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Wide awake in the middle of the night

28 Apr

It’s quiet and wonderfully warm and cosy under the duvet and yet here you are, wide awake and unable to get back to sleep. Get up and find something easy to do, nothing too strenuous, like sorting the washing, listening to soft music, flicking through the newspaper. And when you feel tired again, go back to bed and try to get back to sleep. And if that doesn’t work, get back up again and busy yourself…

And on that subject, don’t worry if you can’t sleep through. Many people believe that that they should sleep straight through undisturbed until the alarm goes off. That’s a myth that can sometimes even lead to sleep disorders because if you allow yourself to become stressed by the fact that you sometimes wake up during the night, you could eventually find it impossible to get to sleep at all.

Turning over problems in your sleep

20 Oct

When we are only sleeping lightly, we are often mulling over things that are bothering us. We perceive these thoughts as waking thoughts. We realise that we are thinking about something and deduce that we must therefore be awake. We erroneously believe that we only pursue our thoughts when we are awake.

We spend around 50% of our total sleeping time in light sleep phases. If you are over 50 years of age, the proportion of light sleep is even higher. You shouldn’t be surprised if you have the impression that you have spent half the night awake if you have been considering various problems during your light sleep phases. But it’s a fact that you have been asleep. You actually sleep more than you subjectively perceive to be the case. Good news really, isn’t it?