Women sleeping

Recently the media published information from the latest scientific research that suggested going to sleep between 10 to 11 pm may reduce your chance of heart disease. Scientists reported that an analysis of data, following a study of more than 88,000 adults tracked for around six years revealed a 12 per cent greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease among those who dropped off from 11 to 11:59 p.m. and a 25 per cent higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease among people who fell asleep at midnight or later. 

So, this ‘wonder’ treatment, is a good night’s sleep, which is free and has no side effects and taken daily at the correct time, may have many more proven benefits than just reducing the likelihood of heart disease & helping you live longer. For example, it helps to reduce high blood pressure; it enhances your memory and makes you more creative. It makes you look more attractive and can keep you slim and lower food cravings. It can help protect you from dementia and other mental health issues. It wards off colds and the flu. This ‘wonder’ treatment can make you feel happier, less depressed and less anxious. So, are you getting a good night’s sleep?

It is recommended we get 7-9 hours of sleep each night and many of us do. But a good night’s sleep is not just about how long we sleep it’s also about the quality of our sleep. How often do you apparently sleep all night and still wake up tired and not on top form the next day?

Good sleep allows our minds and bodies to cycle through phases of sleep known as Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep and Non-REM (NREM) sleep. These occur throughout the night with NREM dominating the late-night hours and REM dominating the early morning hours. Each type of sleep is vitally important to our overall well being and ability to function effectively the next day. We can’t really afford to miss out on quality sleep at either end of the sleep period as it has a long-lasting detrimental impact on our health.

Can you relate to any of these?

  • trouble getting to sleep,
  • waking in the middle of the night,
  • waking too early in the morning
  • oversleeping or only able to wake with an alarm
  • finding that your unable to function without a caffeine boost before midday
  • spending the morning longing for another little doze
  • falling asleep in the early evening
  • using the weekend to ‘catch up’ on sleep

Maybe it’s time you looked at getting a good night’s sleep.

Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can help you achieve a good night’s sleep. By using elements of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) combined with Hypnotic trance you will learn amongst other things, how wearing sunglasses outdoors in the morning, (yes seriously) can help you sleep that night and the regular use of my relaxing MP3 audio will help overcome many of the above issues ensuring you get “a good night’s sleep”.