I ask all of my clients how they sleep and the answers are often the same. Not very well. We take a good night's sleep for granted when we are younger but as we get older things get in the way. Stress, anxiety, noise and bad habits can all mean that we lie awake with only our thoughts for company.
We all know that dreaded feeling when you're lying there thinking about the alarm clock and how tired you'll be at work in the morning.
Many of us use alcohol or cannabis to sleep better but it actually has the opposite effect. They both stimulate the nervous system and although they may help you to drop off, they will also stop you from getting REM sleep, the state in which we process information and de-stress. It's not just the amount of hours we get, it's the quality of our sleep that matters.
When we don’t sleep well, we can experience low energy, irritability and anxiety. Chronic sleep depravation can lead to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, depression and diabetes.
What is a good night's sleep worth to you? You have the ability to sleep peacefully, perhaps you've just forgotten how.