March is Sleep Awareness Month: Learn Best Practices for Sleep from our Partners at Learn to Live
This article is brought to you by our partners at Learn to Live. Learn to Live is a free wellness and mental health service offered to all Pension Fund members who are active ministers (non-retired) and their household members (spouse and children) over the age of 13. Learn more on our Learn to Live page.
Did you know that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is recommended as a first line treatment for adults experiencing sleeplessness? Whether we are suffering from severe insomnia or a series of bad nights, CBT-I works by helping us address the underlying psychological and behavioral factors that contribute to sleep challenges. This makes CBT-I a more holistic approach that can have a longer-lasting impact than using medications.
Finding experienced providers of CBT-I services can be difficult but Learn to Live’s online Insomnia program makes access easy from any device. In our self-guided program, you’ll find tools and strategies to help you manage any stressors that might be keeping you awake, and you’ll learn how to harness your fatigue to help you sleep better.
Consider applying these evidence-based tips to improve your sleep today:
- Limit or refrain from the use of alcohol and screens before bed. Both can interfere with the body’s sleep process.
- Calm your mind. Practice guided imagery by focusing your imagination and doing breathing exercises.
- Write it down. Jot down your to-do’s, brilliant ideas, and worries in a journal. Close it and give yourself permission to rest.
- Don’t lie in bed awake. It may sound surprising but lying in bed awake when we’re not asleep can make our sleep issues worse.
For more extensive guidance and support for healthier sleep, we encourage you to sign up for one of our March webinars below or consider enrolling in our Insomnia program at learntolive.com/partners or download our app (use the code PFCC to get started). If you’re already a member, log into your account to continue or start a new program. This program is offered to all Pension Fund members who are active ministers and family members (ages 13+) at no cost.
Learn to Live March Webinar Series
Sign up for one of the four time slots for Learn to Live’s March webinar: Unmasking the Secrets to a Better Night’s Sleep.
How does the amount or quality of sleep that you get affect you? You may be surprised by the far-reaching impact that the lack of sleep can have on our lives. But rest assured, Learn to Live has gathered some very practical ways you can improve your sleep, starting tonight. Join us to learn more!