Why a bad night’s sleep is good for you
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by Kathryn Pinkham
7M ago
I’m going to tell you something you’ve probably never heard before. A bad night’s sleep is good for you. Ok, it’s not quite as simple as that, but it comes down to the fact that your body knows what to do. If you have a bad night’s sleep one night, as long as you don’t then take steps to amplify this issue, you’ll have built up a great sleep drive for the following night.   So, what is a ‘sleep drive’? Your sleep drive is essentially your appetite for sleep. Building this appetite will increase your chances of sleeping well, and the best way to do this is to establish ..read more
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Depression and insomnia, the chicken or the egg?
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by Kathryn Pinkham
7M ago
Have you ever found yourself feeling depressed as a result of poor sleep? You’re not alone. Depression and insomnia often go hand in hand. In fact, studies have shown that 83% of depressed patients have at least one insomnia symptom. When you think about it, it’s no surprise that your sleep suffers when you’re feeling low, or that you feel low when your sleep suffers, but which comes first? The truth is, it’s a vicious cycle, and we don’t know for sure which is the key trigger. However, what has been shown is that when depression alone is treated, often the sleep problems remain. This then inc ..read more
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A sleep experts big secret
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by Kathryn Pinkham
8M ago
Can I let you into a little secret? Even sleep experts don’t sleep well all the time. Despite having helped over 3000 people cure their insomnia or improve their sleep and having founded one of the UK’s only specialist insomnia services, I still have a bad night’s sleep every now and again. BUT the important thing is, I know that sleep isn’t always perfect, and that’s what makes sure I don’t fall into the trap of ‘perfect’ ruining ‘good’.  Perfect sleep does not exist. There, I said it! It’s so important to let go of the pressure of perfect, as this is often what’s ruining your sleep in t ..read more
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5 ways to stop anxiety impacting your sleep
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by kathryn pinkham
10M ago
 With a pandemic, financial crisis and concern around the chance of an impending world war to deal with over the past few years, it’s no surprise that many of us are finding ourselves feeling anxious.  With everything that’s happened since 2020, it’s easy to feel consumed by worry; whether it’s social media scrolling or simply watching the evening news, we’re constantly being bombarded with bad news.  What’s more, when we seek out reassurance by constantly checking news sources and social media feeds, we can find ourselves compounding this stress and anxiety, indulging in an unh ..read more
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What You Should Be Doing Instead of Sleep Hygiene to Cure Your Insomnia
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by kathryn pinkham
1y ago
From tips such as giving up caffeine and not going to bed on a full stomach, to investing in a comfortable bed and no blue lights, if you’ve struggled with sleep, you’ve no doubt given sleep hygiene tips a go.  Are you ready for the uncomfortable truth? If you’re truly suffering with insomnia, no silk eye mask, relaxing bubble bath or winddown routine is going to fix the problem.  Yes, if you’re already a good sleeper or have a few unhealthy habits you need to tweak, you might find they help. However, if you’re already living with an established issue with your sleep, it simply won’t ..read more
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Is Insomnia a Symptom of Covid?
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by kathryn pinkham
1y ago
It’s no surprise that when Covid first hit, the stress and anxiety of lockdown alongside an increase in uncertainties and health issues caused many people to experience poor sleep. In fact, it was such a common complaint at the time, one study even showed the number of Brits suffering sleep loss caused by worrying rose from one in six, to one in four. And now, two years on, it seems so many people are still suffering with poor sleep as a result that it’s even been given a name, “coronasomnia.”  But why are so many of us suffering? There’s been a wealth of research conducted into the pheno ..read more
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Case Study – Insomnia Triggered by Lockdown
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by kathryn pinkham
1y ago
When the pandemic first hit and we went into lockdown, many reported struggling with insomnia, triggered by either stress and anxiety due to the unusual situation, or as a result of contracting covid.  In fact, insomnia was such a common complaint during lockdown, research was even conducted into the matter, with one study showing the number of Britons suffering sleep loss caused by worrying rose from one in six, to one in four, as a direct result of the huge disruptions to people’s lives after restrictions began.  Michael found his sleep beginning to deteriorate during May 2020, in ..read more
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How Poor Sleep Kills Your Productivity
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by kathryn pinkham
1y ago
When the pressure is really on at work, there’s loads to get done at home and the kids all have different schedules to adhere to, that’s the time you really need to be on your “A game”. Ironically, it also tends to be the time our sleep can really begin to suffer.  Poor sleep has long been a common symptom of being overstressed and overworked, as unfortunately, during these times where we need our productivity to be at its peak, it’s common to find sleep patterns change or are disturbed.  According to a Harvard Report, a lack of adequate sleep can affect our ability to learn and ..read more
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How to Cope with Pregnancy Insomnia
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by kathryn pinkham
1y ago
Tiredness and fatigue, particularly during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, are common. What’s more, later on in pregnancy, it’s no surprise we feel exhausted, with the physical change to our bodies and extra weight we are carrying every day.  While Instagram may show us that other women are blossoming, glowing and full of energy, this simply isn’t always the case! From hormonal changes to the emotional load of pregnancy, if you’re experiencing insomnia during this special time, the first thing to remember is that we all have different sleep needs and that during pregnancy it’s really com ..read more
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How to Get Your Sleep Back After Lockdown
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by kathryn pinkham
1y ago
With the government’s road out of lockdown nearing its end, and life soon returning to normal, it’s no surprise many of us are feeling anxious about the change, wondering how we’re going to cope with busier social schedules and a more stringent daily routine.  What’s more, a culmination of lockdown habits will have negatively impacted our sleep. While no commute may have been nice for a while, the likelihood is that with no need to set our usual alarm, many of us have been waking later and therefore our sleep cycles will have drifted. Furthermore, many of us have been exercising less and ..read more
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