Are you one of the 46% of people who have issues with sleep? Recent research conducted by a British insurance company found that the top stressor in ordinary life was not being able to sleep (and if you’re interested, the next top cause of stress was losing keys).
Why does lack of sleep cause us so much concern? We worry because sleep is so important to our ability to function in many areas of our lives. As anyone who has ever struggled to doze off can attest, lack of sleep leads to irritability, making mistakes, and a lack of concentration. We can’t remember what we’re meant to be doing, and if we can, we stuff it up. Long term, it can drain our enthusiasm for the parts of life we enjoy, and cause us to give up more easily on things we find challenging. The chronic stress state it places on us can lead to lethargy, lack of appetite, a low function immune system (hello, sickness) and an unhealthy addiction to caffeinated beverages. Chronic sleep deprivation shares a lot of similarities with an episode of depression. Add to these effects the worry that often goes along with not sleeping. We are aware of how detrimental to our mental health insomnia can be. This causes us to worry about the fact we’re not sleeping – worrying so hard we keep ourselves awake and make the problem worse!
Perhaps you’re just prone to the occasional bad night, or your sleep is interrupted by a changing work schedule or a crying baby. The principles are still the same. Knowing how to create an environment that best fosters sleep, and what you can do to get you back to sleep quickly, means you can make the best of the time that is available for sleeping, and avoid the associated lethargy and crankiness that inevitably results from a bad night’s sleep.
So what can I do to improve my sleep?
Normally, this would be my introduction to some practical tips to improve your sleep. However, with sleep, I found myself talking about these ideas so regularly with clients that I figured I would capture all my best tips in one place – and I ended up with way more than a blog post’s worth. So I’ve written a self-help guide to better sleep instead. Something you can read quickly and implement easily without the need to go trawling through websites for factual information, and without having to making a doctor/ psychologist’s appointment. The aim is to have you sleeping better within a week – and hopefully less!
So today’s blog tips are in my e-book. It’s a short, easy read because it’s just full of practical strategies – stuff you can implement straight away. It’s available on Amazon for instant download (there’s a free app so you can read it on whatever electronic device you have) for only $4. If you’re having trouble sleeping and even just one of the tips works for you, I think you’ll be better off for the investment! If someone you know is having trouble sleeping, share the link with them so they can download the book.
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Lana Hall, Psychologist. Helping you to live your best life, using the power of psychology.