We all know that lack of sleep can have a big influence on your mood. Everyone has experienced how grumpy and irritable you can feel after just one bad night’s sleep. Insomnia can actually have a greater impact on your general health then you may realise.

Getting the right amount of sleep has the following benefits;

1) Helps you to stay slim
There was a study in 2004 that found people with less than 6 hours sleep a night were 30% more likely to become obese.
Other studies have suggested that sleep deprivation has an impact on the function of the thyroid.

2) Makes you smarter and reduces likelihood of accidents
Lack of sleep impairs how alert you are, this influences your concentration, reasoning, and problem-solving skills. This is not only important to be aware of in the workplace, but also to cope in everyday life.

3) Boosts your immunity
If you don’t get enough sleep then you may find it harder to fight of bugs and other illnesses. Prolonged lack of sleep disrupts your immune system, which makes you more susceptible to these types of illnesses.

4) Prevents Diabetes
People that miss out of deep sleep are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.

5) Improves your mental wellbeing
A study in 2007 of 10,000 people showed that people with insomnia were 5 times more likely to develop depression.
Lack of sleep can lead to the feeling that you are unable to cope and can get easily overwhelmed. Studies link sleep deprivation and chronic insomnia to anxiety.

6) Prevents heart disease
Getting enough sleep lowers your blood pressure and lowers the chemicals in your blood that can cause inflammation.

7) Increases Sex Drive
Research has shown that men and women who do not get enough sleep have lower libidos and less interest in sex than people who do.
It is also shown that men who suffer from sleep apnoea – where difficulties with breathing leads them to have interrupted sleep – tend to have lower testosterone levels.

8) Increases Fertility
Hormonal imbalances and increased infertility can be caused be regular sleep disruptions. This is because it can reduce the secretion of reproductive hormones in both men and women.

There are many ways that you can improve your chances of getting a good night’s sleep. It is important to relax before you go to sleep, considering mediation and or other techniques to calm yourself before you go to bed.

Cutting down on electronics is another way to help you get more sleep. Electronic devices emit more blue light than natural light and this blue light interferes with your natural body clock. It is suggested that you shouldn’t be looking at devices 2/3 hours before you go to bed. It is a habit if we can’t sleep to turn the television on but that might not help you to get back to bed, consider reading a book instead.

Research has confirmed that lavender produces calming, soothing and sedating effects when the scent in inhaled. Therefore, lavender sprays or lavender candles can be an effective tool in helping you get a good night’s sleep.

Homeopathy can be really helpful in helping you when you aren’t getting enough sleep. There are many different reasons why you might not be sleeping, and homeopathy gives different remedies depending on your individual situation so it can personally cater to you. Some examples of homeopathy remedies and what they are prescribed for are;

Aconite – This is given to a person that panics when they try to go to bed
Arsenicum Album – This is given when you become so anxious and restless that you cannot fall asleep.
Coffea – Given to people who can’t sleep because they over-analyse and over-think. Sometimes these people just have problems falling into a deep sleep.
Ignatia – This is given when someone is so over-tired that they can’t sleep or if they are suffering with jetjag.

Make sure you always consult a qualified homeopath if you are having trouble sleeping and want some help. Contact me for free no-obligation 15 minute consultation to see how we can work together.