Whilst it’s good form to start a piece of writing with an appropriate introduction, I’m keen to get in quickly with an assurance that this piece will not contain veiled criticism of the nation’s poor ‘sleep hygiene’; we mostly know about the downsides of blue light from our devices late at night .. and for that matter, being up late at night when going to bed would work better. We even know about the effects of caffeine and alcohol, and we likely have an idea about the ideal temperature of a bedroom. Whether or not we take all of this on board, sleep, sometimes continues to elude us and it’s affecting huge numbers of us, so what might be behind it?
It’s our assertion that the epidemic of impoverished sleep has much to do with modern life; that multiple aspects of the way we live (some of them completely out of our control) impact our homeostasis, or in other words, take us out of our natural balance and for some of us, one of the most noticeable casualties is our ability to sleep. If sleep challenges are indicative of an imbalance, then I too must confess to being ‘unbalanced’, and my sleep story over the last couple of decades resembles a roller coaster with some very pronounced dips.
I’ve ‘resolved’ insomnia before, only to discover that when it recurred more recently, the previous solution wasn’t what was needed now, at least not for falling back to sleep. Sleep deprivation makes optimism and ambition more than a little challenging and yet I have flashes of both as I work at uncovering the root cause(s) of my sleep problem. I cannot deny that I’m extremely fortunate not to be doing this alone; Graham is interested and tireless in his efforts to help and there are signs of progress. It seems I may ultimately be grateful that this experience has highlighted something I needed to address.
The Power of Nature for Sleeping Better Class then, is less about the well-known remedies (although they will get a mention), and more about the areas to look to do the detective work for bringing the body back into balance and maybe even turning the trial of insomnia into a ‘gift’, at least with the benefit of hindsight.
- Graham and I will provide information about food and supplements, including relevant research linked to sleep. Graham is both qualified and well-versed in answering questions about food and supplements for sleep-related matters.
- We will also highlight the relevance of stress-reduction for improving sleep, or coping better with not sleeping; my experience of teaching meditation plus the direct experience of applying it to my own circumstances may prove to be relevant to others.
- Essential oils have multiple benefits in respect of sleep whether to induce a relaxed state to make sleep more likely, to lend support in re-balancing the body, or as a means to replace the more toxic substances that impact us on a daily basis with something that works much better with our physiology. We are very pleased to be handing over to April Birch for this part of the class. Her commitment to essential oils comes not just from working with them, but most importantly from using them for herself and with those she loves.
The class details are here. Please do get in touch if this of interest to you.
~ Annette Henry