By Susan Leigh
I’m sure many of us will have some experience of falling asleep in the wrong place or at the wrong time. We may have been in a boring meeting or seminar. Struggled to listen as someone droned on un-inspirationally. Found ourselves semi-dozing in a room that was airless or too warm, or felt that we’d overindulged at lunch. I’ve regularly had to rewind my TV due to falling asleep before the end of a program! Many of these situations are understandably sleep-inducing.
– When a speaker or trainer delivers their speech in a monotone. Arranges each session to continue uninterrupted with no break or has a tedious message to deliver. Their important information can be lost as the audience struggles to concentrate on hearing it. Breaking presentations and seminars into bite-sized chunks, perhaps including interactive sections. A film or some varied personal work can help keep everyone’s interest awake.
– Plus, staying indoors to work or study all day rather than occasionally taking a break outside can cause you to feel sluggish and sleepy in the afternoon. Fresh air can be a great revitalizer, that and a stop for healthy food and water. Some cultures support an afternoon siesta and indeed some businesses provide sleep pods where employees can take a 20-minute power nap. But if we regularly catch ourselves falling asleep we may need to consider getting some good health or lifestyle advice.
– Ensure that, during busy or stressful periods especially, you remain well nourished and hydrated. Exercise breaks can also make a real difference by allowing you some time away from work. Giving your mind a timeout and waking up your muscles and circulation. Breaks, exercise, and nourishment are all important ways to manage stress and support good energy levels by providing renewed stimulus.
– It’s also important to be aware that if you regularly fall asleep in the wrong place it can be an indicator that all’s not well. There may be a health condition, you may be feeling low, depressed, are doing too much, or need to take more personal time. If you find that you can’t stop yourself from regularly falling asleep and are finding it tough to stay awake it might be a good idea to arrange a check-up with your doctor. Medication, diabetes and other health conditions may need to be diagnosed and treated promptly. Also, you need to consider if you’re getting enough sleep, the right quality and are going to bed early enough.
– If you’re going through an intensely stressful or busy period maybe start by becoming more gentle with yourself. Try going to bed a little earlier. Be prepared to review your diary and obligations and start to decline some of your regular non-essential commitments. Friends should understand if you’re unable to honor your usual dates during this time.
– Be firm about boundaries and your use of the word, ‘no’, so that you’re able to focus on honoring the commitments you can reasonably keep. Sometimes we have to filter out time wasters and time fillers and concentrate on keeping ourselves going, in order to stay as healthy as possible.
– Learn to ask for help. Children, partners, and colleagues may be able to help out with some of your regular routine commitments. And sharing the load a little helps people appreciate the extent of what you do, take on some responsibility and perhaps even come up with good suggestions for doing things more efficiently.
– Start to tune in better to your warning signs that you’re doing too much. Becoming over-tired, irritable, struggling with concentration, dozing off to sleep are just a few indicators that you need to respect yourself and your health more.
– Fun and breaks can be a lifeline during busy, stressful times. Doing things that you do well, that nourish and satisfy you can be a great way to re-energize yourself and keep you feeling alert and alive. Yes, there may be valid reasons why you fall asleep inappropriately. But there may also be actions that you can take to ensure that you’re more refreshed, ready and able to stay awake when you need to.
Susan Leigh, counselor, hypnotherapist, relationship counselor, writer & media contributor. She offers help with relationship issues, stress management, assertiveness, and confidence. She works with individual clients, couples and provides corporate workshops and support.
She’s the author of 3 books. ‘Dealing with Stress, Managing its Impact’. ‘101 Days of Inspiration #tipoftheday’. And ‘Dealing with Death, Coping with the Pain’. All on Amazon & with easy to read sections, tips and ideas to help you feel more positive about your life.
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