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How Your Type Reacts to Poor Sleep

Poor or unrestful sleep affects people a bit differently.

Exhausted warriors-A lack of sleep affects you most by worsening fatigue and daytime exhaustion, leading to a vicious cycle of relying on caffeine during the day and possibly using substances like alcohol to unwind at night or in some cases sleeping pills, all of which can further disrupt healthy sleep and lead to a viscious cycle of fatigue in the daytime. Fragmented, non-restorative sleep despite being in bed for enough hours is a common issue for your type. You may find that you remain ‘aware’ or in a light sleep at least some of the night and feel very tired in the morning. This program can help you get things back on track to wake up feeling rested!

Wound Up Warriors–Poor sleep worsens anxiety, stress and brain ‘wind up’ or overarousal. It increases the fight or flight brain networks and increases stress hormone levels. Restoring healthy sleep can improve stress and overwhelm, daytime calm and reduce anxiety levels. You tend to have the most issue falling asleep, so focusing on your pre-bed routines, your relaxation breathing practice in the evening and avoiding caffeine this month as you follow the program can all help you fall asleep faster and get things back on track!

Moody Warriors- Improving restorative sleep can have a huge impact on mood. Poor sleep can make it harder to regulate your emotions, worsens depression or contribute to it, impair the brain’s ability to interact socially and recognise and respond to facial expressions for more positive social interactions to buffer brain vulnerability to depression and low moods. Poor Sleep also causes the brain to interpret your environment in a more negative, even threatening light. You may have trouble falling asleep due to negative thinking spirals. Or, that you fall asleep ok but wake up very early and can’t get back to sleep easily. By resetting your 24 hr rhythms in the program this month, cutting out all alcohol and ‘activating’ as soon as you wake up in the morning, you can help get healthy sleep to support mood back on track!

Scattered warroris-you may have trouble sticking to a sleep/wake routine and are the most likely to stay up late on screens watching movies or on their phones, which leads to disrupting the brain and body’s 24hour clock. Poor sleep impairs memory and focus from just one night, similar to if you were drunk. This can lead to feeling foggy or unfocused the next day too. Poor sleep also impairs the brain’s ability to ignore distractions while you focus on a specific task. By following the program, moving back your bedtime, sticking to your same sleep routine each day and avoiding late night screen binges, you can get sleep back on track to help support optimal mental clarity and cognition.

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