Getting out of bed 'full of the joys of spring' in the deep, mid winter is, for the most, unheard of; falling out of bed and tripping up in the dark is more like it. For people with a variety of sleep disorders, life all year long can be difficult, but without a doubt, wintertime is the most challenging part of the year because of the effect the reduction of available light and drop in temperature has on how the brain and body functions.
This final blog in the series covers how I use the power of music alongside the other techniques to treat the effects of sleep deprivation and improve my mood and concentration. Music can stir the soul; it can energise the soul and also arouse emotions. It can create whatever ambience you want to suit your mood at the time using upbeat, downbeat, soothing, thought-provoking or emotion-stirring sound or lyrics.
Living with the daily consequences of a sleep disorder is harsh; the sleep disorder causes chronic sleep deprivation as well as a host of cognitive, and physical ailments. I have two choices; give up and die - which sometimes in my dark place, I find myself wanting to. Or, tackle it face on to give me a fighting chance