The Power of Positivity: A Perfect Night’s Sleep
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Are you an optimist or a pessimist?
Well, research has shown that being optimistic about life and practicing positive thinking can not only improve your sleep, but it can even help you live longer.
This week, Janet discusses the power of a positive mindset on your health and delves into the research behind this.
Here’s what we cover:
- A positive attitude can improve your sleep, which will have many health benefits.
- Case study into Positive Thinking
- Decreasing stress will encourage positive thought
- Positive thinking may help you live longer
- Tips to assist you think more positively
Hello everyone, it’s Janet Roach here. International tea master, proud mother, mad dog-lover and today, I want to talk to you about a positive mindset and just how much that can help you with sleeping and beating insomnia. And not only this, but it’s actually been proven to help you live longer! Can you believe something so simple as thinking in a positive way could create such a drastic difference in your life? Keep watching because I’m going to explain the research behind this, as well as give my tips on how to turn your negative mindset around, and create a chain reaction of positive thoughts, which will lead to all sorts of amazing health, and lifestyle benefits, including gaining improved and longer sleep.
So maybe you’re having trouble sleeping and often feel drowsy in the daytime. Well, maybe it’s time for an attitude adjustment. A study out of the University of Illinois suggests that people who are more optimistic about life have a much better and longer sleep than those negative Nancy’s out there. The study saw 3,500 adults record their sleep patterns and quality whilst filling out surveys on their mood and positivity levels. Data definitely showed that the more optimistic among us got better shut eye and regularly had 6-9 hours of sleep a night. The study’s lead author said “Lack of healthy sleep is a public health concern, as poor sleep quality is associated with multiple health problems, including higher risks of obesity, hypertension and all-cause mortality”.
Now, I have a delicious Sleep Tea blend, which will also really help you to wind down before bed. It’s a blend using medicinal herbs and flowers that will help relax you and aid in getting a much deeper sleep. I recommend drinking this tea before bed and take some time to wind down, read a book and don’t look at blue light, that means not checking your phone 45 minutes before bed! All of this is going to help you decrease stress, which should hopefully help with encouraging positive thinking too! If you want to get your hands on my free eBook ‘Simple Steps to Sleep Better Instantly’, go to re-sleepguaranteed.com and find out all of my tips for getting in a good rest at night.
Let’s take it back to positive thinking. Now, a study has actually found that negative people love shorter lives whilst optimists live longer. Scientists at Boston University School of Medicine analyzed data from almost 70,000 women over ten years and nearly 1,500 men over 30 years. They discovered that people with a higher level of optimism had 50-70% greater odds of reaching the age of 85. The researchers put these findings down to positive people being more balanced with their emotions and resilient to stress. This definitely shows how much stress and negativity can really impact our ageing, causing a lack of sleep, which can impact our lives in so many negative ways. It’s kind of like one big negative spiral…
To avoid this negative spiral, here are some of my tips on how to harness a positive mindset: The first thing you need to do is to identify any negative thinking and make sure you turn it around. It’s no good to add some positive thoughts on top of those negative ones, you’ve actually got to pin these destructive thoughts down and get rid of them entirely. Maybe focus on one thing you often have negative thoughts about and try to change the way you view it. Instead of thinking ‘I’m going to do terribly in my interview tomorrow’ how about thinking ‘I’ve got all the skills I have right now to do this interview, this is a learning opportunity for me’.
My second tip is to follow a healthy lifestyle and get yourself into a good routine. When you wake up, make your morning cup of tea, a healthy breakfast and start the day right. Try and get at least 30 minutes of exercise into your day, even just a short walk or walking the dogs can release some endorphins and help you think positively. And, like last week’s live, I spoke about getting outside in nature to relieve stress. It’s so important to get some sun on you, get that vitamin D and fresh air and be outside.
Another thing would be to surround yourself with positive people. It’s hard to remain positive all of the time when the people around you are constantly bringing you down. So get together with your most positive and upbeat friends and feed off of their energy. Oh, and did you know that smiling, even pretending to smile, can actually make you feel happier? Just the physical action of smiling sends a chemical reaction to the brain which then releases hormones like dopamine and serotonin, which makes us feel happy and positive.
Also, thinking positive thoughts about your insomnia can help you get rid of it too. When you’re struggling to sleep, it’s so easy to quickly become negative. You think to yourself ‘I’ve now only got 5 hours of sleep before I have to wake up’ which quickly becomes less and less hours as the night goes on. You think ‘I’m never going to get to sleep’ – these negative thoughts can easily run wild and make it harder for you to doze off. Instead, carry out some cognitive restructuring where you reframe negative thought patterns. Negative thoughts are just self-fulfilling prophecies. On the other hand, thinking positively and staying calm about not being able to sleep is the best way forward. Speaking of sleep, if you want to get your hands on my free eBook, head to re-sleepguaranteed.com and download it today. You’re going to get so many more tips on how to get a better night’s sleep. So keep thinking positive, and remember, Nourish Yourself.