Tips and Insights

Sleep – The Importance of Healthy Sleeping Patterns

Through these challenging times, more of us are being affected by poor, unhealthy sleeping patterns. It’s important for both our mental and physical health that our poor sleeping patterns do not become a long term habit.

Maybe some, or all of these are familiar to you, or someone you know;

  • Do you have difficulty getting to sleep?
  • Do you have problems switching off from your day? or thinking about tomorrow?
  • Do you struggle to remain asleep throughout the night?
  • If you wake in the night, do you find it challenging to get back to sleep?

According to recent research carried out by the NHS, 1 in 3 of us suffers from poor sleep, with stress, computers and taking work home often blamed. However, the cost of all those sleepless nights is more than just bad moods and a lack of focus.

So, what happens if you don’t sleep?

Everyone’s experienced the fatigue, short temper and lack of focus that often follow a poor nights sleep. An occasional night without sleep makes you feel tired and irritable the next day, but it won’t harm your health.

After several sleepless nights, the mental effects become more serious. Your brain will fog, making it difficult to concentrate and make decisions. You’ll start to feel down, and may fall asleep during the day. Your risk of injury and accidents at home, work and on the road also increases.

If it continues, lack of sleep can affect your overall health and make you prone to serious medical conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Here are some tips that may help you improve your sleeping habits;

  • Make sure your bedroom is comfortable – not too hot, cold or noisy.
  • Try not to work or have your computer or TV in your bedroom.
  • Try to get regular exercise – swimming and walking are ideal
  • Try to cut down on caffeine in the evening.
  • Try not to eat or drink a lot late at night – have your evening meal earlier if you can.
  • Don’t drink too much alcohol. It may help you fall asleep, but makes you more likely to wake up in the middle of the night.
  • Spend some time relaxing before you go to bed – a warm bath may help. There are many different relaxation techniques, you could try CDs and books
  • Try to keep a regular pattern of going to bed and rising at the same time every day, even if you are not tired
  • Keep a notepad by your bed so that if you are worried about something, you can write it down and be ready to deal with it the next day.
  • If you still cannot sleep, try not to lie there worrying. Get up and do something you find relaxing like reading, watching TV or listening to quiet music. After a while you may feel tired enough to go to bed again.
  • Complementary therapies such as massage or aromatherapy can be a good way to relax.

Through Hypnotherapy, I have successfully worked with a number of clients, helping them to achieve healthier sleeping habits and experience the positive health benefits this brings.