How to get a good night's sleep
We can all at some point have trouble falling asleep. For some this can be a regular occurrence which can lead to stress, exhaustion and long-term health issues. However, we all need rest to allow our bodies to recharge and mend itself. Here are a few useful tips for getting a restful night’s sleep.
Sometimes we can fall into that trap of feeling as though alcohol is the only thing that helps us fall asleep, when in fact it stops us from achieving a restful sleep and wakes us up.
Turn off electronics an hour before sleep
Try to turn off the TV, laptop and phone at least one hour before you intend to go to bed, these stimulate the mind and are counterproductive in allowing the mind to relax.
Getting into the habit of napping actually affects your sleep for that evening. It can be a vicious cycle, however by breaking the cycle, you may feel tired to begin with but more likely to sleep that evening.
Turn the clock away from easy viewing
If you wake regularly it can be all too tempting to keep looking at the clock to calculate how much sleep you’ve had and how long until you have to get up. This puts pressure to fall asleep again and actually wakes up the mind to do the calculation. By turning it away when you do wake (which is natural during the night) just roll over and go back to sleep.
Accept that the body takes what it needs
Not everyone needs eight hours sleep to be able to be rested, while this time is recommended, allow your body to take what it needs. This will take away the pressure, even if you are just lying there with your eyes closed, you are still resting which is great for the mind and body.
Make your bedroom a place of peace and comfort
The bedroom should be a place of peace and tranquillity, make it as comfortable as possible. Try to keep it clutter free and an enjoyable place to relax.
Keep a note pad by the bed
If there is something on your mind or you're running through the itinerary for the next week, try writing it down on a note pad. This way it will be out of your mind and allow sleep to come.
Learn how to relax
How do you relax without drinking alcohol? Learn what really makes you feel relaxed. Whether it’s a bath, going to the gym or having a chat with your partner.
Hypnotherapy can be an effective treatment option for insomnia and sleeping problems. The hypnotherapist will work with you to cope with stressful situations that may be keeping you up, as well as teaching you relaxation and self-hypnosis techniques to practise at home.
If you would like to know more about how hypnotherapy can help with sleep, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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About Laura Duffy
I am a psychotherapeutic counsellor and hypnotherapist. I volunteer for various organisations as well as run my own practice. I thoroughly enjoy the work that I do and I believe that if you love what you do you never work a day in your life. I am based in Letchworth and Milton Keynes.… Read more
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