Here are 3 ways to tell:
The definition of insomnia is difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next morning.
This is a common problem affecting around one in every three people in the UK – that is almost 22 million people in the UK alone. A staggering amount, especially since there are so many effective ways to improve sleep and wake up refreshed in the morning.
A lot of people who suffer from insomnia just don’t realize that there is something they can do about it. In today’s culture, being tired is almost something to brag about because that must mean that you work really hard – am I right so far?
Skipping sleep to build your career or make the best of the time you have is a common thing I hear. Sometimes I even hear, with total conviction that ‘we sleep when we are dead’!
It’s frustrating to hear, as I feel so strongly that when we sleep better we live better. You can achieve so much more in the day when you are energized.
Let’s cut to the chase. Here are three ways to tell if you are an insomniac…
1. You wake up in the morning and feel tired already
Have you ever woken up already tired?
It’s such a disappointing feeling.
This is one of the primary signs of a lack of quality sleep. Most of the time you wake up just a bit tired, but some days you literally have to drag yourself out of bed. Every morning your level of tiredness is a little bit different.
But at the end of the day, this is a sign that you haven’t had enough quality sleep. Being tired then carries on during the day and you are just not performing to the highest of your potential.
2. You find it difficult to fall asleep in the evenings
Do you feel so tired that you are wired?
I’m talking about being too tired to sleep, like a waking coma. All you can do in the evening is stare at the TV.
This is the most common issue that I come across; the inability to truly prepare for sleep and switch off from the day. It’s like being ‘on standby’ rather than unplugging. This can happen for various reasons, and I usually explain these during my talks.
I love talking about this because almost everyone in the audience can relate to this. In a nutshell, all 7 different areas of our life impacts on our quality of our sleep. From what we eat, to our mindset and how productive we are during the day. But it doesn’t have to be a complicated maze to figure out.
3. You feel irritable and unfocussed
Of course when you are not sleeping well enough at night, your mood will be affected. But often this is not quite obvious to us, because we convince ourselves that we are doing okay, and so we keep going.
But being irritable is one of the more obvious signs of sleep deprivation. Your ability to focus and concentrate, or even make decisions effectively is hugely affected. This is often not obvious to the person until everything gets just too overwhelming to deal with.
These are only the top few signs of being an insomniac. This may come and go without causing serious issues or impacting your life much. But other times, these periods of your life can last for months or even years at a time.
Sleep deprivation doesn’t have to rule your life and make you less affective in achieving your goals. There are many ways to improve your sleep, and to maximize the hours of sleep you already get. Sleeping consistently well at night is not rocket science, but it is a skill that you can develop by understanding what works for you as a very unique person.
Did you identify with any of the points above?
If you have a question then feel free to leave me a comment. I’m here to help!