We all have our moments in life when we feel like “Sisyphus”. The tragic Greek hero condemned to push a rock uphill for all eternity. Is your sleep like this? Have you ever noticed that the harder you try to fall asleep the more difficult it becomes? It is so frustrating. Today I want to share with you notes from a book I am currently reading. It is entitled, “The Sleep Book-How To Sleep Well Every Night
” written by Dr. Guy Meadows. Dr. Meadows is the co-founder of “The Sleep School
“.Dr Guy Meadows is a sleep physiologist, with a doctorate (PhD) from Imperial College, London. He has been working in sleep for the past 12 years. 8 of which have been dedicated purely to helping clients overcome insomnia. He spent four and half years working within the sleep research laboratories of the Royal Brompton and Charing Cross hospitals. His PhD investigated sleep in normal individuals and patients with sleep apnea.Dr Meadows is trained in Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). He is pioneering the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Insomnia (ACT-i). He also regularly talks and runs training workshops for therapists and General Practitioners.Dr Meadows discusses what really is getting in the way of our sleep ans so I would like to share this with you in this weeks article.
What Stands Between You and Sleep:
I will fail to fall asleep.
This is the number one reason that people fail to fall asleep. The reason is twofold. Either you are afraid of how you will perform the next day on very little sleep or you are afraid of failing to fall asleep. It is a very large paradox that if you just accept the fact that you will not fall asleep, you will fall asleep. For example, if I have a hard time falling asleep, I will go and read a book quietly in my favorite chair until I do become sleepy. A word of advice a book made from paper would be best instead of reading from a Kindle or like device. The light emitted will upset the balance of the melatonin in your system. Don’t like to read. Play a round of solitaire with real cards.
It will hurt if I do not fall asleep.
It goes without saying you may not feel yourself the next day, but unless you suffer from MS, Fibromyalgia, or chronic pain issues you will not feel physical pain the following day. Yes you may be grumpy, have mood swings, and feel exhausted this is normal. You should let go allow what you are feeling to be experienced. Stop struggling against it.
I cannot sleep without pills or props.
When you have lost your ability to trust in yourself to fall asleep naturally without pills this becomes according Dr. Guy, “A huge barrier.” Because you have become so reliant on the medications for sleep, you become fearful of the withdrawal process so that you can fall asleep. You are addicted and have become dependent on the medication.
I am a lost cause.
This is a very normal feeling when you have lost the ability to fall asleep on your own. But it is not true. Continued failed attempts to fall asleep can erode you confidence to fall asleep. If you want to press on and overcome insomnia, again accept it, and don’t struggle against it. Sleep will come.This is just a short introduction to the fantastic book I a reading right now. Maybe it sounds a little quirky, “Accept and move on”. But it works.I have noticed in my life that if I accept situation I find myself in, I am able to overcome it. But as long as I continue to fight with it, the problem never goes away.Click Here
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