An iceberg is a big lump of ice that floats on the sea, well some of it. The truth is that most of the iceberg (about 90%) is under the sea, this is where the saying the tip of an iceberg comes from.
So what do icebergs have to do with sleep?
Imagine your body is like an iceberg, most of what is going on in your body you are unaware of, sensibly so – it would be difficult to focus if we were aware of all the things taking place in our bodies. Because of this your wellbeing could be going downhill and you would not be aware until you get really unwell. Until it starts to effect the tip of the iceberg!
What if your quality of sleep was one sign of deeper things going on in your body? That ongoing difficulty with sleep was a sign to alert you to the fact that you need to change something to return to balance. A little warning that there is bigger things happening in the part of you (most of you) that you are unaware of? It puts a new perspective on the importance of a good night sleep doesn’t it!
Why is sleep important?
Sleep is important because it is when our bodies repair and relax. When you are not getting enough sleep our bodies don’t get a chance to repair or relax and tension can build up. Tension is stress, so you carry this tension and stress around with you the next day and then to bed again and find it difficult to sleep because of tension and stress. Sound familiar? Imagine what could be happening in the iceberg of your body?
So what can you do?
The first thing to do is to notice the tension. Common areas to hold tension are the jaw, neck and back. When you notice these areas tense up, mentally release them.
Practice regular mindfulness of tension in your body. Check in hourly and mentally release the tension you find.
Gentle massage, a stretch or exercise can also help to relieve tension.
Keep practicing mindfulness of your tension and combined with the tips I shared with you in part one part one , hopefully you will be on your way to a better night’s sleep.