Worrying about insomnia ''can make matters worse''
Individuals who suffer from insomnia could be making their
condition worse by worrying about it, an expert has argued.
According to social psychologist Dr Sandra Wheatley, people should
look on the bright side if they are suffering from a sleep
disorder, as the stress of worrying about sleep can actually make
symptoms worse and stop people from getting rest.
She commented: "Make a note of how much sleep you are getting. You
will perhaps be surprised by just how much sleep you are getting.
That in itself can be reassuring."
Indeed, people suffering from insomnia should do all they can to
stay positive. For example while there is plenty of research
claiming eight hours of sleep per night is recommended, other
studies show some people could get away with just six.
Ms Wheatley's comments follow those of relaxation coach Andrew
Johnson, who recently argued creating a peaceful environment can be
key to individuals getting a sound and restful night's sleep, as
stresses can ultimately be a killer of a good night's sleep.
Posted by Elizabeth Mewes