A night of comfortable sleep is the best reward one can get after a tiring day. But we do not realize the importance of sleeping patterns in our lives. We must ensure that we are getting proper sleep at night and we complete our sleep cycle. Sleeping is as important to our body as is eating or exercising. Our body needs rest as much as it needs any other nutrient to develop and a night of proper sleep ensures that we get the right amount of rest.
In trying to understand the complexities of developing a healthy sleep pattern, we interviewed influencer and sleep expert Sleep Well Sleep Specialists.
Their Instagram bio reads that they have over 1500 families sleeping well. They provide for sleeping tips for toddlers and how to deal when the same can hamper the sleeping patterns of adults. They publish regular blogs and tips on how to develop a proper sleeping pattern especially for nighttime
Your Instagram bio is very fascinating. It reads, “We have over 1500 families sleeping well!” That’s an impressive number. What’s the most common problem these families face?
Most of the time it is a lack of nighttime sleep, meaning their child is waking up multiple times a night.
With “Sleep Well Sleep Specialist”, you are helping toddlers and adults to sleep peacefully. This means you must’ve found some patterns and similarities among different age groups as well. What do you think are the common reasons that make it difficult for them to sleep (be it a kid or an adult)?
We work with babies, toddlers, children, and adults. So, we see the whole age span. The biggest issue for anyone with sleep issues is usually the lack of nighttime sleep and/or issues with being able to fall asleep easily. Of course, babies and children are not necessarily complaining about the lack of nighttime sleep, the parents are.
What makes your “Sleep Well Adult Program” distinct from programs of other sleep experts?
Our methods are behaviorally and holistically based. So we are helping adults get back to healthy and natural sleep without supplements or medications. We work closely with them for six weeks, making small changes along the way to sustain long-lasting results.
Work from home, stress, and anxiety are presently ruining our sleeping patterns. What would you suggest to those who are finding it difficult to manage sleep and work from home at the same time?
It is a really hard time in the world for people due to the pandemic and sleep can be vulnerable to disruption. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. If you have to work from here, here are a few tips to help promote or protect your sleep.
1. Do not do any work in your bedroom. Find another space in your home to set up as your workspace and save your bedroom for sleep.
2. Be sure to get outside 2-3 times a day for a short walk or just some fresh air.
3. Try to exercise 20-30 minutes a few days a week.
4. Take short breaks from work throughout the day.
5. Have a clear start and end to your workday. When working from home it can be easy to work longer or not really have a “normal” schedule. That tends to be hard on your mind, making it harder to go to sleep.
6. Be careful of too much news consumption right before bed. Try not to watch or discuss anything stressful an hour before bedtime.
How long does it take you to diagnose sleep problems? How do you get started with helping them – by suggesting them to change their habits or monitoring their sleep pattern or other means? We would love to know 🙂
We have an intake call with possible clients to learn more about their sleep. That call is typically 20-30 minutes long. There is a series of questions that we will ask to determine their sleep issues and how we can help. After that initial call, if we determine we want to work together, there are questionnaires and intake forms we have the client complete so we can create their sleep plan. This sleep plan is geared to improve the quality and duration of their sleep. Then we work with them over a course of six weeks recommending small changes and monitoring their sleep.
Would you like to share one of your toughest experiences while you were helping someone to sleep better? What was that and how did you manage to assist them?
I worked with a gentleman in his mid 40’s who had been on Ambien for over 10 years. He had struggled with sleep issues for as long as he could remember. He wanted to stop taking Ambien but most importantly he just wanted to sleep better. With Ambien, he was lucky if he slept 4, maybe 5 hours a night. So with his doctor’s approval, we slowly weaned him off the Ambien but unfortunately, there were withdrawals throughout the beginning of the wean down that we had to work through to help him feel ok while his body adjusted. We also had to do a lot of work on his entire daytime schedule because he has a very demanding and stressful job that required a lot of mental energy. So I added in some very important and well time self-care and activities during his day. We also had to make some sleep timing adjustments along the way to get to a good sleep schedule that worked for him. It took about 16 weeks to get him to a good place with better sleep. But in the end, he was no longer taking Ambien, falling asleep within about 5-15 minutes most nights and sleeping 7-8 hours at night.
One sleep tip you would like to give our occasionally sleepless readers! 🙂
For adults, sleep is very much about your mindset. And the challenge/irony is the more you worry about your poor sleep, the more poor sleep you will likely get. One of our goals for all our clients is to make it so sleep isn’t something they think about all day. We want our clients to get up, take on the day, and then go to sleep. So a tip I would give if you are struggling with sleep issues, is taking some time to notice how often you think about your sleep. How often do you talk about it, what do you think about it, what do you tell yourself about your sleep. You can even write these thoughts and conversations down. Then after you have noticed how often you are thinking about your sleep, when you are having these thoughts or conversations, change the language both in your head, in the words you speak, and on paper. So instead of thinking or talking about how tired you are, how little you slept, how frustrated you are by your lack of sleep. Take in 3 deep breaths each time and start thinking and saying and writing, I am capable of better sleep, I will be OK, I will sleep well, I can sleep better, I deserve good sleep. And if that doesn’t work, then reach out to us! We would love to help! You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
That was a refreshing pillow talk with a Sleep Well Sleep Specialist. If you are having any trouble in following a proper sleeping pattern then do check out their Instagram page for some amazing tips and blogs. A proper dose of rest and a good sleeping pattern will certainly help an individual in getting that sweet sleep that everyone craves for.
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Written by Abhinav Goel
This post is by Abhinav Goel. A law student, he loves to read, write, and watch movies. He believes that a good book and a movie can be the perfect antidote to all of your worries. You can connect with him on Instagram to know more ways of escapism.