202: Why People Struggle With Insomnia And How Quality Sleep Impacts Us As Private Practitioners



How is your sleep? Sleep is a vitally important part of our lives that is often overlooked. We don’t usually think about the ways we cheat ourselves out of good sleep and how the quality of our sleep impacts every part of our day. Today’s show focuses on sleep as it relates to private practitioners and small business owners. Let’s explore how we can improve the quality of our sleep!

Dr. Yishan Xu is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Los Altos, CA. She’s an expert on sleep and runs therapy groups on insomnia. Her podcast, Deep into Sleep, is launching soon, so she’s a great person to help us cover this topic. We’re discussing why sleep is so important and what an ideal night of sleep should look like. Yishan explains why people struggle with insomnia, how quality sleep impacts us as private practitioners, and the biggest mistakes small business owners make regarding sleep. She wraps up our conversation by giving us her best tips for great sleep from her work, training, and experience.

What We’ll Learn

    • Why sleep is important for small business owners
    • Two challenges for small business owners: drowsy driving and insomnia
    • How insomnia impacts our daily lives
    • Common factors of an ideal night of sleep:
      • A wind-down period of 30-60 minutes before sleep
      • No struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep
      • Normal wakefulness of 10-12 times per night
      • A 20-40 minute transition from sleep to awake in the morning
    • Why you wake up several times during sleep as you drift in and out of sleep stages
    • What we can do about insomnia
    • Did you ever wonder why you worry more in the middle of the night? Yishan explains your rational brain vs. your emotional brain
    • Why you shouldn’t get up in the night to work when you can’t sleep
    • How a clinician can wind down after a tough day:
      • Have a dividing line between work and personal time
      • Focus on self-care and relaxation before bedtime
    • Three ways that quality sleep benefits private practitioners (and everyone!): more daytime energy, brighter mood, and better focus
    • Three biggest mistakes that small business owners make regarding sleep:
      • Working up to the minute they try to sleep
      • Using electronics up until bedtime (the blue light interferes with the release of melatonin)
      • Lacking boundaries between work and self-care
    • Why your downtime before bed should not include technology
    • Yishan’s best tips to improve sleep quality:
      • Don’t look at the clock when you wake in the night
      • Find your own wind-down routine
      • Try to wake up at the same time every day

Resources Mentioned

Mind & Body Garden  Find out more about Yishan’s work, her upcoming podcast, and her online insomnia groups, available in English and Mandarin

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