If you’re having trouble sleeping, rest assure that you’re not alone! In fact, you’re among millions of people who are experiencing sleep problems.
The Sleep Health Foundation in Australia reports that almost 60% of Australians regularly experience at least 1 sleep disorder symptom such as trouble falling or staying asleep. Similarly, the National Sleep Foundation in the U.S. reports that disordered sleep affects nearly two-thirds of American adults— and stems mostly from stress.
Sleep disorders can be seriously harmful. According to the Adelaide Institute for Sleep, poor sleep can result in memory and mood disturbance, daytime sleepiness and poor concentration. Long-term sleep loss can contribute to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. In addition to affecting your health, it can impact your safety (higher risk of accidents when tired), work performance and relationships.
While there are many tips to improve sleep, unless your stress is managed, other remedies may not be as effective. It’s also helpful to understand that you can’t make yourself fall asleep. What we can do, however, is create the right conditions for sleep – in our minds and our environment.
Better than Counting Sheep is an e-book that outlines 15 ways to improve your sleep. Included in the guide are 3 HeartMath techniques which are based on 25 years of scientific research by the Institute of HeartMath. This stress management system is used around the world by people in military organisations, healthcare, schools and businesses with consistent good results.
When using HeartMath techniques, it’s helpful to understand the desired mind/body state called Coherence. When you’re in coherence, your internal physiology is balanced. Your heart, mind, emotions, nervous system, hormonal and immune systems are operating in a coordinated and optimal way. Research has shown that generating coherence is directly linked to better sleep, significantly less fatigue and improved mental abilities. When you’re coherent, you not only save energy, you have a greater capacity to perform well, remain calm, think clearly and control your emotions. You have a better coping capacity.
If a good, deep, restful sleep is elusive to you, the techniques in Better than Counting Sheep may help you to enjoy better sleep and improve your life. It won’t happen overnight, but if you establish and maintain a good sleep routine, also known as good ‘sleep hygiene’, it’s likely to improve. Different techniques work for different people. Find what techniques suit you, adhere to them and be patient. If your sleep still doesn't improve, please consult your doctor.
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