Are you getting enough sleep?

sunset 1I wonder if you have given any thought to your sleep patterns. Many people sleep very poorly and this can have enormous knock on effects to our health. It impacts on energy, concentration, our immune system and our ability to manage our weight.

This is something that for me was getting worse and worse. I was regularly lying awake in the middle of the night unable to sleep. I sometimes got up 6 or 7 times in the night.

To begin with I put it down to my age, going through the change and other such things as I had heard other people talking about this. However after my gall bladder operation I realised that many of the symptoms I had been experiencing had been connected to this organ (going back several years).

This made me start to question my poor sleeping habits too as this was the only issue I had left. I started monitoring things like caffeine and alcohol intake. Coffee definitely had an impact but not that much and then I finally woke up, which allowed me to go to sleep!

It was all about technology. During an average evening I would use my ipad or mobile phone constantly whilst watching TV. I would check Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and so on. The blue light from such devices can fool the brain into thinking it is wake up time. This persists even when we go to bed.

So here is what I did. I now stop looking at my media stuff by 7pm. I might check it once after that but only for two to three minutes maximum. We have just moved into our new bedroom after the building works. We have made this a technology free zone.

I am now three weeks into my new pattern. I am sleeping through the night and waking rested. I am now getting seven to eight hours sleep where before I was getting five to six. I can already feel the difference.

Giving yourself the best chance of a good nights sleep is essential as part of your well-being programme as it helps promote health and happiness.IMG_4012_ silver lining cloud edited-1_edited-2

How are you getting on with this part of your life? Let me know if you have found things that work or if you need some ideas.

 

About Melody @ GWizlearning

Melody spent fourteen years gathering experience of the business world working in banking, telecommunications and the public sector before co-founding The GWiz Learning Partnership in 1993. Melody has a Masters Degree in Applied Positive Psychology, a degree in Psychology and a diploma in Psychotherapy. She is an NLP Master Trainer which allows her to run NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner and NLP Trainer Training courses certified by the Positive School of Intrinsic Neuro-Linguistc Psychology. She is also a qualified Myers Briggs practitioner and EI practitioner and added to all this is five years Transactional Analysis training, meaning she is able to help organisations access the hidden potential in their staff. She is also in demand for her work in transforming average or even troubled teams into high performers. Melody is a visiting lecturer at University of East London, teaching "Wellbeing and Positive Psychology" to undergraduates. Additionally, she is a member of the CIPD and is ILM accredited. Melody's interests are many and varied. She has a keen interest in personal development, canine and wolf psychology, conservation, movies and running. She also enjoys western horse riding, walking the GWiz dogs, nature watching and stage combat (particularly sword fighting).
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