Are You Having Problems Sleeping Counselling can help!
Sleep is crucial for good health, it helps memory and mood, keeps you trim, strengthens your immune system, fights inflammation, and keeps your heart and blood vessels in tip-top shape.
While you’re sleeping, the body repairs damaged tissue, produces crucial hormones, and strengthens memories a process called consolidation, which helps you perform a new skill better after sleeping than you would if you spent an equivalent amount of time awake.
So, what happens when insomnia, worry/stress or a jam-packed schedule cause you to lose sleep?
You can’t turn off your busy mind.
Instead, you keep going over and over your stresses, worries, and frustrations, contemplating them from various angles. It’s almost like they’re playing on a continuous loop that you can’t shut off, which interferes with your ability to smoothly slip into slumber.
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Your muscles are seriously tense.
If you’re experiencing muscle tension and pain, or stress-related aches such as neck and shoulder pain or headaches, it can be difficult for you to fall asleep or stay asleep. Complicating matters, poor sleep can set the stage for you to experience even more tension headaches and increased pain sensitivity the next day.
Your heart is racing.
A revved up or variable heart rate is a common stress symptom, and it’s associated with increased levels of cortisol (a stress hormone), greater physical tension, and increased autonomic arousal—effects that are not conducive to falling asleep or sleeping well.
Other Common Sleep affected Issues
- Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
It is a condition in which breathing stops involuntarily for brief periods of time during sleep. Normally, air flows smoothly from the mouth and nose into the lungs.
- Delayed Sleep Phase Disorder
Also known as delayed sleep-wake phase disorder, is a chronic dysregulation of a person’s biological clock, compared to the general population and relative to social norms.
- Advanced Sleep Phase Disorder
Also known as the advanced sleep-phase type, a condition in which people feel very sleepy and go to bed early in the evening (e.g. 6:00–8:00 p.m.) and wake up very early in the morning (e.g. around 3:00 a.m.).
A condition characterized by an extreme tendency to fall asleep whenever in relaxing surroundings.
- Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless Leg syndrome is a common cause of painful legs. The pain of this syndrome usually improves by moving the legs and becomes more noticeable at rest. Symptoms of restless legs syndrome typically worsen during the early evening or later in the night; which can lead to insomnia.
To walk around and sometimes perform other actions while asleep.
- Light Pollution
In this instance, the use of laptops, phones, and TV whilst trying to get off to sleep. Or any man-made sources, that will affect the natural cycle of human sleep.
- Noise Pollution
Noise pollution or noise disturbance is the disturbing or excessive noise that may harm the balance of human life. The source in built-up areas can come from, noisy neighbors, living in a busy city, also road traffic, road works, grass cutting, anything that is disturbing your normal sleep pattern.
How to get a better night’s sleep
The first step for anyone with sleep problem should be to take a careful look at your sleep hygiene. This means organizing your surroundings and activities to promote sleep as bedtime approaches. Skip caffeine afternoon, (and don’t forget that diet soda, herbal teas, and chocolate can contain caffeine too). Avoid alcohol or heavy meals within three hours of bedtime.
Exercise is great for sleep, especially falling asleep. You’ll get the most benefit by working out five to six hours before bedtime. A hot shower or bath about an hour before bedtime can also be helpful.
Reserve your bed for sleep. If you can’t sleep, get out of bed, go somewhere else, do something quiet, calm and relaxing, go back to bed when you are sleepy again.
Go to bed and wake up at the same time within a half hour every day.
Finally, don’t make your Facebook page, Phone, or TV your destination of the evening. Using these devices for communication is clearly eating into our sleep time.
When it gets dark, our bodies release a hormone called melatonin that helps make us sleepy, and pre-bedtime bright light exposure especially exposure to the blue light emitted by screens large and small weakens melatonin release.
The best way to be sure that you’re sleeping enough is to wake up spontaneously without the use of an alarm clock and to feel rested when you wake up. If those things happen and you’re not feeling sleepy during the day, then you’re probably sleeping enough.
If you have tried and tested all the different ways and possible habit changing exercises, and you still are not sleeping, why not try and speak with a professional.
Looking at the reasons you’re not sleeping at a deeper level of your conciseness, may help to relieve the underlying issues. Try: –
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