It’s a busy world we live in today. Thanks to advancements in technology, we seem to be always connected. Add that to the stress of dealing with a demanding job, worrying about our children or aging parents, or concern over a health condition either for ourselves and a loved one, and there’s no surprise that some of us have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was some tool that could relax our minds and let go of our stress and worries to fall into a peaceful deep sleep? Well there is, and it’s called guided imagery.
What is Guided Imagery for Sleep?
Have you ever “counted sheep” to help you to fall asleep? If so, you were practicing guided imagery without even knowing it. In a nutshell, guided imagery is a relaxation technique where one’s thoughts are purposely redirected through imagination and visualization to achieve a desired goal. While this goal is commonly to help with falling asleep, it’s also used to help adults cope with a serious health condition, such as cancer, manage stress, depression, pain, and anxiety. It’s also a helpful technique for children, particularly in helping to chase away their fears.
Benefits of Guided Imagery for Sleep
Using guided imagery for sleep disturbances can help both adults and children alike find a soothing, relaxing, and comforting way to drift off to sleep. As a directed form of visualization, guided imagery is based on the thought that the body and mind are connected. By tapping into one’s own imagination, guided imagery can relax oneself into a soothing slumber.
Those big puppy dog eyes are begging for a snuggle. It’s almost impossible to say no to your cozy little dog, all curled up next to you under the covers—almost as hard as it is to say no to your 5-year-old who’s scared in the middle of the night. And very few of us can deny a spouse who has just as much of a right to the master bed as you do. But sleeping companions can dramatically reduce the quality of your sleep in myriad ways. Each time they move, you’re disturbed. Every snuffle or snore, chortle or blanket snatch interrupts your precious sleep. If you happen to be a light sleeper or suffer from any form of insomnia, those disruptions can rob you of hours of sleep every night as you lay there staring at the ceiling, worrying about bills or work. Long-term, that can have serious implications for your health. So what do you do? How do you reclaim your bedroom sanctuary? Here are some ideas.
Insomnia is one of the most common ailments in adults. A full ten percent of the population suffers from it. Despite all of the sleeping pills on the market, that number isn’t going down. We live in an anxiety-driven, caffeine-fueled culture, and that’s just the beginning. Considering the economic situation in the United States over the past few years, people have a lot to worry about, and worrying and sleep don’t mix. For many of us, bedtime is the only time of day we really stop and think. It’s the first quiet moment we’ve had since we woke up, and our brains take full advantage. But at what price? The science is definitive: poor sleep means poor health and when you’re tired you aren’t at your best. Your job performance suffers, your relationships suffer, and your health slowly deteriorates. What’s really going on here?
When it comes to the research being conducted on autism, it seems that everyday reveals something new. Some experts say, sleeping with stuffed animals can be comforting for children with behavioral issues. There seems to be new techniques and preventive measures that parents can take to help their autistic child. One of the newest crazes are weighted blankets. These heavy blankets provide a calming sensation to children with behavioral issues such as autism, specifically Asperger syndrome. Sleeping on a natural bedding such as botanical latex and using a weighted blanket will ensure your child with autism gets the best night of sleep. There are many different types of weighted blankets out there, let’s try to find the best ones and why they will work for your kids.
It’s the day every little girl dreams about: your wedding day. You’ve found the most perfect decorations and have every bride’s dream accessories and jewelry, the guest list is ready, the band is booked, but there’s one problem…you can’t seem to fall asleep on your botanical mattress. If there’s one thing every bride (and groom for that matter!) needs, it’s their beauty sleep. How can you be expected to tackle, remember and enjoy the biggest day of your life without the proper sleep? While of course you’ll be nervous, it’s only natural to have trouble sleeping – Prince William reportedly only got 30 minutes of sleep before his big day. But there are ways to help you get some shut eye, despite the biggest day of your life waiting for you just around the corner!
It seems that in this day and age, there are more and more difficulties plaguing our children. Between the rise in childhood obesity and the increased number of children diagnosed with ADHD each year, it can be difficult to bring a child up healthy. Many marketing campaigns are being done to make the public more aware of these childhood problems and ADHD is a main area of concern.
There have been many issues for children with behavioral problems when it comes to falling asleep at night. Let’s first discuss the problems children with ADHD can face with sleeping and then we can talk about some solutions to have them falling asleep peacefully on their latex mattress tonight.
Do you ever have those nights where you just can’t fall asleep? There are many easy ways to sleep better at night, some of which we’ll talk about below. A unique way to sleep better tonight can be as simple as watching a funny movie or TV show before bed. Studies show that watching a funny movie before bed can actually help you fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. So the next time you lay down on your talalay mattress for the night, pop in a comedy to have sweet dreams.
This Halloween, after your kids come down from their sugar high, they’re bound to here plenty of ghost stories on Halloween night. When they finally settle in for the night, they’ll be guaranteed to find monsters under the bed, which can be hard to explain, and cause you to lose sleep as well as them. This Halloween, let’s find a way to eliminate the monsters in question for once and for all so that you and them can sleep soundly on your foam latex mattresses tonight.
It’s almost that time of year again, spring ahead, fall behind. Before you hit your foam latex mattress on next Saturday night don’t forget to change your clocks an hour behind. Daylight savings officially commences on Sunday November 4th. For such a big part of our lives, few people actually know much about daylight savings time. Daylight savings can even have an affect on your sleep and therefore can affect your performance during the day. Let’s go over some interesting facts provided by the U.S. News and Health about daylight savings that may very well take you by surprise.
With the strangest hurricane / blizzard / storm, dubbed “Frankenstorm” taking the east coast by surprise this Halloween, it’s only fitting to discuss how to sleep through a big storm. While rain alone can be a soothing way to get to sleep at night on your latex foam mattress, usually thunder, lightning and everything frightening can be quite a disturbance. These tips can be helpful not only for you, but for your little ones who may be even more afraid of a little weather disturbance than you.