The Importance of Sleep
One of the most common issues to come through my practice on a weekly basis is anxiety based issues. With people feeling more and more stressed on a day to day basis, anxiety is a common symptom of modern life. An interesting component to anxiety is its link with sleep. All to often, people who suffer with anxiety will also suffer with a lack of sleep. At this time of year particularly with clocks moving forward by an hour, people can often find that their sleep habits become interrupted. That then translates into anxiety through a variety of related symptoms. One of the most common is the lack of emotional resiliency. This is something I will be writing on in due course.
Therapy is not always required for the treatment of sleep issues. People can take practical steps to assist in their good sleep health. Things like cutting back on eating after around 8pm and cutting caffeine and alcohol intake is also a help. Finally, it is wise to avoid the use of smart technology like phones and tablets whilst in bed is also a very good way to ensure the lack of distraction needed for a good night sleep. Finally, mindful mediation and self hypnosis can also assist in the most persistent sleep issues.