Often it’s the simplest things that bring greatest reward. This may sound like a cliché, but it’s definitely true of sleep. A good night’s sleep is the ultimate life affirming tonic. But as we all know, an undisturbed night isn’t always easy to come by - especially in today’s modern world where we’re expected to be ‘switched on’ 24 hours a day.
Over the last decade we have taken calls and emails from 1000s of customers and with the information we’ve gathered we’ve narrowed down the key sleep concerns that affect people the most and with this, the associated symptoms and their impact on health and well-being.
Below are some of the most commonly report sleep concerns we here and our recommendation for helping to re-set your sleep pattern.
getting to sleep
Falling asleep – or difficulty in drifting off. Symptoms include not being able to switch off - you go to bed feeling exhausted but your mind is racing. Normal sleep comes after 10 to 15 minutes but in this case, sleep can be delayed for several hours. This leads to a lack of sleep which affects daytime wakefulness.
Restless sleep – sleep may come but is interspersed with waking up and difficulty getting back to sleep. Tossing and turning, being unable to relax both physically and mentally leave you tired and irritable in the morning. Although similar to disturbed sleep, here you are in control. A restless night with poor quality sleep can leave you feeling bleary eyed and affect energy during the day.
Sleep anxiety – this builds up over time if you have suffered from sleep concerns over a prolonged period. Whether it’s falling asleep or waking up and being unable to fall back to sleep, you become anxious about sleeping. Tension as bedtime approaches and worry during the day both feed the anxiety.
Disturbed sleep – being woken by outside disturbance from neighbours, young children, traffic, causes its own problems. Disturbed sleep is similar to restless sleep, but outside your control. It disrupts sleep’s natural rhythm which runs through several phases and is vital for a full, restorative night’s sleep. It also feeds anxiety around sleep – if you’re constantly worrying about being woken up, you become sensitive to the slightest sound.
waking up early
Waking early – typically this would see you waking around 3am and then being unable to fall back to sleep.
Daytime wakefulness – meaning how awake and full of energy you feel during the day. It is a measure of how well you can copy with daily tasks after sleep. Daytime wakefulness is directly affected by how you have slept, both the number of hours and most crucially, the quality. About one in five people has some difficulty with sleeping so compromised daytime wakefulness affects many.