Have you ever suffered from poor sleep? 

We’ve all had a bad night’s sleep at least once in our lives and most likely, we were tired the next day, probably irritable and more negative than usual. 

For those who have, or are suffering from insomnia or some form of disturbed sleep, you know it is no picnic. Sleep deprivation effects can be rough. 

Lack of sleep makes it hard to concentrate, to think clearly, and it leads to irritability. Studies from Christina Gobin from the University of Florida and Sandra Tamm from the Karolinska Institutet, show that sleep deprivation leads to a negativity bias and poor emotional regulation. This means that we have a tendency to negatively interpret emotional stimuli when lacking sleep, and that dealing with our emotions becomes quite difficult. 

Not only do we interpret things negatively, we also remember negative input more easily and so focus more on negative things. 

The implication of this is that when tired, we are more vulnerable to mental illness. Particularly depression. It has long been thought that sleep deprivation plays an important role in depression and this helps us to better understand why. 

So a lack of sleep will make you more negative but if you are vulnerable to mental illness, it could play a substantial role in worsening your symptoms. 

That is why sleep is so important for your health. Both mental and physical. 

Sleep will help you regulate your emotions and it will make you see the world in a more positive way. 

SonicTonic helps many people people get to sleep and stay asleep – every night.
So if you want to improve the quality of your sleep, you should give SonicTonic a try. 

To get a free coupon to test SonicTonic – send an email to info@sonictonic.io with title “sleepsalon2019”. 

Find out more about sleep deprivation here: 

“Sleep Deprivation Leads to Negative Impressions, Finds New Study”

https://interestingengineering.com/sleep-deprivation-leads-to-negative-impressions-finds-ne w-study

“A sleep-deprived brain interprets impressions negatively” : 

https://news.ki.se/a-sleep-deprived-brain-interprets-impressions-negatively 

“Poor Sleep quality is associated with a negative cognitive bias and decreased sustained attention”Christina M. Gobin, Jonathan B. Banks, Ana I. Fins, Jaime L. Tartar. Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Center for Psychological Studies, Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA
https://rdcu.be/bU4HS 

Sleep deprivation compromises resting-state emotional regulatory processes: An EEG Study – Jinxiao Zhang, Esther Yuet Ying Lau, Janet H. Hsiao. Department of Psychology, the University of Hong Kong.
https://rdcu.be/bU4HZ 

 

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According to the World Health Organisation, burnout is on the rise. We all know someone who has suffered from burnout at some point in their lives. And many of us may have experienced it ourselves. If you or someone you know is showing signs of burnout, then SonicTonic can help, here’s how.

In today’s world it’s so easy to be online 24/7, checking emails at all hours of the day, and night. But this has real consequences, one of those being burnout. It should come as no surprise then, that burnout is a growing problem in today’s workplace. Not only does it have a big impact on organisational costs but the biggest costs are those we pay with our health and well-being.

Burnout is now an “occupational phenomenon”

The annual cost of burnout to the global economy is estimated to be $323.4 billion, leading the World Health Organization to predict a global pandemic within a decade. With burnout affecting a record number of us, burnout was recently re-labelled as an “occupational phenomenon” in the WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD) which is widely used as a benchmark for diagnosis and health insurers.

According to the WHO, “burnout is a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.” This means that companies now have to make systematic changes and implement wellbeing programs to manage workplace stress.

How do I know if I’m suffering from burnout?

We all have phases in our lives when things become too much for us. Whilst we might have some good coping mechanisms stress can become all-consuming, leading us to burn out.

According to the WHO, there are three main dimensions of burnout:

  • feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion
  • increased mental distance from one’s job, negative feelings or cynicism related to one’s job
  • reduced work performance.

If you think you might be suffering from burn out then it’s likely that you feel a sense of emotional exhaustion or indifference, and have started to treat your colleagues, clients or patients in a detached or dehumanized way. You might also feel yourself becoming distant and losing all excitement or passion for your job, whilst becoming cynical, less effective, and less and less concerned about your own personal achievements.

If this is the case, then ask yourself the following questions:

  1. has anyone close to you asked you to cut down on your work?
  2. in recent months have you become consistently angry or resentful about your work or about colleagues, clients or patients?
  3. do you feel guilty that you are not spending enough time with your friends, family or even yourself?
  4. do you find yourself becoming increasingly emotional, for example crying, getting angry, shouting, or feeling tense for no obvious reason.

If you answered yes to one or more of these, then it might be time to talk to your employer. Since it’s now their responsibility to manage workplace stress, make sure to tell them what you need and how they can help you to manage your workload.

What can I do to alleviate the stress that leads to burnout?

Aside from talking to your employer about the changes that they can make in the office, you can also build up your resilience to stress by learning to switch off. Make sure to set boundaries for your work, and think more about what you’ll do in your free time too, as these will help you to maintain your work-life balance.

You should also think about the way that you perceive stress. If you constantly think about how much you have to do and perceive yourself as having an overwhelming amount of stress, then this will inevitably lead you to feel like you can’t cope. Try to be kind to yourself and remember that you can’t always do everything perfectly all the time, and hand some things over to others, if you can.

How SonicTonic can help

You can also use SonicTonic regularly to manage your stress levels. This is because SonicTonic administers effective Receptive Sound Therapy through music, sound and spoken word that can help you to relax, sleep better and focus more.

SonicTonic uses 5 special ingredients in its tonics, these are: binaural beats, Isochronic tones, Solfeggio frequencies, ASMR, autosuggestion and music. Each blend has been carefully crafted to help reduce stress, improve sleep and ease psychological problems.

The Receptive Sound Therapy used in SonicTonic uses Brainwave Entrainment, that can influence your state of mind and help you to switch off unwanted thoughts and feelings, combined with autosuggestion which can help you to overcome feelings of panic or anxiety.

Why not take some of our De-Stress tonics today? Simply download the app on your Android or IOS device, plug in your headphones, relax and unwind. Unlike meditation apps, there’s nothing to learn, all you need is the app and your headphones.

Disclaimer: Whilst the Receptive Sound Therapy methods used in SonicTonic have provided many people with a tool to control, reduce and even eliminate mind-based problems, SonicTonic does not claim to be a legally approved medical intervention or a replacement for a therapy or medication. If you’re suffering from burnout, make sure to get the professional help you need.

 

 

 

With 20.1%, mental illness is the leading cause of inability to work among women.

 

As the DAK health report 2017 shows, psychological diseases present the largest part of the total cases of illness among women. Reasons for that can be biological, such as hormonal effects, psychosocial, for example education or the abundance of roles as mother, partner, employee, etc., or other specific stress aspects in a psychological, physical or sexual way.

 

Source: Gesund.at