Bed....Do you dread bedtime? You have had a really busy day, you were up early, you probably pushed it a bit and now it’s time for bed.
You do all the things ‘you are supposed to do’ no caffeine, go to the bedroom at a reasonable time, relaxation cds, read...and you find you either just can’t sleep or you eventually sleep and then wake up in the middle of the night and that’s it – you are awake.
Your sleep may be shallow and unrewarding. Sleep that leaves you feeling wrung out and tired – and sometimes even oversleeping in the morning.
This might be manageable for a day or two – try it for weeks, months or even longer and you will be getting very, very frustrated and possibly even anxious as bedtime approaches.
You may have found your ideal partner – and realised that you have a lifetime of disturbed sleep ahead of you.
Your partner snores and wakes you intermittently.
No Sleep = Slow Torture - I’m really not exaggerating.
Sleep deprivation has been used by special forces worldwide for decades to get what they wanted from people.
It’s no wonder you are feeling wrecked and now you have turned to the doctor for sleeping tablets or have been self medicating. Self medicating can be anything from a few large glasses of wine, a big shot of brandy or handfuls of over-the-counter sleeping remedies.
You may be really worried you are becoming dependent on these aids.
Insomnia affects about 30% of the population at sometime in their life. Insomnia may be experienced in a number of ways: difficulty falling asleep, early morning waking, and sleeping in short bursts. Long term insomnia may indicate other clinical conditions - stress, bereavement, depression or perhaps some form of anxiety .
By the time you are reading this it’s likely that you realise your performance is really suffering, be it at home or at work.