At this time of year, food is on pretty much everybody’s mind.
It is a time for festivals and celebrations. Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah, food and drink play a dominant role.
So, it’s not surprising that we sometimes overindulge. And that can have a direct influence on the way we sleep.
Your diet can seriously affect your sleep. In fact, there is more and more evidence that good eating habits are linked to healthy sleeping patterns and that both are related to health and longevity.
Eating a large meal just before going to bed does not promote sleep. It causes our digestive system to have to work harder than it should while you sleep, preventing the body from paying proper attention to the business of healing and rejuvenation for which sleep is designed and needed. As a result, you may not wake up as refreshed as you should.
At the very least, overindulgence is likely to cause heartburn, indigestion or bloating, all of which will disturb your sleep.
If you suffer from sleeping problems and insomnia, you may want to consider hypnosis.
Despite the myths surrounding the technique, which often originate with stage tricksters rather than authentic therapeutic practitioners, hypnosis is a genuine, safe and non-habit forming alternative to other sleep remedies.
It is believed that more than 60 per cent of the population is affected by sleep disorders at one point or another. The range of sleeping problems is very wide indeed, as physicians have identified more than 70 different conditions.
As someone who has battled with sleep problems for quite some time, I understand the feelings of frustration and exhaustion that often accompany those who are affected by sleep problems. The consequences of sleep deprivation range from irritability and poor concentration levels to weight problems (and believe me, I have experienced them all).
He is normally a very reliable sleeper, so my wife and I both assumed that it was time to get up and take his older brothers and sister to school.
It was only when we were reaching for our toothbrushes, that we glanced at the clock.
It read 1.30am!
We crept back to bed, taking our toddler with us, feeling rather foolish.
Creative Visualisation is a simple but powerful tool which you can use to bring positive outcomes to any area of your life.
- Find a quiet place where you aren’t going to be disturbed. Make sure that you are comfortable and warm and that the lights are turned down. You might want to do this if you are still awake after your Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) exercise.
- Close your eyes. Breathe deeply, inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth.
- Imagine you are lying on a beach on a tropical island. The sand is incredibly soft and cool to your touch. Feel it as it flows between your fingers and toes.
Sleep is such an important part of our lives and yet can prove so elusive, can’t it?
If you are like me, you go through phases of thinking that at last you’ve cracked the code to good, consistent, restful sleep. And then, out of the blue, you have a night of restless sleeplessness.
The secret has slipped through your fingers. All those things that have previously worked for you suddenly seem to have lost their efficacy, and you are left feeling powerless and frustrated.
Finding some answers to the question of how to achieve lasting, consistent sleep is the subject of this blog. SleepAngels is a place to explore the issues surrounding sleep.
Sometimes that will mean following the academic institutions whose main purpose is to research the technical and medical aspects of sleep. Other times it is to look at the mystery of sleep from a more personal, perhaps even philosophical point of view.
Here is another great way to relax your mind.
Do this when you are already in bed. The PMR exercise teaches you effective progressive muscle relaxation through a two-step process. First you deliberately tense certain muscle groups, and then you relax the muscles and turn your attention to noticing how the tension flows away.
Here is a step-by-step way to relax your muscles and your mind in preparation for sleep:
- If you’re not already in bed, find a quiet place to perform the exercise. It should be warm, free from distractions such as TV or music, and somewhere where you know you won’t be disturbed
- Make yourself comfortable, loosening or removing your clothes
- Plan on falling asleep before you finish the exercise – so don’t light candles but do be ready for bed