Yes, another blog on the importance of getting enough sleep and the consensus seems to be that we all need between 7 and 8 hours 15 minutes sleep each night.

Sleep is such an important topic that we wanted to share some findings from recent research, some of which, you may find surprising.

1) We are sleeping about 20% less than we were a century ago and new data shows that there has been a steady decrease in the total number of hours adults and adolescents sleep in the past two decades.

2) Short sleepers have a 50% increased risk of viral infection.

3) Sleeping 5 hours or less a night is associated with 39% increase in heart disease.

4) About 85% of people with depression have insomnia. The two are linked in complex ways, but for some of us, depression could be caused by sleep deprivation.

5) The evidence is mounting for the links between insufficient sleep and weight problems. The American National Sleep Foundation has shown that as the amount of time spent asleep goes down, levels of obesity go up. Again, the relationship is complex, but interestingly, the chemical messages that signal both sleepiness and hunger overlap and apparently women tend to mistake being sleepy for being hungry more than men. Dr Naiman Phd, author of Healing Night said in a recent interview: “It is very difficult to maintain normal weight if you’re not sleeping properly” and in 2005 researchers showed that women who had the healthiest weight to height ratio spent on average 7.7 hrs in bed each night.

If lack of sleep is affecting your health and wellbeing start to wind down an hour or so before you go to bed. You can’t be going like a high-speed train one minute and expect to stop and sleep instantly. So take time to consciously relax.

You have a far better chance of getting to sleep easily if you have taken 30 minutes or so earlier in the day to rest. Dr Naiman reminds us that we are biologically programmed to nap in the afternoon.

If you have chronic insomnia hypnosis can help by retraining your responses to anxious thoughts and obsessive worrying and by helping you to relax into the natural rhythms of your body.

Warm Regards,

Jocelyn and Kristina at Trance-Formed

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