March 29th, 2018
Lying awake in the night can really start to make you feel upset and unwell. Sleep is essential to our well-being and gives your mind and body the chance to restore and recover. Sleeplessness is one of most common reasons why people visit their GP. Sleep is not optional, it is something you have to do. Feeling sleepless - or not allowing yourself adequate time to sleep - can quite quickly have a detrimental impact on your mental and physical well-being.
There is no general consensus for how much sleep a person needs. It is really person specific. Your life-style, age and how you think about sleep are influential in the quality and amount of time you spend asleep. Worrying about the causes and quality of your sleep can impact on your behaviour and routines during the day. It is important to understand your usual patterns and be aware of changes to your routine and things that influence your sleep cycle.
There are things we do during the day or evening that can certainly influence the quality of our sleep. Nicotine, caffeine and alcohol as well as other stimulants are the enemies of a good sleep pattern. Other things like napping, breaking routine, using technology near to sleep time are also important to consider. Things that are known to encourage a good sleep pattern include routine, exercise and having a good diet. Not napping during the day, trying to exercise 3 hours before bed and getting some time outside during the day can really help. Keeping your bedroom uncluttered, blackout blinds, and the creation of a calm environment can also help.
Sleep meditation music or body scan meditations can provide a useful wind down to your day. It is worth looking at a few to find the right fit for your needs.
It may also be useful to think about, or talk to a counsellor about, the source of your sleeplessness. This combined with some changes to your sleep routine can make a real difference.
Counsellor / Psychotherapist
at Counselling Development
Emma Chamberlain is a respected and highly-qualified Counsellor / Psychotherapist based in Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes. Emma is experienced with successfully working with clients experiencing a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, panic attacks, emotional distress, low self-esteem, relationship problems, work-related problems, grief, bereavement and loss, fear, anger, trauma, self-harm, sexual abuse, domestic abuse, bullying, suicidal thoughts and those struggling with life’s transitional times.
Emma has a strong academic background including a BA (Hons) in Psychology and an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy. Emma worked extensively as a Counsellor for MIND – the UK’s leading mental health charity. Emma is an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and works to their ethical framework.
Emma works from a humanistic relational perspective following the Clarkson 5 Relationship Model. This offers a flexible relationship based approach to counselling / psychotherapy and can include CBT/ DBT and a range of other approaches. Emma’s current research interests include exploring how counsellors and clients work together when the client has Asperger Syndrome and she is experienced in working with adults on the Autistic Spectrum.
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