Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sleep research and Better Sleep Sooner

Sleep is under the magnifying glass at the moment and a good thing too. 

Nearly 50% of people worldwide report that they experience sleep deprivation. When we consider that sleep deprivation can leave you literally drunk reducing your cognitive skills, memory and ability to 'do' stuff like drive a car... just to name a few. 
Health issues such as obesity have been related to a lack of sleep. 
"Roenneberg and the psychologist Marc Wittmann have found that the chronic mismatch between biological and social sleep time comes at a high cost: alcohol, cigarette, and caffeine use increase—and each hour of social jetlag correlates with a roughly thirty-three per cent greater chance of obesity. “The practice of going to sleep and waking up at ‘unnatural’ times,” Roenneberg says, “could be the most prevalent high-risk behaviour in modern society.”"  http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/snoozers-are-in-fact-losers

I could go on. It is not rocket science; when we don't get enough sleep we begin to feel bad and regardless of the research, the trick to knowing if you have had enough sleep or not is to notice how you feel when you wake up in the morning.

Here is the thing. There is a huge amount of research on the web about sleep hygiene, just do a google search and you will find all you need to know about how to improve you 'context' for sleeping, and what we now know about context and its influence on genetic activity  would suggest that context has a huge influence on our mental and emotional wellbeing. However what happens if you do it all right and yet continue to have difficulty sleeping?

Gratuitous self promotion alert!

Read Better Sleep Sooner.There is not enough information about how to change your thoughts and feelings about sleep and getting to sleep and the reason for that is: very few people know how to do it, and very few people have spent time and energy to 'model' - research and generate mental strategies - good sleeping strategies and then teach them to others. 

One strategy I am talking about for instance would be, what to do when the self-aggrandising thought demon rolls into town? Talking trash, worrying you sick and creating anxiety where ever it goes. This little demon can literally destroy sleep. 

Better Sleep Sooner helps you to tame the little demon in seconds and at the same time explains why it turns up when it does and why your belief about it could be one reason why it is ruining your sleep.

Heres a hint: when you lie down to begin the sleep process, your mind and body move into a natural healing cycle. 

There are so many ways to 'reframe' your experiences in bed and so many of them are in this book.

If you have any questions of comments, contact me today.

Aaron