FOR POOR SLEEP
sleeping pattern may take one of several forms. You may lie awake
for hours every night feeling miserable and anxious because you
can’t get to sleep. Then finally you sleep for a few hours.
Or you may fall asleep immediately after you go to bed, but awaken
in the middle of the night and stay awake until it’s time
for you to get up. Or you may sleep off and on for only a few minutes
at a time. In each case you arise in the morning feeling exhausted
because the amount or quality of sleep you had was inadequate. You
feel the need for a more complete rest…rest that will make
it possible for you to spend your waking hours productively without
your sleeping pattern may be, it has a particular cause. The following
are deterrents to a good night’s sleep:
don’t sleep because conditions that require medical attention
or professional counseling have not been cleared up. These
include alcohol or chemical dependency, chronic depression, chronic
twitching or aching of your legs when you are in bed, and snoring
accompanied by the need to gasp for air (Sleep Apnea).
don’t sleep at night because you consume too many stimulants
(coffee, black tea, soft drinks with caffeine)during the day.
You can’t expect to include caffeine in large amounts in your
daily diet and then slip into a state of total relaxation at night.
don’t sleep at night because you take a nap during the day.
This throws off your sleeping/waking pattern and your body will
not readily adjust to sleeping throughout the night.
don’t sleep at night because you participate in stimulating
physical or mental activity just prior to going to bed. You
can’t run a couple of miles, work out, have a highly-charged
charged conversation, or engage in a demanding mental exercise,
and then plop into bed and easily doze off.
don’t sleep at night because you mentally associate your
bed with activity. If your bed is the place where you field
business calls, work on a report, write letters, watch TV, sew,
grade papers, or balance your checkbook, your bed will be viewed
as a center of activity. It should be seen as the center of relaxation.