Interesting Article with some Great Tips on how to Fall Asleep Faster

The BBC has a great article online, “Are you getting enough?

The article discusses the pervasiveness of sleep disorders in the U.K. (and modern society in general) as well as some interesting suggestions to help you fall asleep faster. Here are a few:

Systematically tense each muscle group in turn until it starts to hurt – about 20 seconds – and then let go. This creates a warm feeling of relaxation, and any tension should flow away. The theory is that with physical relaxation comes mental calmness. PMR is used as a stress buster, as well as helping sleep.

Just repeating “the” could be the solution. It’s known as a blocking strategy, another cognitive technique. The aim is to stop the mind racing. Repeating a simple word like “the” at irregular interval blocks other thoughts coming into your head.

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5 thoughts on “Interesting Article with some Great Tips on how to Fall Asleep Faster”

  1. Great to see that sleep issues are finally making it into mainstream news. I would go further than Dr. Neil Stanley (quoted above) and say that sleep is even more important than diet and exercise. For example sleep disorders like as insomnia are a debilitating condition affecting the way we think and potentially causing depression, altering how we eat by boosting hunger, changing how we exercise by making us feel tired and fatigued and if allowed to continue for some time seriously affecting our health. For the benefit of some of the other bloggers and any Insomnia sufferers I am actually a sleep doctor and deal with Insomnia and other sleep related problems on a regular basis. At my clinic in London we use a combination of factors to successfully treat insomnia including cognitive behaviour therapy, nutritional analysis, sleep hygiene optimisation, sleep restriction therapy, relaxation and meditation, and stress management. What we find is that every case is completely individual with some peoples problems being very cognitive (racing mind etc.), whereas others is due to what they eat and the type of sleep pattern they keep. If you would like to know more please visit our website: http://www.lifecheckhealth.co.uk or drop me an email at guy@lifecheckhealth.co.uk. Happy sleeping!

  2. To help with the issues of stress, worry and a mind which will not seem to ‘switch off’ at night, there is http://www.gettosleep.org.uk which is a website that offers downloadable audio tracks and CDs designed to resolve these issues when it is time to sleep. The tracks are visualisation-based and aim to relax the mind and body of the listener to a point where they can fall asleep and remain in a good sleep throughout the night. The tracks have already helped others with insomnia or sleep problems. Information, testimonials and samples of the tracks are available on the website. Hope this helps!

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