Understanding "How do I Sleep Better" | Dr. Vyga Kaufmann | TEDxBoulder

  • Published on Oct 22, 2015
  • Have we all thought that we could sleep better? Can we solve sleep? Dr. Vyga Kaufmann discusses just what sleep disorders are and what tools you have to sleep better tonight. Hint: no square screens anywhere near your bed.
    When Vyga Kaufmann, PhD thinks about a night of quality sleep she envisions Ivan Pavlov comfortably reclined in a freight train gliding down a mountain under a moonlit sky. As a clinical psychologist with 20 years of professional experience in mental health care and a relentless curiosity about how and why we sleep she has applied her expertise to promoting awareness about the ways that seemingly benign behaviors can impact overall quality of sleep. Kaufmann is a founding partner of Summit Behavioral Sleep Medicine, part-time instructor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at CU Boulder, hiker of Mt. Sanitas, and mother of an energetic and inquisitive 4-year old daughter.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at ted.com/tedx

Comments • 51

  • praxis22
    praxis22 4 days ago

    The Dreem2 is a sleep helmet that is designed to prolong and consolidate deep sleep. It also has built in CBT programs. It's not cheap, (€400) but it is a personal sleep lab. 5xEEG as good as a sleep lab and the sleep stage monitoring is 83% accurate as compared to 86% for an expert human. I own one, no other affiliation.
    Failing that, you could do a lot of exercise, that will make you tired at the end of the day. No amount of coffee will keep you awake at that point. I do that too.

    • praxis22
      praxis22 20 hours ago

      @SEB The dreem2 is a lot more comfortable, it's the one that was independently tested. Not available in the US yet.

    • SEB
      SEB Day ago

      My dreem helmet was absolutly not accurate at all.

  • Vincent Sunny
    Vincent Sunny 5 days ago


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    Magnesium, St.John's Wort and Apple Cider Vinegar. Works for me, along with CPAP. Waiting for data on CBD, a non-psychoactive chemical from cannabis.

  • Androgounous Alien
    Androgounous Alien 4 months ago

    Is it just me or does she look like an older taylor swift

  • Androgounous Alien
    Androgounous Alien 4 months ago

    I watched this vid instead of sleeping it 12:39am rn

  • Alex Trout
    Alex Trout 5 months ago

    Actually deep sleep is not a lack of consciousness but consciousness without objects.

  • Sabrina Bailey
    Sabrina Bailey 8 months ago +6

    This was a waste of 11 minutes. No new information and there is a lot more to sleep than what is in this video. Very basic

    • Semper Fi
      Semper Fi Month ago

      Maybe, maybe not. Everyone is different and every case of insomnia is different. This may be new info for some people and may be helpful.

  • Angel'slove C.
    Angel'slove C. Year ago +1

    CBTI sounds like a way of asking insurances for more money and putting symptoms under the rug like going with rX drugs

  • Larry Sexton
    Larry Sexton Year ago +1

    I'm getting sleepy. Think ill have a glass of warm milk now and lay me down


    Türkish please. Biri tercüme etsin lütfen.

  • Michael N
    Michael N Year ago +20

    I should probably turn this off and go to sleep.

  • Arshpreet Singh
    Arshpreet Singh Year ago +1

    Taylor Swift aged so quickly

  • Dexter Haven
    Dexter Haven Year ago

    Too wimpy. Directed to girls only. Sexist.

  • Dana Baker
    Dana Baker Year ago

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  • Zey Hashem
    Zey Hashem Year ago +12

    Well, that was a waste of 11 minutes and 25 seconds of my life.

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  • Dane Gonzalez
    Dane Gonzalez Year ago +1

    I`ve been an insomnia patient for more than a decade. After using this sleep program “Yοyο Fawam” (Google it) for one week, I was able to attain eight hours rest every single night. I did not even have to complete the plan just to get enough rest again. My insomnia is eventually gone thanks to this program.

  • Falcon Britt
    Falcon Britt 2 years ago +3

    What has actually helped me: When your mind won't shut up, White Chestnut flower essence, 4 drops in small amount of water. If you worry too much about loved ones, add Red Chestnut flower essence. When stress is making you altogether too wound up and overwrought to sleep, Pantothenic Acid (B5) 500 mg a half hour before bed time. A doctor recommended this, said it would sedate me and then my body would flush what it didn't need, no side effects. Pantothenic Acid also revolutionized the life of a friend, it worked so well for her. She overcame depression. Vervain flower essence helps one not go around overwrought, which affects our ability to sleep. (If you are very sensitive and highly intuitive, you might also try Chestnut Bud flower essence for coping better.) Flower essences are not sedating and can be taken day or night for better functioning. Eventually a sleep study proved that I was stopping breathing 16 times a night, disturbing my sleep - not waking me but causing huge fatigue. If you snore and have fatigue, I would go to a sleep doctor - they can send home a device you can wear to test you now, you don't have to stay overnight for the sleep test. My CPAP isn't sexy, but a good night's sleep night after night is priceless - I function better on all levels!

    • dddux
      dddux 10 months ago

      How does this differ from using drugs? Marijuana, for example? It does help me sleep, but it's hard to find it here because it is still illegal to sell it.

    • Stephen OD
      Stephen OD Year ago +2

      F Britt, I bet I could sell you crow feather essence for constipation.

  • Heather Brown
    Heather Brown 2 years ago

    Bless this woman.

  • Zeez Sleep
    Zeez Sleep 2 years ago +2

    Doctors don't have much to offer - we know that drugs impair sleep quality and often don't work. In the UK CBT is advocated as first line treatment - but it is expensive and we don't have enough practitioners. Online CBT may help. And as one of the comments points out, it may only be a solution for anxiety linked insomnia. We are working on prompting the brain to follow good sleep patterns by using extremely low power electrical prompts - Zeez Sleep Pebble. Please check us out. Especially researchers.

  • Lysander Dusseljee
    Lysander Dusseljee 2 years ago +1

    Absolutely useless. CBT does appear somewhat effective for anxiety, which could help a bit with insomnia. It could also potentially treat sleep anxiety (i.e. anxiety about insomnia). However, why would this be sufficient? What about people who are resistant to placebo? What about cost? Isn't this rather condescending and dismissive?
    I'm a big fan of drugs. However, the common sleep drugs impair sleep quality. I'm currently interested in hydroxyzine 100-200mg per night, as it should improve sleep quality. I haven't tried it yet, but hope to soon. It is an unscheduled legend drug and an antihistamine, so I imagine it's not hard to get upon request.

  • Joanne
    Joanne 2 years ago


  • mudsinkmayor
    mudsinkmayor 2 years ago +2

    This appears to be a memorized speech.

    • Amanda F
      Amanda F 6 months ago

      mudsinkmayor of course it is
      All Ted Talks are prepared in some way

  • Tis Life
    Tis Life 2 years ago +3

    Oh "if you have insomnia maybe you should get it checked out". I did just that and instead of the doctor trying to understand my sleeping disorder, they only wanted to prescribe prescriptions. Once that I told the doctor I wasn't interested in prescriptions he basically told me he couldn't help me.

  • fatalmystic
    fatalmystic 2 years ago +5

    sounds more like a sales person. also removing symptoms is a poor goal for health treatment.

  • TrickWithAKnife
    TrickWithAKnife 2 years ago +3

    Too bad for those of us who are unable to talk with a therapist. Guess I'll continue with my 1-3 hours a night of sleep.

    • Semper Fi
      Semper Fi Month ago

      @jose alberto barrios contreras Hah, a suspended twitter account. I wonder why?

    • Zey Hashem
      Zey Hashem Year ago


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      jose alberto barrios contreras 2 years ago +1

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  • Toxo
    Toxo 2 years ago +115

    I didn't know Taylor Swift was a doctor

    • Harry Stapleton
      Harry Stapleton Year ago

      20shourya how is that hate? Taylor is Beautiful

      ISWAR PATEL Year ago

      Wish she was that smart lol

    • ziajerica
      ziajerica Year ago

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    • Eric McDonough
      Eric McDonough Year ago +3

      Look what u made her do

    • 20shourya
      20shourya 2 years ago +3

      haters gonna hate...

  • Alex Borodin
    Alex Borodin 2 years ago +15

    Another psychologist touts for business. These people are worse than the Jehovas.

    • Pete Shand
      Pete Shand Year ago +1

      The point of the talk is stop using band-aid solutions. Getting a genuine good night's sleep requires a holistic approach that often means making lifestyle changes. CBTi can help you navigate that.

    • Terry Guire
      Terry Guire Year ago +1

      Yea, it was the most anticlimactic TED talk I've heard. The only thing I thought useful was the pie chart.

    • oolon colluphid
      oolon colluphid 2 years ago +2

      Thank you guys for saving me the time. The ratio of Likes to Dislikes is confirmed.

    • FungluttonDotCom
      FungluttonDotCom 2 years ago +7

      Exactly. This talk was so bogus. 10 minutes of build up and then "I can't diagnose you with a treatment unless I meet you, but eat healthy and exercise in the meantime."

  • Gina McGalliard
    Gina McGalliard 3 years ago +31

    This is the same tired advice we've heard in every article written about sleep. And no, CBT-I should not be the first line of defense with insomnia. It should be trying to evaluate the physical reasons in the body that is preventing you from sleeping well.

    • ninj4stud
      ninj4stud 3 months ago +1

      Surely tired advice is what you need if you cannot sleep. :-)

    • Juan Van Schoor
      Juan Van Schoor 11 months ago +1

      Till started by using medication for it no thank you

    • Juan Van Schoor
      Juan Van Schoor 11 months ago +1

      Gina McGalliard exactly thought it was ok video till last half of video

  • chanelname969
    chanelname969 3 years ago +3

    very optimistic I like it..