How much sleep do you need? Your sleep pattern

By Mark Spencer, ITA Certified New Code and Classic Code NLP Trainer and Change Agent

In NLP we often focus on how to assist individuals and groups to perform at their best.Sleepy manOne thing that NLP doesn’t usually explicitly mention is that to perform well, you need to be in a state of readiness, which includes every aspect of your well-being.

One of the most important factors that will be impacting on your “State of Readiness” and flexibility is sleep. Identify your own sleeping pattern and ensuring you get the sleep you need is something that everyone can do to increase their capabilities. This article contains sections on Sleep debt, iPhone apps, and the recommendations from the National Sleep Foundation and what you can do and finally, Our opinion and what we might do as an NLP Practitioner which also contains some practical tips for you.
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[quote style=”1″]Without enough sleep, we all become tall two-year-olds. ~ JoJo Jensen, Dirt Farmer Wisdom, 2002[/quote]


Lack of sleep ‘linked to early death’ from the BBC.

Not too little sleep, yet not too much, the experts advise in the BBC Article cited below.
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Getting less than six hours sleep a night can lead to an early grave, UK and Italian researchers have warned. They said people regularly having such little sleep were 12% more likely to die over a 25-year period than those who got an “ideal” six to eight hours. They also found an association between sleeping for more than nine hours and early death, although that much sleep may merely be a marker of ill health.[/box]

Sleep journal reports the findings, based on 1.5m people in 16 studies.
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Dealing with Crisis – Part I: From Haze to Clarity in 8 steps

This first part of a multi part series will help you and others to overcome the initial shock and various emotions and to start gaining clarity again.  This is the first step to recovery.  This is the process that we have used over the years to help others dealing with grief and dramatic changes in life and we are sharing what we know with you in the hope that it can bring benefits to you and those around you. Continue reading Dealing with Crisis – Part I: From Haze to Clarity in 8 steps

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On Being Sane in Insane Places

This article has little to do with NLP directly, but does have relevance to coaching and working with people. It also provides a good background to the downsides of labeling people or labeling conditions in people. This article also may give an insight into the author’s experience of powerlessness, subjective experiences, impact of environment, process of depersonalization, impact of segregation, mortification, self-labeling, and (in the opinion of the original authors) counter-therapeutic which may be of relevance to clients that a practitioner may have. Quoted Text Follows { Science 19 January 1973: Vol. 179. no. 4070, pp. 250 – 258 DOI: … Continue reading On Being Sane in Insane Places

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Treating Trauma NLP Client Session with Steve Andreas

Decision Destroyer NLP Technique From Real People Press NLP Videos In this excerpt of a clinical demonstration, Steve Andreas uses the Decision Destroyer NLP technique developed by Richard Bandler. This womans trauma is resolved without knowing anything about the content of the trauma. This method utilizes the cause-effect presupposition inherent in trauma—that an impactful experience will have an effect on later experiences—by creating a positive experience that occurs before a traumatic one. Recorded at the Milton Erickson Brief Therapy Conference in December 2008 (BT08-DVD2). 55-minute DVD. 3-page handout. Get it here: Steve Andreas Steve Andreas, MA, has been learning, … Continue reading Treating Trauma NLP Client Session with Steve Andreas

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Tips on how to get a grip on Stress, part 2

By Sonya Yeh Spencer, ITA NLP Trainer, Educator, Coach In our last Newsletter we had an overview of where stress and anxiety came from – as a response to life events. I have challenged you to ask yourself “if there is a positive purpose or message that this feeling (stress or sense of anxiousness) has for me, what would that be?” Thank you for providing me with a range of responses from “there is no message” to “it is asking me to think what I am doing”. These are messages for you and there are no right or wrong answers. … Continue reading Tips on how to get a grip on Stress, part 2

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Tips on how to get a grip on Stress, part 1

By Sonya Yeh Spencer, ITA NLP Trainer, Educator, Coach Stress, like many emotions, can have a positive purpose. It is undesirable when it creates a negative effect on you and others. We will be learning powerful techniques to work with our emotions, to change our responses and resolve the root cause in the next few newsletters. We start the journey by gaining a high level view of where it came from. Strong emotions such as stress and anxiety can be due to the following: A learned response. We have learned this emotional reaction from our parents or others in our … Continue reading Tips on how to get a grip on Stress, part 1

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Change Your Thinking – Change Your Feelings

Change your thinking, change your feelings Integrating Professor Albert Ellis’s Rational Emotive Therapy & Philosophy (REBT) We often live by many rules in our life. These rules express themselves in the use of language we use which consists of ‘musts’, ‘shoulds’ and ‘oughts’. Professor Albert Ellis calls them ‘mustabatories’. He also coined the phrase awfulising. Here are some samples of both: I must have love or approval from everyone that I meet. I must perform all my tasks perfectly, making no mistakes, if I am to be worthwhile Because I want people to treat me fairly, they must do so. … Continue reading Change Your Thinking – Change Your Feelings

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Dean Ornish says your genes are not your fate

Dean Ornish is a clinical professor at UCSF and founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. He’s a leading expert on fighting illness — particularly heart disease with dietary and lifestyle changes. Dean Ornish talks in this video about simple, low-tech and low-cost ways to take advantage of the body’s natural desire to heal itself. Dean Ornish shares new research that shows how adopting healthy lifestyle habits can affect a person at a genetic level. For instance, he says, when you live healthier, eat better, exercise, and love more, your brain cells actually increase. Stop wringing your hands over AIDS, … Continue reading Dean Ornish says your genes are not your fate

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Building Emotional Intelligence

Do know what the number one reason why individuals miss their opportunity to be promoted at work according to Harvard Business School’s recent study? It has been said that IQ lands you a job, and EQ keeps you in the job. A career in management involves coping with complexity; a life of leadership relies on your coping with change. If you want to lead, you need to be able to cope with change…. Continue reading Building Emotional Intelligence

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Understanding our bodies, phantom limbs

These are demonstrations surrounding Phantom Limbs. The concept is interesting for understanding our body and the subject of proprioception and how we perceive our bodies. Video: Derren Brown working with a man’s Phantom Limbs Derren Brown works with a person’s Phantom Limb and demonstrates how he can touch limbs that don’t even exist. How he does this trick I do not know, the man shows some signs of being in a trance, and there might be some hypnotic language patterns used… After all, this is Derren Brown. Demonstration of the Mirror Box as designed and developed by V.S. Ramachandran. http://www.23NLPeople.comContinue reading Understanding our bodies, phantom limbs

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