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Sleep Problems and Fear of Not Sleeping

Posted Jul 09 2012 12:28am

sleep problems

Do you have trouble sleeping? If so you are not alone, there are millions like you tossing and turning every night. If you have had trouble sleeping for several nights in a row you are by now completely exhausted and yet you can’t sleep.

It is at this point that many people develop a fear of not sleeping which spins them into a vicious cycle of sleeplessness. They go to bed anxious and the anxiety prevents them from relaxing and falling asleep.

Have you ever felt it? Lying in bed but mind buzzing along in a hyper-aroused state. All the thoughts you had no time for during the day surging  through your mind. You may be tempted to get up and do some work rather than wasting hours in bed not sleeping.

Sometimes I have done it; got up I mean. It wasn’t a good idea because the following day is then a complete write off. So staying in bed trying to sleep is better and you probably get a few micro sleeps you aren’t aware of.

This fear of insomnia  can be helped by listening to relaxing music, classical is best for me but it could be any kind of music you find relaxing. If that hasn’t worked for you hypnosis audios can help with sleep problems.

Research has shown that nearly 40% of working aged adults rarely get enough sleep and they are chronically sleep deprived. They feel awful most of the time and try to beat it by drinking a lot of strong coffee. This does’t help of course because caffeine stays in your system for many hours and contributes to continuing sleep problems.

Did you know that 100 years ago people slept for 2 hours more per 24 hours than we do today. But our physiology hasn’t changed. We still need those lost 2 hours. But how are we to get them?

I have published sleep tips before  so do check them out again. One sleep tip that needs to be emphasized is to stop using a computer, laptop or iPad just before bed. Maybe even smart phones should be turned off too.

The bright light from the electronic screen stops you sleeping because it is in this period before bed that the hormone melatonin is secreted, but only if it is dark.  Melatonin is the hormone that begins the sleep process and without it you will have trouble sleeping.

My prescription is:

  • Stop using electronics for a 30 minute period before bedtime
  • Take a hot bath and go to bed
  • Listen to either relaxing music, brainwave entrainment or  hypnosis for sleep
  • Relax into the music or sounds

I would love to hear how you get on with this.

 

 

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