Sleep is essential to every process in the body, affecting our physical and mental functioning the next day, our ability to fight disease and develop immunity, and our metabolism and chronic disease risk.
For most adults, at least seven hours of sleep7 each night is needed for proper cognitive and behavioral functions. An insufficient amount of sleep can lead to severe repercussions. Some studies have shown that sleep deprivation leaves people vulnerable to attention lapses, reduced cognition, delayed reactions, and mood shifts.
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who struggle with insomnia, you may find your mind filled with changing thoughts every 2 seconds and your body tossing and turning when all you want is to be asleep.
With the right approach, you can reliably fall asleep within minutes. One of the keys to smoothly falling asleep is relaxation. Research shows that the relaxation response is a physiological process that positively affects the mind and body. By reducing stress and anxiety, the relaxation response can enable you to drift off to sleep peacefully.
This is one of the exercises you can do to become aware of your ability to construct your sleep and to feel relaxed to fall asleep calmly. I will guide you to break down the structures of your sleep to establish the rituals of restful sleep. We will do this by encoding the gestures, the chronology, and the content.
In this episode, I’m using this exercise to show how Sophrology can help you to explore your sleep construct and fall asleep calmly.
Listen to this episode for:
- relieving stress and anxiety before bedtime
- becoming aware of your sleep construct
- feeling relaxed to fall asleep