Okay, so we all know that sleep is important, but do we really know how important it actually is?
This last week has been difficult in the sleep department for me and boy have I noticed the impact.
I normally have a good sleep pattern and get about 8 hours, this is perfect for me, it keeps me functioning on a level that works.
I've had an injury that has stopped me exercising for the last few weeks so I put it down to the fact I'm not physically as as tired when I go to bed.
My sleep routine is pretty good, bed around 10.00, read until I'm tired, fall asleep.
Until last week........
Then as soon as I lay down to sleep, PING my eyes were open and I wasn't tired, also the injury was causing a nagging pain that didn't help. This went on for about 6 nights and surprise surprise my mood deteriorated during these 6 days, I became:
less inclined to talk to people
less motivated to keep on top of my social media
and most definitely a little more "spiky"
So what do you do when this happens?
My first thought was, squeeze my eyes shut and I'll fall asleep.
Nope didn't work.
Then I remembered something I had read about not lying there getting stressed, get up and do something then go back to bed and you will sleep. So I went downstairs and read a magazine, that helped and I fell asleep.
The only problem was this became a pattern so for about 4 nights I went to bed, tried to sleep, got up, made a hot chocolate, did something like unload the dishwasher and went back to bed.
Brilliant at least I was getting some sleep, not enough though,so as my sleep got less my mood got worse.
Right I wanted my 8 hours back, (LIGHT BULB MOMENT) now the MP3 I give my clients to help them sleep is brilliant for this but I didn't want to listen to my own voice so I used a friends recording and set it up on my phone, headphones at the ready and told myself that if I cant sleep I have a back up plan that I know will work.
I didn't need the MP3 , the change in mindset and having that back up was enough, I went out like a light.
Well I believe it is because I went to bed in the knowledge I would sleep so my brain listened, if I had gone to bed thinking "oh my god I'm never going to sleep, this is terrible etc etc" I would have talked my brain into believing I couldn't sleep.
I slept like a baby last night, my mood is brighter and I'm much less Hedgehog like today!
Sleep is so underrated, did you know it is during REM sleep that the brain processes the events of the day and moves them from an emotional memory in the primitive brain to a narrative memory in the intellectual brain, one we have control over.
We've all experienced the feeling of being annoyed at something in the day, getting a good sleep and waking up thinking why on earth did I let that bother me so much.
"Things will look better in the morning" is an old but very true saying.
Keeping a good sleep routine is so important to keep our mental health in a good positive place.
Tips to help with sleep:
Mental or physical activity during the day.
Calm quiet bedroom with no TV.
Regular bedtime and waking up time.
If you are working late make sure you have switch off time between work and sleep.
A hot milky drink.
Resist the urge to use your phone before trying to sleep, even put it in a different room.
Read a real book, not an e book.
If you are struggling to get to sleep get up and do something then try again.
A relaxation MP3 works wonders for calming the mind.
Be kind to yourself.
If disturbed, or not enough sleep is a continuous problem for you then you may benefit from hypnotherapy, a talking therapy that allows you to regain control of your thoughts and brain. Plus you get a fab MP3
Feel free to message with any questions around hypnotherapy and how it could help you.
Have a great week .