” Too much work to catch-up on”, “too much on my mind, too many worries, stress or too wired.”
And this is having a direct impact on our general well-being and performance.
But…We cannot take for granted that sleep will come easily for all of us!
In the 16th century – play writer, Thomas Dekker, who believed sleep is vital, stated “Sleep is the golden chain that links our body and health together”. And I agree. Sleep is an essential link to our well-being chain. And we really do need to pay attention to the quality of our sleep.
Have you heard of familial Insomnia? It is very rare genetic condition, and a person with this condition suddenly sometime in adulthood, develops an inability to sleep, resulting in sudden onset of medical conditions and a significantly reduced life span. This gives us a glimpse how sleeping is important for our body.
We need sleep to function effectively – to restore and rejuvenate, to grow muscle, repair tissue, and produce hormones. Sleep is essential for brain health. Without good sleep our executive functioning, ability to concentrate and our performance will greatly diminish.
A great book, the Sleep Revolution by Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post highlights too how sleep is vital for our health and also for achieving our goals in life.
Some people spend a lot of negative energy saying to themselves “I can’t sleep” or putting pressure on themselves “If I don’t sleep I won’t be able to function tomorrow”.
Develop healthy sleep promoting habits to get your body and mind ready for bed.
Just like children need a bed time routine – so do adults!
“We all have different preferences for what slows our body down, so do what works for you. And if you don’t know try to be curious and explore different options”. .
I was reminded of the benefits of being in nature, whilst on a five day camping trip in a remote campsite. There were no shops, no access to technology and an abundance of sunlight, nature, fresh air, salt water. And lots of opportunities to exercise. Granted there was none of the daily pressure we have in our modern lives, but it was under one hundred years ago that most people were connecting a lot more with nature as part of their everyday lives.
I hope you all give yourself permission to make the time to have a good night sleep and improve your overall well-being.
If you feel you have exhausted options or feel too stress to do it alone, it is important to get support to help you to address your sleep issues more deeply. You can speak to your treating doctor or feel free to contact the Emotional Health Centre for further information.