Are you one of those lucky people who can put your head on a pillow and fall asleep within five minutes?  Lucky you!  Or do you struggle to get to sleep and then wake up in the middle of the night and take ages to nod off again? Sleep is important for our physical and mental well-being.

How well do you sleep
Sleep is Important

Our lifestyle can have an effect on how well we slumber.  For example smoking, no exercising and eating too much too late or snacking just before bedtime can make it more difficult to doze off. Too much alcohol will usually have you falling asleep straight away but it will not be restful and you could find yourself waking up in the early hours, feeling more restless and unable to get back to sleep at all.  Too much alcohol will cause tiredness, irritability and a feeling of being unwell for most of the following day.

If you are concerned about your sleep patterns keeping a diary will help you recognize what triggers cause your restlessness.  If it continues and there is no apparent reason for the disruptive sleep patterns, a chat with your doctor is advised.

There could be other reasons for your restless nights, such as worry, or other emotional issues.  The sooner they are recognized the quicker they can be addressed and worked on.  A continued lack of a good night’s sleep will cause a deterioration in your daily life.  If you are constantly tired at work you could find yourself unable to concentrate fully and be unable to function properly, eventually, your work will start to suffer.

Once you are in bed, try relaxing your muscles.  Starting from your toes; give them a wriggle, then move upwards into your legs, stomach, chest, arms, shoulders, and neck.  Breathe in slowly through your nose and exhale slowly through your mouth.  Hopefully, this will put you in a relaxed state of mind and help you to sleep better without waking up until morning time.

There is a sleep diary available here.  You can print this off or create your own to suit.

Sweet dreams!

Jan, Life Coach You