The Can't Sleep Colouring Journal
Written by Dr Sarah Jane Arnold.
Title pending publication by Michael O'Mara Books Limited, 2016.
A Brief Introduction
Sleep is essential. It's something we all do, and it's something that we all need. Good quality, restorative sleep positively effects our physical and mental health. Sleep supports the body to recharge and rejuvenate itself, it allows the mind to have some rest-bite from conscious thinking, and it helps us to process new information and consolidate memories.
Many of us will experience poor sleep at some point in our lives. We might find it hard to fall asleep, wake up often in the night, and/or wake up too early in the mornings. Poor sleep for a sustained period of time can leave us feeling physically exhausted, and many people report having trouble concentrating as a consequence of this.
How we respond to poor sleep is key. Many people, very understandably, fall into the trap of struggling with the experience, and they begin to feel helpless, anxious, stressed and depressed about it. This journal offers people who can't sleep sometimes, a different, creative way of responding to sleeplessness. Many of the exercises in this book are based upon therapeutic techniques from Cognitive-behaviour therapy (CBT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), which are proven to be helpful for people with sleep problems.
The Can't Sleep Colouring Journal welcomes its users to practice self-care, reflect, express themselves and find joy in the present moment - even when they can’t sleep. Colouring before bed, or in response to sleeplessness, may help people to feel relaxed and more ready for sleep when the time comes. In addition to colouring, the journal offers inspirational quotes, helpful mantras to aid positive coping with sleeplessness, and space to write down thoughts and feelings. It offers ways of tackling any unhelpful thoughts that may be interfering with sleep, and tips on how to establish a good sleep routine. It also encourages the reader to think deeply about nurturing themselves, and the ways in which they can enjoy a full and meaningful life.
‘Many things - such as loving, going to sleep, or behaving unaffectedly - are done worst when we try hardest to do them.’ ◆ C. S. Lewis.