By Marek Doyle
We talk about how much we’re getting and who we’re doing it with. We show off about where we’ve been doing it, from the couch to the beach, or even under a tree on a nice summer’s day. And you can always tell who isn’t getting any. I am, of course, talking about sleep. It’s a subject close to all our hearts, yet the joy of sleep remains elusive for many.
A quick search for ‘sleeping problems’ throws up over 152million results in Google. It is estimated that, each year, more than a third of us suffer from insomnia. Getting a good nights sleep is very simple in most cases yet, on countless initial consultations, clients report experiencing long-running problems spanning the course of many years.
“I saw one naturopath and he suggested I spray my pillow with lavender.” Guess what, this didn’t help.
“A different nutritionist advised me to stop using the laptop before bed.” A sensible move, and one that reduces UV exposure late in the evening, but the effects are marginal.
“My yoga teacher recommended that I do some deep breathing whenever I’m lying there awake.” It’s fair to say that deep breathing can definitely help relaxation, but I haven’t ever spoken to someone who changes from a chronic insomniac to perfect sleeper on the basis of their breathing patterns.
“I thought that maybe I should stop drinking coffee in the evening.” Cutting out the caffeine can help a lot, and many respond well to it. But this remains an adjunct, rather than a cure in itself.
“My doctor offered me anti-depressants.” The less said about this the better.
Never do I see suggestions for the one thing that, over 90 percent of the time, fixes the actual problem within 24 hours. This one thing is magnesium.