Sleep Wellness

In a world that seems to thrive on stress and over-commitment, sleep is often seen as a necessary evil.  Technology creep has helped blur boundaries between work life and home life.   Often we find ourselves trying to multi-task and pack more and more into every day, often treating sleep as nothing more than an afterthought or something that interferes by tearing us away from the computer, or finishing a really big project.

What we now know is that sleep
is absolutely essential for optimal health, both physically and mentally.

Some of the benefits of adequate sleep include the following.

Reduced Stress

A good night’s sleep can help lower blood pressure as well as reduce the level of stress hormones in our system.

Improved Memory

It is becoming more evident that healthy sleep is essential for consolidation of knowledge.  The better we are at consolidating information we take in, the better we recall the information when we are awake.
Reduced risk of having an accident

Insufficient sleep affects reaction time.  The
National Safety Administration reports that being sleep deprived causes more single car fatal accidents than drinking and driving.  

Helps fight depression

Poor sleep feeds fatigue.  Fatigue leads to less physical activity.  Being less active contributes to a poor sense of self, which often feeds depression.

Helps keep your heart healthy

Getting enough of the right kind of sleep reduces the amount of inflammation in your body and helps in the fight against cholesterol.  Both inflammation and high cholesterol are linked to heart disease and strokes. 


Reduces the risk of diabetes

Getting enough sleep improves the way our bodies process glucose.  Studies have shown that lack of sleep may lead to Type 2 Diabetes.  

Tips for Getting Some Good Shut-eye

Slow down on the caffeine, nicotine and alcohol

Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants and stimulants interfere with the ability to fall asleep, and progress into deep sleep.
 
Alcohol can cause interrupted sleep, not allowing for quality sleep.

Try to wake up at the same time 7 days a week

Waking up at the same time every morning helps to set your internal clock and eventually helps re-calibrate your sleep/wake cycle.

Use your bed for sleep and pleasure only

When your brain associates the bed with things other than sleep and pleasure, it makes falling asleep much more difficult.  If you want to finish up a work task, watch television, or play a game on the computer, do it somewhere other than your bed

Create a Bedtime Routine

Our brain responds to patterns.  When we develop routines, our brain can anticipate what comes next and prepare for it.  We can
 create relaxing rituals that encourage our brains to start getting sleepy.



Getting healthy sleep can improve our quality of life and our relationships with our family and friends.
 
At Access Wellness Group, we know how important sleep is to you.  We can help you make good sleep habits a reality. 

Treatment options include:  
Individual therapy, classes on improving sleep, and, when necessary, medication management.