Wellbeing and Sleep Training Courses
It seems strange that as we have more freedom in our daily routines due to COVID-19 that there’s a current spike in sleeplessness and sleeping problems across the world. We’re finding it more difficult to get to sleep, we wake up more frequently during the night and we find it more difficult to return to sleep if we wake in the night or early in the morning. We are also experiencing much stranger and more vivid dreams. If this isn’t ringing a bell personally, it will be for 77% of your workforce (according to a recent study by SleepStandards). What’s more, Google searches for the term ‘insomnia’ reached an all time high recently.
Essentially it relates to stress and anxiety brought on by the virus. Insomnia, strange dreams, sleeping too much and sleep disturbances are part of our body’s response to trauma and anxiety. We worry more about our children’s education, our jobs, whether we will be able to pay the bills and maintain our lifestyles, catching the virus, the health of loved ones or we may feel isolated and possibly lonely too. This stress results in the release of the hormone cortisol – our fight or flight hormone. We remain on high alert and our mind starts racing just when we’re trying to sleep.
For some the lack of mandated routine is playing havoc. Sleep loves a routine! We may find that we altering our sleep and wake times compared to ‘normal’. We may even be adjusting them on a daily basis. Some people may stay up later to binge on a box set or, if we don’t have a work call, might sleep in later. But in essence we’re disrupting our routines.
The content of our dreams often reflect our emotional state. You may be particularly stressed about one particular thing. There’s a good chance your dream content will mirror that particular worry. Dreams have also been linked to the way we process emotions. It might also be the case that our stress and anxiety mean we sleep less deeply and our brain therefore remains alert enough to remember the content. Lighter sleep will also be a consequence for those who are drinking alcohol close to bedtime, which may be another factor of virus lockdown.
What can I do for my employees?
We can help you and your members of staff get back on track with sleep and wellbeing through a series of workshops and assessments. Below you can find out more about the offering but we highly recommend you give us a call to discuss your goals so we can work out what combination of the courses below will work best for you. You can contact us here or give us a call on 01666 503686.