The mind is an incredibly powerful thing, and there's
no greater example than the subconscious. Sometimes, our mind can
work against us in such a way that manifests as night terrors and
sleep walking. Practical tips to assist in relieving these
phenomena include avoiding technology prior to bedtime and
If you suffer from broken sleep and
wake up feeling anything but refreshed, it's time to look at how
you can make tweaks to your daytime routine, which translate into a
deeper, better quality sleep. Your quick wins here
are: a decent breakfast within 30 minutes of waking, an effort to
moderate caffeine consumption, some exercise and a commitment to
take a break from work during the day.
Getting off to sleep - and staying
When getting off to sleep troubles
you, it's time to look at your bedtime routine. Having
a bath with relaxing essential oils is a fantastic way to
facilitate some shut eye. Crucially, removing yourself from
technology 60 to 90 minutes prior to bedtime will quickly send you
into a deep and restful sleep. It's likely that you'll wake during
the night: the trick is to avoid looking at the clock, to banish
any anxiety about how soon you'll need to be awake for the morning.
Getting out of this habit is a surprisingly effective way to fall
back to sleep swiftly.
Seeping too much is called
hypersomnia and is actually counterproductive, leading to daytime
lethargy, inactivity, and a lack of motivation, not to mention mood
swings and cognitive problems. Remember that being
well rested encompasses nutrition and strengthening good personal
relationships, along with a sensible amount of sleep. Always aim to
go to bed with something to look forward to for the next day, as a
way to avoid sleeping in too long the following morning.
For greater detail, see my Better Sleep Tips. I'm always
interested to hear what's working for you, so get in touch on Facebook and Twitter using #MySleepSecret.