National Sleep Day
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Today is National Sleep Day. Falling to sleep after a long day of working hard is one of the best feelings right? Well it is for those who can fall asleep anyway. This day isn’t about how great sleeping is, it is about the struggles and problems that people have regarding sleep. National Sleep Day aims to lessen the burden of sleep problems on society through better prevention and management of sleep disorders. This day is organised by the World Sleep Day Committee of World Sleep Society. This post is to raise awareness of the different types of sleep disorders and how you can get a better night’s sleep.
There are many different forms of sleep disorders that people can suffer with for multiple different reasons such as stress, trauma and genetics. Here are the different types of disorders that people can suffer from:
- Sleep deprivation
- Sleep Apnea
- Snoring Circadian rhythm sleep disorder
- Shift Work Sleep Disorder
- Jet Lag
- Hypersomnia: Excessive daytime sleepiness
- Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)
- Exploding Head Syndrome
- Sleep Walking
- Sleep Talking
- Sleep Terror
- Sleep Paralysis
- REM Sleep Behaviour Disorder (RSBD)
- Catathrenia - Nocturnal Groaning
- Restless Legs Syndrome
- Periodic Limb Movement Disorders
- Nocturnal Emission (Wet Dreams)
Please visit this website to read more information about these disorders and if you think you could possibly suffer from one then please contact your doctor.
Our staff at Link3 and the teachers that work for us all work so unbelievably hard. They can be very stressed, overwhelmed, anxious and very tired sometimes but some of them may struggle to fall asleep. Just because you do not suffer from a sleep disorder that does not mean that you can fall to sleep easily. I am now going to mention a few ways you can relax the body and mind and hopefully help you to fall asleep.
- Lavender Oil
As our Social Media Manager says ‘Lavender Oil is a lifesaver’. Lavender Oil smells divine and this scent is known for helping people fall to sleep. This essential oil is very gentle, potent, soothing and sedative. Lavender also promotes wound healing, has neuroprotective effects, relieves stress and anxiety, treats respiratory disorder and of course, induces sleep. There are many ways how you can include Lavender Oil into your sleep routine such as, buying body products containing the ingredients, pillow spray, oil on your neck, wrists and behind your ears and putting the oil in a diffuser. Lavender also has the ability to cleanse and remove toxins so it would perfect to use a bath bomb containing the ingredients for your bed time bath.
Meditating is a perfect way to relax the body and mind before bed. Stress is a factor that affects peoples sleep, if there is too much on our minds then people can struggle to sleep. Meditation before bed is one of the best ways to get rid of all the stress, it is the perfect relaxation technique. Meditation may also increase melatonin, increase serotonin, reduce your heart rate, decrease blood pressure and active the parts of the brain that control sleep. We recommend following Tamba Roy’s book called Success in Focus: Practical Tools to Support Your Success Today and Tomorrow for the ultimate relaxation.
There is nothing better than getting into bed with a good book and reading until your eyes feel tired. Reading is a form of escapism, it takes your mind off things that are worrying you and puts your mind somewhere else. That somewhere else being in the book. Reading also allows your muscles to relax and slows down your breathing, leaving you feeling calmer. According to The Sleep Council, ‘39% of people who are in the habit of reading before they go to sleep, sleep very well'.
If you are more of a writer than a reader, then journaling is a brilliant way to relax the body, reduce stress and slow down your breathing. By writing down your thoughts, feelings, worries and concerns you are relaxing and getting everything off your chest, leaving you with a clear mind to fall asleep with. Journaling is very therapeutic.
There are just a few ways that can help you fall to sleep. Others include, making sure you’re comfortable, drinking a herbal drink, exercising and ASMR. I hope you have found this blog post useful and that at least one of these suggestions helps you to get a better nights sleep.