Sleep on it … tips for insomniac workers – live chat | Live Q&A
Drooping eyelids, heavy limbs and a tangled brain: there is nothing more exhausting than having to work on a hectic night. Still, many of us struggle to get a good night’s sleep: one in three people are regularly affected by insomnia.
Sleep also influences your career. According to research, having more eyes closed can lead to a higher salary, with only an extra hour of sleep increases your salary by 4.9%. Another to study have found that sleeping six hours or less per night produces “performance deficits” – which impact your ability to perform cognitive tasks.
So, if sound sleep is the best for your career, what’s the best way to get more rest? Professor Richard Wiseman, author of Night School: Wake up to the power of sleep, advises distracting your mind before going to bed.
“Research suggests you’ll fall asleep quickly if you strain your mind. Try to count down from 100 to threes. Or, if you’re not good with numbers, think of a category, then find an example of that category for each letter of the alphabet, ”he says. Regular exercise, mindfulness meditation and turning off electronic devices before bed have also been shown to help.
So if you often have trouble falling asleep and are looking for more tips on getting a good night’s sleep, join us on Wednesday July 26 from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. BST for a live chat with our panel of experts. We will discuss :
- Tips to help you fall asleep.
- Ways to beat insomnia or interrupted sleep.
- How sleep affects your work.
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Dr Guy Meadows is the founder of The school of sleep, an organization dedicated to the non-drug treatment of chronic insomnia. He pioneered the use of acceptance and engagement therapy and mindfulness treatment for insomnia and runs workshops and clinics in central London.
Sammy Margo is a physiotherapist, sleep specialist and author of The guide to good sleep. Margo specializes in sleep techniques and is a spokesperson for the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy as a sleep expert, appearing regularly on radio and television.
Christine hansen is a holistic health practitioner with an emphasis on sleep and fertility. As a certified sleep coach, she combines emotional, lifestyle and biochemical stress management in her programs. His expertise has been cited in numerous international publications, such as Reader’s Digest, Huffington Post and others. She is also a bestselling author and host of the Sleep Like A Boss podcast.
Maryanne taylor is founder and sleep consultant at Sleep works. Taylor works with adults, children and families to beat insomnia. She writes extensively on sleep, contributes to sleep radio shows, and appeared on a Channel 4 show as a sleep consultant.
Dr Paul Miller is a senior psychiatrist specializing in general adult and old age psychiatry. Miller has over 20 years of experience in the treatment of sleep disorders and mental health; having worked in both the NHS and the private sector.
Annie crabtree is the main responsible for information at Disturbs, the charity for mental health. She has written and researched a wide range of information on mental health and is currently developing new information for Mind on Anxiety. Mind has also recently developed new guidelines for managing sleep problems.
Dr Alanna Hare is a sleep and ventilation consultant at Royal Brompton Hospital, in charge of clinics specializing in sleep disorders and home ventilation.