Falling asleep ''should be natural''
Falling asleep needs to be a natural process that involves as
few distractions as possible.
Andrew Johnson, relaxation coach at withandrewjohnson.com, noted
while there are some practical considerations - such as getting
blackout blinds and staying away from caffeine-filled drinks late
at night - ultimately it has to be a fairly stress-free
He added individuals rarely remember how they got to sleep because
it is something that can be very hard to control.
"They know they need to be comfortable and there shouldn't be too
much noise, but apart from that, people tend to think about one
thing and the next thing they know they are waking up in the
morning," Mr Johnson observed.
The expert added the irony of thinking about trying to fall asleep
in bed is that more often than not it
results in people becoming more awake. However, he did accept there
are certain techniques that can be used to relax the mind and body
ahead of trying to drift off.
Mr Johnson, who has a recording called Deep Sleep that is designed
to help individuals get good slumber - pointed to the fact that
around two-thirds of people in the UK have sleeping problems and he
describes this statistic as madness.
In terms of adults who are stressed, the expert stated one of the
first things to suffer is the quality of sleep. Worries and
concerns can take over people's lives to such an extent that many
will not be able to nod off in a short time period.
"When you feel as if you are in control of something ... if you
have a solution to it or some control over it, you start getting
into better sleeping patterns," Mr Johnson added.
And the importance of a good night's rest cannot be overstated, as
recent research linked insomniacs to a higher risk of heart
disease. The study also found that both quality and quantity of
sleep is important.
Posted by Elizabeth Mewes