B is for Be Aware of what you’re sleep pattern is, and what you’re thinking while you’re trying to sleep, waking in the middle of the night and waking too early… they all indicate a different thing.
And the patterns can help you to solve the problem.
“A problem well stated is a problem half solved” – have you heard that before?
Keep a journal beside the bed for a while and document what is going on in your head – get clear about exactly what is bothering you. And your body… what did you eat or drink today that might have set off a reaction, etc.
You’re having trouble falling asleep?
Overactive mind? Anxious about something? In overdrive? Revved up? Haven’t had any chill down time? Stressed?
You’re waking in the middle of the night?
Worrying about something? Anxiety? Stressed? Mulling over your problems (and they always get worse at night don’t they?).
You’re waking too early in the morning, and can’t get back to sleep?
At least 80% of depressed people suffer from insomnia. They have difficulty falling asleep, but more often staying asleep. Waking too early in the morning is a virtual give away of depression.
Depressed? If it were me, I’d be following up with the great information about Omega 3 – specifically high EPA/DHA ratio supplements – such as the brand EyeQ (3:1 ratio). (Note: The usual 1.5:1 ratio doesn’t cut it, search for the best stuff). Read about the work by Dr Andrew Stoll at Harvard University on our page listed above. (He works with the ratio 7:1 EPA:DHA – not so easy to find, unfortunately.) (There is also some great work being done with EyeQ Omega 3 and ADHD – more on that later.)
Here’s a great workbook you can use to help with Anxiety and Phobias and Panic. Written by Edmund J. Bourne PH.D. It even has a special section for sleep. But it covers a whole lot of stuff… it’s a meaty book – with lots of great information and strategies and exercises. Over 400 pages covering just about every phobia, as well as nutrition, exercise, self-esteem, seratonin and melatonin, vitamin supplements, self-talk, etc etc etc. Over 600,000 copies sold – do I need say any more? Just click on the image to buy it from Amazon.
Statistics say that 20% of Australians will suffer a mental health problem at some stage in their life (I wouldn’t be surprised if it were actually more than that – it’s pretty common). 12% experience an anxiety disorder.
Ever heard of Tapping and Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)? There are parts of your body (acupressure points) that you can tap to release fears and restore emotional balance. Sound too good to be true? Here’s a DVD that could start you in a whole new direction in dealing with unwanted emotions, irrational fears (i.e. phobias) etc. Our bodies store patterns in relation to thoughts, and EFT will prove that to you. Very interesting and well worth looking into (if you haven’t already). I haven’t seen this specific DVD – but I’m guessing a DVD is going to be more easily understood than a book. Tell me how it is.
More on all these topics later… but start with BEING AWARE and taking notice.