Sleeping Easy?

I caught some of an interesting interview on the radio on the way to work this morning with Dr Guy Meadows, who runs the Sleep School (www.sleepschool.org). As a chronic insomniac for the past 10 years I found this very interesting.

Insomnia is awful – it can be bad for your physical and mental health, not to mention your relationships. Lack of sleep makes you grumpy and affects your performance at work, how you deal with stress and has a negative impact on pretty well every aspect of your life.

And it is so common! In 2011 the Guardian reported that the Great British Sleep Survey found 51% of Brits  were struggling to get enough sleep.

i have tried pretty much everything I can think of. Yoga helps but hasn’t cured me. I have done the long wind down before bed, hot milky drinks before bed, warm baths, aromatherapy, reiki and reflexology. In recent years I have pretty much given up and if I can’t sleep I take a pill; I need to be able to function during the day. However, I am uncomfortably aware of the potential long term side effects of these and I would love to just go to bed and sleep!

Dr Meadows has a book out, the Sleep Book. I think it may be time to invest!

 

0 thoughts on “Sleeping Easy?

  1. saraband

    Sometimes I can’t sleep, either because I wake up with my brain buzzing or can’t get to sleep in the first place. In that case I go downstairs, make a hot drink & have with a couple of biscuits, then read something not too stimulating for 30-45 mins. By that time I’m usually quite cold so I make a hot water bottle and take it back to bed. That usually works. The worst thing is just lying there wide awake knowing you’ve got to get up in the morning. One enemy of sleep for me is going to bed feeling hungry.

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  2. AuntLeesie

    Did you sleep better on your holiday? Aside from the obvious (being away), if you did get better sleep, there may be a way to duplicate some of that at home? I don’t sleep any better on vacation than at home. Was told awhile back it’s pretty normal for women who are peri-menopausal or menopausal, and thought to myself, “Oh, lovely. Another perk to go with hot flashes and all the rest.”

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