Are you getting enough sleep?

I imagine we’ve all had mornings where we didn’t get enough sleep, it can make you feel quite irritable and in a low mood.  The Sleep Council report an alarming 4 out of 5 of us complain of inadequate or disturbed sleep. So why is getting a good night sleep important?


We spend one third of our lives asleep and the reason for this is simple, sleep is essential for our physical health and mental well being. Not getting enough sleep can affect how well you learn, get along with others, work, react and think. Even after just one night without sleep, concentration can become more difficult. Long term sleep deficiency has been linked to an increase in the risk of chronic health problems like heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, obesity and Alzheimer’s disease.     


Avoid Bright Screens Before Bed: Melatonin is the hormone that helps you enter into your sleep cycle and light from screens such as computers, phones, tablets and TV’s can hinder it’s production and so preventing you from feeling drowsy.

Limit Caffeine: Caffeine is a stimulant, which means it makes us feel more alert.

Use Relaxation Techniques: It’s suggested that half of all insomnia cases are caused by emotional issues such as anxiety, stress and depression.  So a good relaxation technique like 7/11 (as mentioned in last months article) is always handy to have.   

Exercise: Regular exercise can not only help you sleep but also improve your quality of sleep.

Habit: Create your own habit of going to bed and waking up at the same time.

Do Something Boring: If you find getting up helps you if you can’t sleep, make sure you do something boring until you feel sleepy. Avoid engaging in a fun or stimulating activity because you don’t want to reward your brain for staying awake!

For further tips and information on how to get a good nights sleep, see my website or call me for a free consultation to see how Elizabeth Donegan Cognitive Hypnotherapy can help you get a good nights rest.

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