Updated: Feb 14
Sleep is a subject that is near and dear to my heart because I’ve had bouts of insomnia my whole life. I remember at 7 years old being awake all night watching Nick At Nite, and when The Dick Van Dyke Show came on it meant it was 4am and I still hadn't slept.
Like the other 70 million people in the country that struggle with sleep these days, for me my issues with sleep usually stem from a combination of too much on my mind and a dysregulated nervous system.
There are dozens (maybe even hundreds of) reasons that you might also have trouble with falling asleep, staying asleep, and feeling rested when waking up in the morning.
It was no surprise to me that once becoming a parent, consistent sleep just wasn’t going to happen. It started with pregnancy; I swore my body was preparing me for newborn life by keeping me up all night!
It was actually around this time in my life that I tried reiki again as an intervention because stress was really affecting my sleep. More on this subject in upcoming articles!
Years back when I was working as a Clinical Health Coach in corporate wellness I was presented with opportunities to research this topic in depth, and design/implement programs around holistic approaches to address fatigue and to improve sleep.
Let me tell you something, I’m leaning HARD on these tools right now! As I write this, I have a teething 7 ½ year-old and a 4 ½ year-old, and our entire household is feeling the onset of cold/flu season. Basically, no one here is sleeping.
Knowing how many others are right there along with me, I’ve put together a mini training for you through these next few blog articles, and a sleep “challenge” to come to help you make some important shifts for your own sleep!
In true Professor Knapp fashion, let’s begin here with some basics before we dive into the tools...
Sleep and other symptoms (think anxiety, obesity, hormone imbalances, etc.) are often so interrelated that we don’t know what came first, the chicken or the egg. Given that, we need to look at sleep issues in a holistic way.