In my last post, we looked at mental health issues such as burnout and depression and how sophrology could be used to help people both as a treatment and as a preventative measure, when dealing with these and a number of other debilitating conditions.
Yet one of the root causes of many health and mental problems can be something as simple as a lack of sleep. In this post, we’ll examine the importance of sleep to a healthy body and mind, what issues are likely to result in unhealthy sleeping habits and patterns, such as waking up in the night and we’ll also examine how Sophrology can help restore the balance in your life so that you can gain a restful night’s sleep once again.
There have been many studies into the importance and role of sleep in our lives and it is true to say that we are just beginning to learn about the key role it plays in our lives. Recent research into sleep, especially R.E.M (Rapid-Eye Movement) sleep seems to show that in this period of sleep, when we are most likely to dream, our mind creates dreams in order to process some of the worries and anxieties that we have not resolved during the day.
In a healthy lifestyle, this can result in some unusual, quirky dreams, but in an unhealthy, overly stressed or anxious person, this can result in the brain becoming too active and as a result, the individual will wake up during the night.
Researchers have shown that when this occurs, our brain has been in an overly excited state during the night, dealing with a greater than usual number of problems, anxieties and stress factors and is, in itself, exhausted.
This amount of worry and being in a state of perpetual anxiety means that greater levels of stress hormones are released into the body, so physically you are more anxious and thus, easily awakened. This can, eventually, lead to hormonal or chemical imbalance in the body, which just exacerbates the problem further.
The cumulative effects of this means that there has been no time to enjoy deep, restorative sleep, which is so vital to our all round mental and physical well-being. This is displayed by the fact that when we wake up, we are often just as tired as when we went to bed in the first place. We feel more, exhausted during the day, which leads to more stress and anxiety and decreasing energy levels to cope with them.
Many people try to mask the effects of sleep deprivation by a number of means, caffeine, alcohol, sleeping tablets, nicotine or even anti-depressants are all used to stimulate the body into a state of chemical- induced, weary-wakefulness.
These treatments are not addressing the root cause of the problem and continued reliance on these items will mean that the body adapts to them, so the user requires increasingly larger doses to cope, which can lead to serious problems over time.
Sophrology can help in this situation by addressing the key issue; a lack of restful sleep.
Through a series of dynamic relaxation physical and mental exercises, sophrology empowers the individual to exert more control over the stress-factors in their life and one of the immediate benefits of this, is more restful sleep.
By addressing the needs of the body and mind through the exercise program, an individual can learn to enter sleep in a calmer, relaxed and less anxious state of mind. This promotes a much healthier sleep pattern and reduces the instances of an individual waking from the deep, restful REM state of sleep.
Given that an individual can quickly learn these exercises and achieve remarkable results in a relatively short space of time, it is little wonder that over 300,000 members of the public in Switzerland have enjoyed the benefits of sophrology over the last 25 years.
Sophrology has many other benefits too; improving self-confidence, raising self-esteem and allowing individuals to realise their potential as well as teaching them how to cope more effectively with stressful situations, develop and maintain healthier, stronger relationships and how to communicate more clearly and effectively with others.
You don’t have to struggle on with a lack of restful sleep, weariness and tiredness as day-to-day companions, there is a solution available that can help you be the person you want to be.