Do you lie awake at night with thoughts from the day running through your head? Or maybe you find it difficult to get off to sleep at all? You are not alone. Many people suffer from poor quality sleep. One of the main reasons for poor sleep is daytime stress, which can be made worse by sleepless nights.
About one third of the world’s population experiences insomnia on a regular basis with approximately 15% claiming that insomnia is a major problem in their lives.
Many use over-the-counter sedative medicines to combat insomnia while others seek stronger prescription medications from their doctors. Each year up to 10 million people in the United States received prescriptions for drugs to help them go to sleep.
In New Zealand insomnia is considered a major public health problem with potentially serious consequences.
Approximately 25% of New Zealanders have a chronic sleep problem.
In 1996 the World Health Organisation recognised insomnia as a serious public health issue with potentially serious consequences for health, safety, quality of life, and high human and economic costs.
Half of insomnia cases result from excessive worry, stress, and over active mind, or physical pain. Symptoms associated with insomnia can include daytime fatigue, irritability, lack of focus, and difficulty coping with complex tasks.
Insomnia is possibly due to disruptions to normal lifestyle. For instance changes in the sleep environment, timing of sleep, jetlag, depression, or stress.
Often it is more than just the thoughts of the day that preclude people from sleeping and rather there is something fairly specific bothering them, thus their minds are actively engaged in going over and over the problems, which hinders them in settling into sleep.
Sometimes insomnia is caused by overeating, smoking; or drinking stimulants such as coffee or alcohol in the evening; or it may represent more deep-seated psychological problems – fears, guilt, aggressions; or it may be an indicator of depression.
Often, some simple lifestyle changes may be all that is needed. Learn to relax. If we don’t take time out to relax every day then the tension we experienced today is with us when we start the next day. And so the tensions of that day stack on top of the previous day’s tension and so the compounding effect grows. When we have an overload of tension without release it manifests in different ways. And for some people it is in the way of poor sleep.
We need to train ourselves to really quieten our minds – to let go of those busy thoughts – to relax and let go. Making a list of things you need to get done the following day before going to bed will help to allow you to get to sleep knowing that you have a reminder so no need to keep thoughts churning.
Medicines such as sleeping tablets are for short-term use only, as the body quickly adapts to them and more and more of them have to be taken in order to continue to be effective.
Plan to go to bed and wake up at a regular time. Make sure your bedroom is warm peaceful, dark and also well ventilated. Electronic devices such as computers and televisions can disturb sleep so it’s best to keep these in another room and allocate your bedroom to rest and sleep only.
If you are one of those people who find it hard to fall asleep or to stay asleep my programme will give you the help and guidance you have been looking for.
Teaching you to find a wonderful, restful and natural nights sleep, every night. It is also designed to help shift workers and those who travel across time zones. Those who have disruptive sleep patterns, to achieve restful periods of sleep that suit their schedule.
Imagine being able to fall asleep without any stress or anxieties, feeling comfortable and relaxed. Drifting effortlessly into a deep sleep and feeling refreshed upon waking. My sessions are designed to re-programme your mind and body to enable you to fall asleep and stay asleep, naturally.
So get back on track by taking your first step – email me now. Phone or text 021 222 5546