Do men and women approach sleep differently?

This is quite a fascinating topic. Each and every one of us sleeps a little differently – but I love the topic of gender differences in sleep. I see these differences sometimes when I work with couples. I feel it’s important to say that today’s topic is more of a fun one for me. I’m basing this on what I’ve …

Sleep problems, insomnia and anxiety

Here’s a question to consider… What comes first; anxiety or sleep problems? When I work with clients who experience both anxiety and sleep disturbances, they will often ask me which of these two things to start working on first. It can feel like a ‘chicken or egg’ scenario’, leaving you wondering which came first. And even in the world of …

How to practice good sleep hygiene

In my line of work, I talk a great deal with my clients about sleep hygiene. But you might be wondering how I define that term, ‘sleep hygiene’. Essentially, this is about preparing yourself for a good sleep physically, mentally and emotionally by taking practical steps, and also having a positive attitude about it. The video above is from a …

How to switch off from overthinking at night

This is something that I used to do myself during the peak of my own sleep struggles, so I find it easy to recognise in my clients. So today let’s look at some practical ways for you to calm your active mind before you go to bed, allowing you to sleep better and wake up refreshed in the morning. First, …

How does lack of sleep affect our mental health?

Have you ever noticed your sleep, or lack of sleep, having a direct impact on aspects of your mental health? I was recently asked to speak at The Barbican Library for World Mental Health Day. The thing is, not everybody recognises the impact of poor sleep on their mental health. It can be subtle, or it can be that your …

Does physical exercise really promote better sleep?

At either end of the spectrum, whether you are exercising a lot or not at all, these extremes can have a negative effect on your sleep. So let’s talk about the dynamics involved here, and how to strike that healthy balance that works for your daytimes and your nights. Having a physically healthy body allows you to enjoy good quality …

The truth about napping and performance

I get asked all the time about napping and what a good general rule is. When working with clients I like to look at their personal situation. Self-awareness is really important, so today I’d like to give you a few things to take a look at to really help you decide where you are at with your productivity, and if …

Designing your most effective evening routine to get you to sleep every night

If you are somebody who struggles to get to sleep at night, then I’m sure you’ve already read plenty of articles around this topic of developing a bedtime routine. You may also have found that these tips didn’t work the way that you hoped. This might be because the tips are too generalised and don’t work for your personality type. …

How to overcome jet lag and maintain your energy

If you are travelling internationally, perhaps for work, and you know you need to perform when you are in different time zones, then the best approach is preparation. But even if you don’t have time to do much preparing, then let’s talk about how can you still maintain your energy and function well. The key is really getting to know …