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When we fall asleep, we go through cycles of deep and shallow sleep. 

At shallow sleep, known as REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep we dream, this gives our brain the chance to process events, put them into their place and reset. 

Often when we have experienced trauma, we may become fearful of falling asleep, of having nightmares and so our sleep can become disrupted. 

Benefits of better sleep 

Sleep is essential to health. We spend about a third of our lives asleep, performing a nightly personal MOT making sure our brains and bodies function at their best. Good sleep … 

  • Helps to keep your heart healthy 
  • Boosts the immune system 
  • Reduces the focus on negative thoughts 
  • Helps with creativity 
  • Supports better memory and recall of information 
  • Reduces stress 
  • Reduces inflammation 
  • Helps body make repairs 
  • May help with weight loss 
  • Helps with concentration 
  • Increases memory and recall 
  • Achieve more in the day 

Read more about good habits for a better sleep and ways to help with poor sleep.

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