BALLARAT SCI REGIONAL NETWORK MEETING - MAY 2017
Over two consecutive Thursdays in May, the Ballarat SCI Regional Network group undertook a Sleep workshop held by Dr Andrew Sinclair from Independence Australia. The aim of the workshop was to improve sleep through better and healthier sleep practices.
During sleep, we repair our physical and mental health. It helps to consolidate what we’ve learnt during the day, increases longevity and immunity, and improves overall health and well being. Our quality of sleep can even make the issues we face during the day less daunting!
Throughout the workshop, we spoke about some of the common reasons for sleep deprivation, factors that affect sleep, and ways to make one’s lifestyle and environment more conductive to sleep.
Some of the common factors identified that affect sleep included:
- Different sleep patterns to our partners
- Using electronic devices before bed
- Social networking
- Sleep apnea
- Shift work
- Time management
- Over eating before bed
- Overtired, moody and irritable
The group with Dr. Sinclair.
We also discussed ways to overcome impediments such as these, discovering that it is important to alter these kinds of behaviours and patterns to overcome poor quality sleep, including:
- Avoiding electronic devices and bright lights at least two hours before bed
- Maintain a consistent bed time
- Herbal tea
- Room temperature – avoid extreme hot or cold
- Exercise before bed
- Sleep when tired, as opposed to forcing yourself to stay awake for longer
- Adequate vitamin D (sunlight)
The most effective and lasting remedies take a holistic approach to sleep quality. It is important to practice good sleep hygiene by not overstimulating yourself before bed, adopting relaxation methods, and changing one’s lifestyle through diet and exercise.
If you are still having trouble sleeping, lying down isn’t completely useless. Simply resting, but not sleeping, can calm your mind and be restorative for your body.
Everyone knows we need sleep to live and function, but sleep also plays a vital role in good health and is imperative to our mental well-being. Overall the Ballarat SCI Regional Network group thoroughly enjoyed the two-day sleep workshop, taking away many tips and advice on how to improve sleep because without it, we cannot possibly be our best selves!
Details of our next event
Thursday, 15 Jun 2017
22 Wendouree Parade
Lake Wendouree, 3353
The group will discuss the Sleep workshop; handouts will be circulated for those that were unable to attend.
Disabled toilets available.
Barbara Simpson at [email protected] or SMS on 0402 865 528.