Sleep is an essential part of our daily lives as it helps us rest and recover from the daily grind but unfortunately, not everyone gets a full night’s rest and although a night of sleeplessness might have very little impact, the long-term effects of sleep deprivation could be detrimental to ones over-all health.
What’s even more concerning about the matter of sleep deprivation is the fact that not many people are even aware they have such a problem and how it negatively affects their health and lifestyle.
In this television interview, we talk to Denise Drysdale aka Ding-dong, co-host of the morning show on Studio 10 and two-time winner of the Gold Logie award for Most Popular Female personality on Australian television, while she takes us through her sleeplessness and we share with her some helpful tips on how to combat it.
Here are some helpful key takeaways from the TV interview:
If it takes you more than 20 minutes to go to sleep, that is too long and it means something is out of balance. Awareness is always the first step and if you know this, then you know something needs to be done.
Adrenaline is a stress hormone and something that stops you from sleeping. So if you’re an active person and have an active mind, you need to start training your body and mind to start winding down so it is easier for you to fall asleep. When your body is in the “fight or flight”, your body doesn’t feel it is safe to drift off to sleep. Even if the adrenaline pumping through your veins is from excitement, the message being sent to your body is “it is time to do more” rather than sleep.
Whilst some people’s sleep can be affected by excessive worry, there is another category of people whose sleep is affected by excessive excitement and the need for constant stimulation. I work with these people to remove the need for excitement. The trick is to learn to replace the excitement with the bliss hormones. Once you know how, It is well worth it!
Here are some quick sleep tips:
– Dim the lights a couple of hours before going to bed.
– If watching TV before bed, watch it from a screen that has an app that blocks out the blue light. Blue light acts like the sun does and our eyes recognize that and it suppresses the melatonin production. Melatonin is a hormone that is produced by the pineal gland, which relaxes us and helps us to fall asleep.
– If snoring is a problem, sleep on your side but if you still snore, you can try wearing acupressure rings that work on the meridian of the muscles which cause snoring at night.
– Download an app that records your sleep – measure how long it takes you to sleep, how many times you’re waking up, how deep your sleep is and how much you’re snoring during the night – the app records the sound so it knows how much you snore. By monitoring your sleep patterns, it is easier for you to pinpoint the specific problem and how to solve it.
Thanks for joining me today and sleep tight my lovelies.. Don’t let the bed bugs bite! 🙂
If you or anyone you know has sleep problems and need some help, feel free to send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get you or your friend on your way to restful nights.