Night After Night

One woman shares her experience with sleepless nights and her desperation to give herself a chance to recharge.

Nothing was working–except the clock that slowly ticked off the minutes as she lay awake waiting for the sleep that never came. In Night after Night, follow one woman’s journey to a good’s night’s sleep using approaches that helped her TakeCare and recharge her mind, body, and spirit.

  • Simple changes can help quiet our minds and improve our sleep.
  • When we sleep, our body devotes energy to repairing itself.
  • Finding calm habits throughout the day can help you sleep better at night.

Film details

Director
Ross Kauffman

Featuring
Jane Kaplan

Producer
Nicole Kaplan

Associate Producer
Zada Clarke

First Assistant Camera
Ian Wexler

Director of Photography
Henry Roosevelt

Gaffer
Patrick Ginnetty

Production Sound Recordist
Aisha Hallgren

Production PAs
Shaquelle Alcindor, Landon Yost

Music by
Dan Krysa

Editor
Galen Summers

Assistant Editor
Tim Schwab

Sound Design & Mixer
Matt Rocker

Color by
Final Frame

Insurance & Risk Services Provided by
Film Emporium

Post Production Supervisor for Actual Film
Riccardo Kovacs

How it All Ties Back to Whole Health

A good night’s sleep helps you feel strong and motivated to start your day. Sleep helps us think clearly, be productive, manage stress, and enjoy life. Yet, a solid 7-to-9 hours of sleep every night can seem like an elusive dream.

Many of us are waking several times a night and are struggling to get that good night’s sleep. This leaves us feeling tired, irritable, and overwhelmed. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be that way and a first step is recognizing the mind-body connection.

Sleep problems can make us feel powerless. But you do have the power to change your sleep.

Ana Krieger, MD, MPH

Director, Weill Cornell Center for Sleep Medicine

The Chief of the Sleep Neurology Division in the Department of Neurology, and the Medical Director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is a Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Departments of Medicine, Neurology and Genetic Medicine.

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Interview with Film Advisor: Ana Krieger, MD, MPH

You can find what works for you!
Good sleep comes when you stop resisting your challenges, and instead, embrace them. Ana Krieger, MD, MPH

Q: What to you is the most powerful message of the film?

A: Jane’s story is a good example of how embracing challenges instead of trying to fight them can be a more powerful approach to improve sleep. Once she recognized the stressors in her life, she was able to address those issues by trying different calming activities and choose the ones that helped her the most.

We have more power to improve our sleep than we realize. We are capable of learning how to sleep better by using approaches to acknowledge and address our worries during the day and strategies to unwind and relax at night, leading to a more positive relationship with sleep.

Q: What are some other things people can do to get better sleep without medication?

A:  There’s a cycle – if your day is very stressful, you might not sleep well, which may lead to more stress the following day. If we worry about sleep, it may worsen our sleep problems. Instead, we need to embrace sleep and take action to improve it, starting with basic strategies, such as keeping a regular routine and schedule for sleep, unwinding and relaxing before bedtime and waking up at the same time every day. Also, it is important to consider the sleep environment, as stimuli such as lights, noise and use of electronics at bedtime can affect our ability to sleep well.

Q: What are things people can do during the day to help improve their sleep? 

A: We need to be mindful of our daily routines as they may affect our ability to sleep well. Staying physically active, adding a break in the day to decompress, eating healthy, avoiding the use of stimulants such as caffeine or chocolate later in the day, and reducing alcohol intake can all contribute to a better sleep. To attenuate the racing mind at night, it is also helpful to set up a time during the day dedicated to worry – taking 10-15 minutes after lunch to go over your worries or “to do” lists can help decompress the mind and improve sleep quality.

We have the power to improve our sleep by calming our minds, improving our habits by creating a regular and healthier routine, and sleeping in a quiet environment that is conducive to sleep.


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