Resources

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*Note that I will not recommend any paid product or service unless I would pay (or have already paid) for it myself.


Insomnia

*For more details, check out this post.

I read most of my books on an e-reader these days, since it’s less bulky to carry around and the screen is just like reading a paper book. I personally use a Kobo e-reader, but Amazon’s Kindle is also very highly rated. For those who want to test it out without getting an e-reader, you can buy e-books and then read across most devices using the Kobo or Kindle apps.

Audiobooks are also an option; particularly if you’re like me and enjoy listening to them while doing chores like mowing the lawn or washing dishes. Both Kobo and Amazon (Audible) offer subscription services where you get 1 new audiobook each month (they both have a free trial where you get your first book free; and you get to keep it, even if you don’t renew).

Title and Author Comments / Availability
Sink Into Sleep: A Step-by-Step Guide for Reversing Insomnia
by
Judith R. Davidson
This highly rated book offers a step-by-step overview of CBT-I; which can be followed by the reader. Could be an option for those who don’t want to start with one-on-one therapy sessions.

Get it on:
Kobo | Kindle | Amazon (physical book)
Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Insomnia: A Session-by-Session Guide
by
Michael L. Perlis, Carla Jungquist, Michael T. Smith, Donn Posner
*This book is for providers
This book is recommended for those who want to learn the process of offering CBT-I to their patients.
(warning, it’s not cheap; but comes very highly rated)

Get it on:
Kindle | Amazon (physical book)

This white noise machine (we have 2 of them) offers different types of sounds, has ability to be plugged in or run on batteries, and is very reasonably priced:

There is no significant difference in outcomes of CBT-I given in-person or by telehealth/virtually. So these online services are a great option for those who are serious about getting started with CBT-I:

Service Free or paid? Other comments
Online-Therapy Free version available where they offer worksheets and activity plans (but no one-on-one)

Different paid tiers available; offer virtual one-on-one counselling with a therapist.

*You can use this link to get 20% off your first month
– Check with your insurance provider, coverage may be available
Hasu e-Counselling – Video-chat or phone session are $95

*Hasu has offered 10% off the first session exclusively to Rxplanation readers.
Simply use the promo code RX10
– This is a virtual counseling/therapy service; offering one-on-one sessions with a certified therapist.
– Check with your insurance provider, coverage may be available
– Hasu confirms that one of their therapists (May Al-Fartousi) can provide CBT-I services
Haleo Clinic – $500 total (5×100$ sessions) – Includes a bonus companion mobile app
– Available in French and English
– Check with your insurance provider, coverage may be available
BetterHelpSubscription based service
Ranges from $80-$100 per week
– Based in the USA
– Different modes of communication available (messaging, phone, video)
– Check with your insurance provider, coverage may be available

Other insomnia resources

  • MySleepwell.ca – A great free resource developed by Dalhousie University

Miscellaneous resources

I read most of my books on an e-reader these days, since it’s less bulky to carry around and the screen is just like reading a paper book. I personally use a Kobo e-reader, but Amazon’s Kindle is also very highly rated. For those who want to test it out without getting an e-reader, you can buy e-books and then read across most devices using the Kobo or Kindle apps.

Audiobooks are also an option; particularly if you’re like me and enjoy listening to them while doing chores like mowing the lawn or washing dishes. Both Kobo and Amazon (Audible) offer subscription services where you get 1 new audiobook each month (they both have a free trial where you get your first book free; and you get to keep it, even if you don’t renew).

Title and Author Comments / Availability
The Cure For Everything!: Untangling the Twisted Messages About Health Fitness and Happiness
by
Timothy Caulfield
A great, easy to read, analysis of many aspects of health. He has a great blend of humor and science; and is a great science communicator.

Get it on: Kobo | Kindle | Amazon (physical book) | Kobo (audiobook) | Audible (audiobook)
Freakonomics Revised and Expanded Edition: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
by
Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J Dubner
Very entertaining and funny book. They challenge commonly held beliefs by analyzing the real numbers; no matter how uncomfortable.

Get it on: Kobo | Kindle | Amazon (physical book) | Kobo (audiobook) | Audible (audiobook)
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
by
Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J Dubner
Excellent sequel to the first book; if you enjoyed the first one you’ll love this one.

Get it on: Kobo | Kindle | Amazon (physical book) | Kobo (audiobook) | Audible (audiobook)
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
by
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Thought provoking book where he analyzes the impact of highly improbable events and why most people are blind to them before they occur. (warning: not easy reading, and also with a dabble into philosophy too)

Get it on: Kobo | Kindle | Amazon (physical book) | Kobo (audiobook) | Audible (audiobook)
Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
by
Austin Kleon
This is the book that inspired me to just take a leap of faith and start Rxplanation

Get it on: Kobo | Kindle | Amazon (physical book) | Audible (audiobook; 2 bonus books included)

Health/science literacy courses

  • University of Alberta offers a highly-rated course on science literacy via the Coursera platform.
    (if you want a certificate at the end you need to pay a fee; otherwise it’s free)

Debunking resources

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