Tired and Hopeful of a Good Night's Sleep?
24th November, 20130 Comments
Written by: Lifestyle Therapy - Susan Leigh
For many of us a good night's sleep is the last thing on our minds. We are so busy juggling family commitments, work deadlines, business and social arrangements that when we eventually collapse into bed, exhausted and mind racing, we wonder why sleep seems so elusive.
When we're hopeful of a good night's sleep we need to treat it accordingly, as a valuable part of our commitment to our health and well-being. Hypnotherapy can add to that commitment in important ways:
- Learn the importance of delegating, sharing the load, asking for help. It's important to share work and family responsibilities. It allows others to learn new skills, appreciate what you do, feel part of the team. If you struggle to delegate it may be useful to ask yourself why that is. Do you feel guilty in asking for help, feel that you should do it all yourself, fear that you might lose control and appear less capable. Hypnotherapy can help you to improve your confidence levels and will help you to be more assertive and feel good about having some time for yourself, for relaxation and winding down.
- You may need to take care of others but it's also vital to appreciate the importance of taking good care of yourself with a healthy diet, regular breaks for nutritious food, drink and some personal time. Make time for a walk outside and enjoy the fresh air. Appreciate the role of breaks in managing stress and notice that afterwards you return to work feeling calmer, with clearer thinking, better able to perform. Hypnotherapy can help you find an appropriate work/life balance, whilst self-hypnosis can support you in taking valuable 'me' time - enabling you to quickly access a positive mindset.
- Consider ways to support a good night's sleep. Avoid scary late night films, heavy meals, an excess of spirits, all things that can contribute to restless sleep and disturbing dreams. If you need to have a serious, stressful conversation try to schedule it for a time when you're both able to contribute well to it, rather than last thing at night.
- Make your bedroom a calm, relaxing haven. Minimise clutter, screen off work areas and enjoy this as your place, an oasis of calm, where you go to relax and enjoy quality time either on your own or with your partner. Ensure that it is well-ventilated and not too warm. Maybe use lavender in the rinse cycle of your bed linen. Ensure that your bedroom is fresh, comfortable and pleasant.
- Routine can be important in training your mind and body to prepare for bedtime and sleep. Try to keep to regular hours. Hypnotherapy can help you to become more confident about saying 'no' when you've done enough. Designate a time when you finish work and after that only deal with something if it's an absolute emergency. Aim to wind down for a couple of hours before bed. Have a shower and wash away the day's cares and concerns.
Trying to cram everyone's demands into a day may seem efficient, but as a way of life, sustained over a period of time, it can make you stressed, inefficient and unwell. Hypnotherapy can support you in prioritising effectively, becoming assertive about what's right for you, helping you to clear away old expectations and patterns of guilt; all actions which support you in having a good night's sleep.
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