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On the last track we discussed treating narcolepsy. We discussed methods for decreasing narcoleptic occurrences, tips for those who live with a narcoleptic, and sleep inertia.
On this track we will discuss four mental imagery techniques. Four mental imagery techniques that we will discuss are the ‘Float Along,’ ‘Drifting Downward.’ ‘Count Down to Relaxation,’ and the ‘On Vacation’ techniques. As you listen to this track, consider your sleep disorder client. Whether he or she is suffering from insomnia, hyper-somnia, another primary sleep disorder, or even a secondary sleep disorder, how could your client benefit from one of these techniques? Would playing part or all of this track in your next session be helpful?
Ben didn’t have insomnia, but rather prevented himself from going to sleep because he said, “Sleep is boring and I want to do other stuff.” I found that Ben disliked lying in bed with nothing to do and therefore waited until late at night or early in the morning to go to bed. Because Ben was so preoccupied, I used several mental imagery techniques with him.
Technique #1: The ‘Float Along’ Technique
Technique #2: The ‘Drifting Downward’ Technique
Technique #3: The ‘Count Down to Relaxation’ Technique
Technique #4: The ‘On Vacation’ Technique
For this technique Mariah imagined her ideal vacation She visualized packing, boarding a plane, take-off and each subsequent detail of the vacation. Mariah stated, “I’m usually asleep before I get to the really good stuff!” What other mental imagery techniques do you use with your sleep disorder clients? Would it be helpful to play this track in one of your sessions?
On this track we discussed four mental imagery techniques. Four mental imagery techniques that we will discuss are the ‘Float Along,’ ‘Drifting Downward.’ ‘Count Down to Relaxation,’ and the ‘On Vacation’ techniques.
On the next track we will discuss behavioral interventions for breathing related sleep disorders. There are several types of breathing related sleep disorders for which exist a limited number of treatment options.
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