Exploring Insomnia What keeps you up at night?

Why is Sleep so important?

Not being able to sleep can be distressing.  If you have ever suffered from insomnia you'll be aware of the effect it can have on your normal day to day habits. Poor sleep long term can create prounounced wrinkles, lines and bags under your eyes. It may also create skin or health disorders. (You really do need your beauty sleep) Without enough sleep you may find that it could...

Sleeping on the jobImpair your ability to function effectively, can increase the chances of injuries and mistakes

Effects your relationships - Emotionally it changes your state of mind - creating mood swings, anger, depression, more anxiety a general inability to deal with lifes normal stresses and challenges

Decreases your ability to heal - effects your immune system, slowing down the healing process

Sandra Cobalt explains, A health sleep allows your brain to process your daily activities (and do your homework for you), it doesn't need your conscious help but needs your cooperation to leave it alone so it can get the job done !

What is Insomnia?

Insomnia is defined as a symptom of a sleeping disorder, with either the difficulty of getting to sleep or staying asleep.
There are multiple reasons for experiencing insomnia. Stress being one of the most common, however it could also be to excitment or creativity or anxiety. It may be due to lifestyle, drugs, sleeping habits.

There is however no hard and fast rules to how much sleep you really do need, because
everybody is different.  It is dependant on your own personal lifestyle
and genetical make up.  It is true that children do require more sleep,
as sleep activates the growth hormone... (so they really do grow while
they sleep).  


What can you do about it?

There are many different approaches to sleeping easily, dependant on what may be creating your insomnia.  It may be worth exploring your own habits by doing a Sleep Diary.  This can be done by simply recording down the times you do certain activities allowing you to begin to focus on your own personal habits and routines.

If you would like more information about keeping a sleep diary, simply send us an email and we will send you a sleep diary that you can start using today.  Click here for the contact us link(Be sure to explain in your email that you are after a copy of a sleep diary.)

Once you acknowledge and are more aware of your own personal habits, it will be easier for you to find the best solution and strategy. It may be from changing the times you eat to resolving some personal emotional issues.

Below I've included a number of my personal favourites, which you may find helpful.

If you experiencing challenges in getting to sleep

  • The 15min rule - After 15mins if you are still tossing and turning, get up, get out of bed, have a sip of water, walk outside and inspect the weather or do something that you enjoy for a short period of time (eg. less than 5mins) and then go back to bed. This often helps.  You may find that you need to get up a couple of times, that's ok, just do it !
  • Enjoy Your Time - instead of beating yourself up and getting more anxious about not being able to sleep, use this time to do some of those odd jobs you may not get a chance to do during the day.  Find a way to actually enjoy the time you have to yourself.  Changing your perception will ensure that even though you can't sleep yet, you're making the most of your time and your life.
  • Longer wind down period - stop any activities which may stimulate your mind and allow yourself more time to wind down.  Many people get more creative at night, as it may be due to your own natural circadian rhythms, (a sleep diary will help you determine this)
  • Create a Sleep routine 30min - 1 hour before sleeping create your own routine, which may include things like: having a bath or shower; followed by a cup of herbal tea; followed by 30mins of reading or writing and then sleep; Followed by a 10min meditation or self hypnosis.  By doing similiar activities before sleeping, you can train your mind that it's time to relax and sleep.

If you are unable to stay asleep

  • Re-organise your Environment- perhaps your environment is effecting your ability to sleep, it may be as simple as getting darker and heavier curtains to block out the car lights or dampen the noise.   Getting a new mattress or pillow (your health is worth the investment)
  • Self Hypnosis - practise self hypnosis techniques and include words, pictures and beliefs about your ability to get to sleep and stay asleep easily throughout the night.  

Again, there are so many ways in which you may be able to easily change this habit. For more ideas and strategies on how you can improve your night's sleep write to us and let us know what you think is keeping you up at night.  Dependant on your own personal experience there maybe a simple and fast solution for you.

Call us directly on 0402 623 375 or (02) 9389 7687 alternatively email us Click here to send us an email because you deserve to sleep easy.

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