Goal setting plays an important role in moving ourselves forward in life. At the beginning of a New Year, many people choose to make New Year’s resolutions with the intent to improve some part of their life. I have made many over the years, many of which I had given up by the third week of January. Also, there have been years in which I have sworn off the resolutions to avoid the feelings of lack of discipline and failure.
This year, after taking the first three weeks of January to consider what I wanted to create in my life, I narrowed down a list of several areas of my life that could use some help. Consistently, they all lead back to one simple basic habit. This simple, but often elusive, habit is crucial for developing and maintaining a healthy mind, body, and spirit. It’s the basic practice of getting adequate sleep. Seven to eight hours of sleep a night for an adult is considered to be healthy sleep.
Sleep affects the mind, body and spirit in numerous ways. Most everyone has short-lived bouts of insomnia, which is generally nothing to be concerned about. The bigger concern is chronic sleep loss which include sleeping issues several nights a week or less than six hours of sleep on a consistent basis. Chronic sleep loss can contribute to health problems in areas such as learning and memory, metabolism and weight, anxiety and depression, blood pressure and hormone levels, and the immune system.
Sleep allows the body to do a lot of repair work both restoratively in the body through muscle growth, tissue repair, and growth hormone as well as cognitively in the brain with neural plasticity. Sleep is a key to keeping your body and mind fit and healthy.
If you have difficulty sleeping, neurofeedback training may help you. Recently, I worked with a client who had sleep problems for over five years. After trying many sleep solutions including several prescription sleep medications and not having results, the client gave neurofeedback a try. Now, he is sleeping through the night for at least eight hours on a consistent basis.
Getting adequate sleep can have life changing effect for health and well being. Contact Pamela Key at Counseling Associates for Well-Being at (706) 425-8900 or Pamela@ca4wellbeing.com for information on how neurofeedback training can help you.