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The current pandemic has certainly changed the way we live our lives.
It has affected many of our daily routines, and one of its biggest reports impacts has been that on sleep – sleep becomes more elusive when we are anxious.
Many people are suffering sleep issues for the first time in their lives:
But good sleep strategies will help you sleep well and can limit the negative effects of poor sleep.
Try these FIVE hints for calmer and better sleep.
1 Limit news intake and avoid your mobile and tablets for at least an hour before bed.
Do something to boost your mood before bed – a humorous television program or an uplifting podcast can help you sleep.
2 Have structure to your day
Our brain and bodies love structure. Wake, exercise, eat and sleep at similar times each day.
3. Focus on your breathing
Think about resting rather than sleeping. Follow your breathing by silently whispering the words “in” and “out” to induce sleep.
4 Learn to relax
Relaxation can switch off the stress response, physically and mentally. Find something that works for you – mindfulness meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, deep breathing or a long hot bath.
5 If you can’t sleep – get out of bed
Your bed should not be a battleground. Instead, try to enjoy the sensation of merely resting.
Hypnosis can help many forms of sleep issues and insomnia.
If you are not sleeping well, and traditional treatments are not working, hypnosis may be able to help you sleep the way you deserve.
It uses different approaches to induce relaxation, such as focused attention, symptom control and guided imagery.
And, unlike sleep medications, it has no side effects, so it can be an aid for those who can’t or don’t want to take sleeping pills.
It can help overcome bedtime restlessness – ease the worry, tension and anxiety that prevents sleep – and can show the way to the deep, restorative sleep that we all need.
Call me today for a free 15-minute phone consultation and I will discuss with you how we can get you back on the road to great sleep!
Wally Post CH