Don’t Let a Lack of Sleep Ruin Your Wellbeing!
It goes without saying that sleep is an extremely important component of your physical and psychological well being. It’s while we are asleep that our bodies do some of their best work. I like the thought that our bodies build and repair muscle tissue that is damaged in injury or exercise, allowing it to grow back stronger. It’s when we sleep that our immune systems we are told patrol our bodies and attack any nasty lurking illnesses that can cause us harm. Moreover, when we’re deep in REM sleep that’s when our brains get the rest they need to help us awaken in the morning refreshed, restored and reinvigorated. That counts as a huge plus to me and something I don’t want to miss out on.
When we don’t get enough sleep it can be much harder to lose weight, gain lean muscle mass, shake a nasty cold and even concentrate on our duties at work. If you’ve been struggling to get the 7-9 hours of sleep your body needs every night, it’s time to put a plan in place to get you snoozing again!
Address the causes
When we’re having trouble sleeping, it’s rarely for no reason. Stress can be a huge impediment to restful sleep, as can busy work days where you spend the whole day lurching from one coffee to the next. Money worries and relationship trouble can also keep us up at night. Likewise, if your bedroom is cluttered or untidy this can also make nodding off (and waking up) much more difficult.
The better able you are to address the reasons why you are unable to sleep, the better equipped you’ll be to rectify them. Don’t stress about them either – take it slow and live in the present. I know that you can add stress to stress by stressing over the stress! Be wise and find solutions.
Ditch the devices
Does your bedtime routine involve reading a book on your tablet or scrolling through your social media feeds on your phone? If so, these could be the culprits preventing you from getting the restful sleep you need and deserve. Devices like tablets, smartphones and laptops emit blue light which can inhibit your body’s release of the hormone melatonin which is linked to healthy sleep.
Keeping these devices out of the bedroom (or at the very least restricting their use in the bedroom) can help to prevent sleep troubles and restore your sleep cycles. I know, I know – it’s so easy to check that last Social media notification – but off means “off”.and out in the other room is a good plan and so much more of “sleep healthy”. You will be better for it. I know I am!
If you’re really struggling to get a good night’s sleep and it’s proving increasingly detrimental to your health and wellbeing, you may benefit from visiting a sleep clinic like www.sleepcrs.net.au/. They can help you to determine the medical cause of your sleep trouble through appropriate forms of testing and implement a solution to help you to sleep soundly once again.
Find healthy alternatives to sleeping pills
If you’re not quite ready to see a sleep specialist just yet I’d advise against resorting to sleeping pills. Not only do they rarely work, they can have a range of potentially harmful side effects. Though they may help you to lose consciousness, this does not necessarily mean that you will get the kind of restful REM sleep that your body needs and you may wake up even more groggy than if you had stayed up all night.
Instead, seek healthier herbal alternatives like chamomile, valerian root or a melatonin supplement. Do your research too with alternatives and speak to a Doctor before embarking on any alternative plans.
With the right help you can get back to snoozing and feeling like your old self again when you wake up! Hmmm I think I suddenly feel tired!
Deborah Hunter Kells
I have a wide range of interests and the top of my list is people and relationships. I appreciate our big wide world and nature which tries so hard to deal with what we do to it. I enjoy learning and am a “forever student”. I would love to hear about you and what you have experienced – that one or both of us may learn.