Dr. Ed O’Malley, integrative sleep medicine specialist, offers a unique approach to the evaluation and management of sleep/wake life issues
Integrative sleep medicine is an approach to sleep health that sees the whole person. Sleep issues emerge in our body and mind in the context of our life journey, our relationships with others and the natural environment. Our optimal health is rooted in a healthy balance of body, mind and spirit when they are being fed by love, work and play. This view of health rests on the understanding that our sleep reflects our internal balance and that balance can be restored by addressing our body physiology, our mental, emotional and spiritual life, and the connections we have with our families, our culture and the natural world. Accordingly, Integrative Sleep Medicine is a comprehensive approach to sleep management that considers all these relationships.
Sleep symptoms may be addressed with state-of-the-art technology such as Dynamical Neurofeedback, and practices derived from Traditional Ecological Knowledge, together with the latest evidence-based practices in sleep medicine for cognitive-behavioral support. These skills and techniques are integral to an overall strategy designed to be self-empowering and readily continued at home.
What is involved?
Initially, a detailed assessment of your sleep and waking life are explored to discover potential issues affecting sleep. We’ll discuss when these issues were first noted and their natural course with strong emphasis placed on what is happening now that prompted you to seek assistance. Together we will craft a plan to simultaneously address the night time issues and associated daytime challenges.
Sleep is a process, like life. We’ll explore the connections to sleep challenges and address each in kind. You may find enough answers and direction in a single consultation. Or, the solution to sleep issues may evolve over weekly sessions as we utilize relaxation training, Neurofeedback, time in Nature and other tools to help foster the balance and sound sleep you desire.
Who may benefit from Integrative Sleep Medicine?
Most of us could benefit from taking time to reflect on our wake and sleep lives. Where are you focusing your energies? Does you sleep reflect the feeling that you are you constantly on the move, never taking a break from work? Do you find it difficult to feel relaxed when alone and ready for sleep in bed? When morning comes, do you struggle to get started, never feeling well enough to accomplish what you’ve set out to do?
People who are not sleeping well or just need a new approach to getting their lives in balance can benefit from this program. The range of modalities available to address your individual sleep issues will allow us to optimize a sleep program for you, in balance with the rest of your life.