Sleep, Blessed Sleep……
Sleep is so important to us human beings. It is very integral to the way we operate our lives. For me, it is the vehicle that allows our mind and body to rejuvenate, repair and build our bodies and mind back to health. We need sleep in order to achieve higher energy levels and to have sharper mental function. It helps to improve our ability to concentrate and maintain good decision making skills and memory. Sleep helps us to maintain our positive mental outlook to manage stress and strengthen our immune system to keep us well.
Deprivation can lead to many issues ranging from the physical such as aches and pains to mood swings and mental health issues. If you do not get adequate sleep, you can age more quickly, be susceptible to colds, flus and other infections; display an increased risk of accidents whether this be in the work place or at home and poor co-ordination. People can experience more emotional problems including depression, anxiety, feel more irritable and experience mood swings. Deprivation can make these issues more pronounced. It can affect your ability to retain information (memory) and your attention span (focus/concentration), as well as expose you to poor judgement. Your ability to make decisions becomes more difficult. It can increase your risk of heart disease, diabetes and reduce your life span.
How can Sophrology help you to sleep better?
Sophrology helps you to become more body focused and listen to your sensations and release anything that is causing any tension. By using your breath you can calm the mind and release any worries or anxieties that are keeping you up at night. By using easy movement postures you can release any physical tension or sensations in the body that prevents you from sleeping. Using visualisations can help you to protect your ability to sleep. Being body conscious and working in a conscious, alert state, you can release the secrets of the body, heart and mind. Sophrology will therefore help you to build up your inner strength, resources and create balance.
Benefits of using Sophrology when dealing with sleep issues:
- Increased energy levels for the day
- Improved ability to fall asleep and remain asleep
- Calmer mind
- Relaxed body
- Falling back to sleep following a trip to the loo at night!
- Improved energy levels upon waking up
- Improved memory
- Improved concentration during the day
- Improved mood and outlook on life
- Re-tune your body and mind following jet lag and shift work – day, night, rotating shift work and sleep phase disorders
Some of the strategies:
- Identifying what, when and where you need to use the Sophrology techniques during the day to prepare for sleep.
- Using easy movement postures to prepare for bedtime.
- Using breathing techniques to help you get to sleep, if you wake during the night and/or upon early morning waking.
- Assessing the bedtime routine – is it preparing you to sleep?.
- Assessing the bedroom environment – is it conducive for sleep? .
- Power/energy breaks to incorporate during the day to re-tune your body following shift work, jet lag and sleep phase disorders.