Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the simplest things we can do to improve our health.
Sleep affects our body’s ability to recover and repair, our immune system, mood, memory, communication skills, safety, and our performance at work, study and sports. Sleep deprivation is also associated with obesity, diabetes and heart disease. (1)
Yet getting the recommended 8 hours a night can be a lot easier said than done, with 1 in 3 of us suffering from insomnia.
So to help us tackle four major sleep issues, my teacher and friend, Taetske Kleijn, has filmed a set of classes called:
- Do you ever find yourself thinking about the tiniest little things when you’re trying to get to sleep?
- Are you troubled by nightmares or fears or anxiety around sleep?
- Do you ever get irritable because of a bad night’s sleep?
- Is your sleep interrupted so you wake up still feeling tired?
- Do you rely on coffee to get through the working day?
- Do you find it hard to relax and unwind at night?
- Does the idea of a full 8 hours of sleep seem like a fantasy?
- Are your sleep patterns out of your control because of shift work, a new baby, jetlag?
- Do you simply feel in need of a good, deep rest?
If you answered yes to any of the following then this series is for you. Join us for the Super Sleeper Series
Taestke addresses four common sleep issues. There are two classes per topic: a talk, plus a meditation or practical exercise. Watch Taetske explain it in her introduction video or read more below it.
What to do if you can’t get to sleep because you can’t ‘stop’ thinking. Or when you wake up in the middle of the night and your mind is racing – thinking about anything and everything.
What to do if nightmares, fears and anxiety are preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep. Also helpful if you experience ‘daymares’ – anxious thoughts or memories while you’re awake. Download the Writer’s Game worksheet for this session.
What to do if fear of not being in control when you sleep is preventing you from relaxing. This is a natural instinct and relates to so many aspects of our lives, not just sleep.
What to do if your sleep rhythm is disturbed. Maybe you have no control over when you can sleep due to shift work, jet lag and so on. You’ll also learn how to get the benefits of a good night’s rest even when you can’t sleep.
For each sleep issue, we recommend you watch the talk first and then do the practice. You can repeat the practice as many times as you like.
Source: Public Health Matters UK https://publichealthmatters.blog.gov.uk/2018/01/30/is-lack-of-sleep-affecting-your-work/