Thoughts, perceptions and sleep

Do you know about the impact of your thoughts and beliefs on your psychology?
For years, elite athletes have used the power of visualisation:

  • Golfers visualise successful putts
  • Footballers see themselves scoring penalties
  • And gymnast mentally rehearse their routines.

Through repetition, this mental preparation fuels their belief in success.
And in turn, they are able to achieve it.
But did you know that your thoughts can change your physiology?


Thoughts and physiology

A few years ago, Stanford University conducted a surprising study about stress. In the experiment, participants were subjected to high levels of stress.  One group was conditioned to perceive stress as a threat, while the other was primed to see it as a challenge.
Astoundingly, those who embraced stress as a challenge had significantly lower cortisol levels.
This difference arose purely from their perceptions!

When it comes to sleep and insomnia, perceptions can be detrimental or beneficial.


Thoughts and sleep

Consider the common belief that you need 8 hours of sleep.
As you know if you’ve been watching our videos or reading our articles, this isn’t strictly true.
In fact, believing this can lead to increased stress levels and anxiety … which in turn can then disrupt your sleep.

Another common misconception comes from perceiving extreme tiredness as sleepiness…
We often think that being exhausted means we’ll fall asleep quickly. But in reality, fatigue and sleepiness (essential for quickly getting to sleep) are distinct.

Most people who suffer from long-term insomnia often have many such misperceptions. And over time, these thoughts become ingrained.

That’s why our sleep retraining programs prioritises identifying and rectifying these beliefs. This approach allows us to speed up sleep improvements while preventing future relapses.

If you’re looking to improve your sleep, start here!


Address disruptive thoughts and improve your sleep

Reflect on your beliefs about sleep, how you feel about it, how it serves you, and how you can control it.

Challenge these beliefs. Are they grounded in reality or perceptions?

Identifying and then changing these thoughts might be challenging… but it’s a pivotal step towards improving your sleep.