The idea is to drink a cup of coffee or caffeine product quickly, then have a nap immediately afterwards. It sounds contradictory, and initially, made no sense to me, but the science behind it proved otherwise.
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.
She had four morning nectars but night tries to remain in control. Her bed is luring her back; she can hear its haunting song whispering in her ear and drifting around her head, like a breeze caressing leaves on a tree.
I use a variety of techniques to treat the daytime effects of sleep deprivation and reset my circadian rhythm. This blog discusses how I stimulate my brain with smell using Aromatherapy.
I use a variety of techniques to treat the daytime effects of sleep deprivation and reset my circadian rhythm. This blog discusses the 'Light Therapy', also known as 'Phototherapy' that I use every morning.
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
When it comes to mental wellbeing, different types of relationships are important. Probably the most important relationship is the one that you have with yourself. When mental health is poor, this is usually the first relationship to suffer and may be the hardest to fix. Things that you can do to help improve your relationship with yourself include:
I've been wide awake since 3 am. It's an intriguing time of night, 3 am. I like to call it 'the dead of night'. Nature is sleeping sweetly. The wildlife that frequents my garden are all nestled, gently breathing. Even the trees look asleep, as they stand strong and still, without a quiver from a single leaf.
Have we become a nation of 'can't get to sleep' and can't wake up' sufferers? I think if we did a national poll, there would be more than 70% sufferers compared with those who fall asleep easily and roll out of bed awake and refreshed every day.