If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be experiencing problems with your sleep. Everyone at one time or another has problems with their sleep. It is very common. However, where sleep problems have been going on for a while, the issue should be brought to a health professional – GP and/or counselor. Why? Because your sleep issue is associated with your emotional state, with any issue you are currently facing. Sleep problems affect your productivity and creativity at work, they also affect your mood, your behavior, your patience and your relationship with others. You can of course follow the guidelines I am going to mention, but I can’t guarantee that you’ll be successful. Those guidelines are certainly helpful. They aim at getting you in a more relaxed state of mind before you go to bed but they don’t solve the triggers.
Basically, sleep problems can be categorized into three types:
Problems getting to sleep – lying awake, not being able to fall asleep, feeling anxious about not being able to fall asleep, not being able to calm your mind, not being able to stop the flow of thoughts, fear of sleeping
Problems staying asleep – waking up very early in the morning even during the weekends or on holidays
Poor quality sleep – having the feeling that you did not get enough sleep, having the feeling that you got enough sleep but not feeling energized and revigorated by the sleep you get, oversleeping but still not feeling refreshed and energized
My first and important advice to you: don’t compare yourself with others. We are all different. Depending on your age, state of health and activity level, you need a specific amount of sleep. Some people can be happy with 5 to 6 hours of sleep whereas others needs at least 8 hours to feel at their best. The average amount of sleep recommended is indeed 8 hours, but, again, your situation is unique so don’t focus too much on this number. The risk by doing so is to put additional pressure on yourself and you really don’t need this!
Most of the time, sleep issues have their origins in the following:
Life events, anxious thoughts and beliefs, unhealthy diet, physical pain, change of sleep pattern can’t be discussed in this article as they reflect your very personal situation. What I can do is challenge your sleeping habits and explain you what may keep a sleep problem going.
Challenge your sleeping habits:
What may keep a sleep problem going? Here is a short extract of what can maintain a sleep problem:
I can hardly mention all reasons as you may well imagine. Begin with challenging your sleeping habits and try and correct them. Watch your thoughts as they will decide whether you will get the sleep you need or not. You can of course try medication but I have never seen someone succeeding with medication. There is a risk of becoming addicted and medication can have negative consequences on your health. If your sleep issue is the consequence of an emotional trigger, medication won’t provide any solution.
What do we do in coaching sessions for sleep issues? Sleep issues can belong to the many issues we tackle in Executive Coaching.
I also recommend you the following website: https://www.tuck.com/creatvity-and-sleep/ which is full of useful information as far as sleep is concerned.