Does it take you hours to fall asleep at night? Is your mind busy whirring away?
Do you wake up in the early hours of the morning and can’t get back to sleep just before your alarm is due to go off?
Do you struggle to fully engage in the day? Do you have a short fuse with others and find your patience wears pretty thin?
I know how you feel! I used to struggle to fall asleep at night. It would sometimes take me a good couple of hours to drop off and I’d find myself going to bed earlier and earlier but I wasn’t getting any more sleep.
Then I’d struggle to get up in the morning, and it took me hours to start feeling anywhere close to ‘normal’. I probably drank way too much coffee to keep me going.
I tried lots of things – going to the gym to wear myself out, listening to calming music in bed and then resorting to having a couple of glasses of wine before bed. I believed that if I kept myself really, really busy that I’d surely get to the end of the day and just pass out. Probably not surprisingly, none of these things helped at all.
Now it’s a different story for me. I no longer take hours to fall asleep because I can’t switch off. I go to bed when I feel tired, and I fall asleep more or less straight away.
The effects of lack of sleep can be vast and affect us all in different ways.
Getting a good night’s sleep might not make you feel better straight away but after a few consistent nights of sleep, you will realise how good you can feel again. Not only does it improve your mental wellbeing it also boosts your immune system so you’ll find yourself feeling run down and ill less often. Sleep, amazingly, can also improve your sex drive and increases fertility.
But probably the most common effects include:
- Low mood
- Low energy
- Low immune system
- Lack of focus during the day
- Brain fog
- Prone to accidents
Lack of sleep and all these side effects will impact our relationships with friends and family, but they will also affect our work and careers. But it doesn’t stop there and lack of sleep also affects our own health and wellbeing. So the benefits of getting consistently better sleep will have a positive impact on all areas of our lives.