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Sleep Quest: Why Sleep Became Our Objective?

Author: Gud Sleepz Team
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Sleep Quest: Why Sleep Became Our Objective?

Sleep Quest: Why Sleep Became Our Objective?

The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you discover the reason why” - Mark Twain


Most often it becomes difficult for people to figure out something that is intangible. We want to feel things and see things so we can judge them and have control over them. But often some aspects of our body and mind requires a quest to identify the actual problem and to solve them. One of them is, ‘Sleep’. When we decided to help people and create something that would make a difference, we thought of the intangible things such as the working of our mind. The mind which seems to control millions of things, tends to also bring the strongest man to his knees. 

 

So, we thought let’s reach out to people to understand ‘the need of the century’ while also giving out something that is not freely available to people at the current moment. 

 

You wonder, if we would have chosen to talk about ‘mental health’ too. No, we chose something which is basic yet significantly undermined that is ‘Sleep’. The prevalence of sleep disturbances is over 30%. Yet, the reason sleep is undermined could be explained due to the prevalence of ‘hustle culture’ emphasising on sacrificing sleep or the existing stressors due to the socio-economic changes such as high unemployment rate or family dysfunctions etc., Hence, not sleeping is considered to be fairly ‘common’. 

But does that mean, we can just move on with our lives just because it is considered to be ‘common’. No, millions of people all over the world suffer significantly due to the lack of sleep and it is considered to be the single most killer. 


We thought, if we could help people get a better sleep based on scientific understanding and culture fair application. We can actually make people be open to talk about sleep and in turn get help when they notice any changes in their everyday life. 

We are here to educate people on sleep, not give you prescription advice but individualised personal coaching that would help you know where things could have gone wrong. This way you can have control over your sleep and make changes in your life ahead. 


Overthinking Sleep: The Downside of Information Overload


We cling nervously to the melody, but we don’t handle it freely, we don’t make anything new out of it, we merely overload it” - Johannes Brahms

Being in this digital world, we have all the information possible at our fingertips. Yet, does that always help us in achieving our goals. You may have anxiously googled your sleep issues at night scrolling and reading if there is a fit-all solution which may help you sleep. You may try to get that bedding that claims to help you sleep or had that drink that was suggested in Youtube. But is information in itself, a partial solution? 

Information overload is a common phenomenon when you are overwhelmed by the amount of information presented at the moment. This happens, when there are also too much information or too many conflicting information. We are unable to find an appropriate answer. The result, ‘Anxiety’, ‘Worry’ and ‘Overthinking’. 


Like you have less control over your thoughts and the worry, you also have less control over sleep because sleep requires a ‘brain turn off switch’ to be able to let go and fall asleep. This is why we are here to understand the working of our mind to be able to navigate through the working of our sleep.

There are few insights we would like to present here to discern whenever you are having information overload related to sleep. 

 

  • Consider your Individuality 

  • Your sleep chronotype is unique to your personality attributes, experiences, habits, lifestyle and situational factors. When you read information such as, ‘sleeping 8 to 9 hours’ or ‘Sleeping in an undisturbing environment’ or ‘having an ideal room temperature’ etc. Consider your environmental differences and it does not have to always be ideal. May be you have a new born baby to take care of or an ailing elder in the family. You cannot change your circumstances but you can change your perspective to it and work around it. 

    You take in information that is workable and leave the rest. Does that mean, you don’t have to sleep 8 hours or in an undisturbed environment? That is not the point. The point is to, not force something and telling yourself, if not A, no B. This create a belief in your mind that you need to have these to sleep. So you would start to tune into that. 


    Tip 1: Take what is ideal for you based on your environment and lifestyle

     

  • Always try out before accepting it
  • You go to a clothing store, don’t you try clothes before buying them. In the same way, it’s important to consider it as an experiment when you take new habits to improve your sleep. If it didn’t work out, the fault is not in you, it’s just not for you. Like the clothes are not your size. Do not take the self-blame. Consider it as ‘wrong size’. 


    Tip 2: Do not get discouraged when things doesn’t work out

     

  • Think Less about Sleeping
  • You need to refine your relationship with sleep as you move along your sleep journey. I understand that sleep is currently the only objective that might be in your mind and you are searching every method to be able to shut your eyes even for a moment. But your mind doesn’t work well under pressure. Imagine someone has decided to diet, you forcefully tell yourself not to eat junk food especially your favourite snack. The more you tell yourself not to think about the snack, you are already thinking about not thinking. So, ‘brain turn off switch’ becomes resistant to turn off. Now, thinking less is in itself a pressure, isn’t it? Let’s just say, try to be accepting of anything and do not judge. For eg. You slept, 3 hours today, tell yourself what went right and how you can improve 1%. And be accepting of it. 


    Tip 3: Engage in relaxing activities and be mindful of your thoughts. Do not force sleep. 

     

    So, I hope these insights might come handy when you go online and gather information. I also hope this would re-wire the way you perceive sleep. We would love to hear your thoughts and do ask your questions in the comments. We would also post more contents that would help you to know about you and your sleep better. For more information follow us on our instagram page for more tips and useful insights.


    Please Book a Session with sleep coach to know more about your sleep.


    Tags: mindful , sleep

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