaches for improving sleep.  If you’re having trouble sleeping, consult with a Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) counselor, join a specific CAPS support/therapy groups, and/or visit the CAPS Self-Help Library to learn how to get more (or better quality) Zzzs.

Relevant research:

Pilcher, J. J., & Huffcutt, A. J. (1996). Effects of sleep deprivation on performance: a meta-analysis. Sleep: Journal of Sleep Research & Sleep Medicine.

Yoo, S. S., Gujar, N., Hu, P., Jolesz, F. A., & Walker, M. P. (2007). The human emotional brain without sleep—a prefrontal amygdala disconnect. Current Biology, 17(20), R877-R878.

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