Never heard of a Sleep Coach before? Most people have not either. A Sleep Coach is a medically qualified professional who can guide you to get a good night’s sleep. When I first heard about this service, I was amused. Why would anyone need a person to help them get a good night’s sleep? Apparently 33% of adults in India have insomnia and a majority of people are sleep deprived.
Sleep deprivation could mean either sleeping lesser number of hours than recommended or having trouble with quality of sleep. According to sleep expert, neuroscientist and author, Prof. Mathew Walker, ‘Sleep is the foundation of good health’. Not getting a good sleep consistently impacts productivity and physical well-being.
Here are the top 10 signs you need to consult a Sleep Coach today
You feel sleepy during the day
That’s a good first sign you are not getting enough sleep, especially if you are feeling sleepy between 9 am to 11 am.
You don’t feel well rested even after 8 hours of sleep
This happens when you don’t get enough REM phase of the sleep. Wondering what phases of sleep are? Here’s more.
You feel tired during the day
A good night’s sleep should help you recover fully and recharged for the next day. If this persists for a few days, you may not be getting enough of the ‘deep sleep’ phase of the sleep which is responsible for recovery and immunity.
You are not able to focus at work
A good quality sleep will allow the brain to restore all memory back to neurons for permanent storage. By not getting enough sleep, the brain is deprived of the necessity to refresh.
You generally feel anxious
The REM phase of the sleep also governs emotions and mental detoxification. When you are not getting enough sleep, there’s not enough opportunity to clean the gutters in the brain.
You are slowly gaining weight
A good night’s sleep ensures the right amount of hormones that regulate hunger and the feeling of having a full stomach. Lack of sleep creates an imbalance as a result of which people eat more when they are losing sleep every day.
You take more than half an hour to fall asleep
Ideally, we need to transcend to sleep within 8 to 20 minutes of getting to bed. If we are taking longer, we may not be following good sleep hygiene.
You wake up several times in the middle of the night
This could be due to drinking water just before going to bed or due to nightmares. This will affect your energy levels the next day and should be avoided.
You are using your mobile devices or watching TV on the bed
Devices emit blue light which sends a message to the brain saying it’s still day time and delays the release of melatonin. Melatonin is the chemical that is released to onset sleep time in the brain. By watching devices late into the night, the brain is getting signals it’s still day time and hence may delay the release of melatonin.
You go to bed at irregular times
In this pandemic, several of us are working from home. This has created an imbalance in start and end times. We tend to work for longer hours and may be having irregular bedtimes. Consistency is key for the body to release chemicals and hormones at the right time.
REM42 is a Sleep Coaching company that offers comprehensive sleep solutions using technology and access to the best sleep experts for anyone looking to use the magic of Sleep for wellbeing and achieving more with their health.