Beatrix Schmidt's Blog Entries

  • Create the Best Sleep Suited to Your Lifestyle

    Recently I was invited to present a short talk about sleep at the Professional Speakers Association in London. I really wanted to talk about how to overcome insomnia in practical ways and the importance of finding out what good sleep is for you, and working towards that, rather than chasing...
  • Does Napping Improve Your Sleep and Productivity?

    The truth about napping and performance   I get asked all the time about napping and what a good general rule is. Should we take naps, or should be not be taking them?Do they really improve productivity, and how long is a good nap? When working with clients I like to look at the...
  • How to Practice Good Sleep Hygiene

    In my line of work, I talk a great deal with my clients about sleep hygiene. But you might be wondering how I define that term, ‘sleep hygiene’. Essentially, this is about preparing yourself for a good sleep physically, mentally and emotionally by taking practical steps, and als...
  • How to Rate Signs of Tiredness?

    Accepting tiredness as ‘the new normal’ is something I talk about with my clients often. And a really common question I get is, “How much tiredness is normal?” It’s really a cultural problem, and we hear every day, “Oh I’m fine, I’m just tired...
  • How Does Lack of Sleep Affect our Mental Health?

    Have you ever noticed your sleep, or lack of sleep, having a direct impact on aspects of your mental health? I was recently asked to speak at The Barbican Library for World Mental Health Day. The thing is, not everybody recognises the impact of poor sleep on their mental health. It can be subtle, ...
  • Do Men and Women Sleep Differently?

    Do men and women approach sleep differently? This is quite a fascinating topic. Each and every one of us sleeps a little differently – but I love the topic of gender differences in sleep. I see these differences sometimes when I work with couples.   We can help each other when we un...
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  • How to Design an Effective Bedtime Routine

    If you are somebody who struggles to get to sleep at night, then I’m sure you’ve already read plenty of articles around this topic of developing a bedtime routine. You may also have found that these tips didn’t work the way that you hoped. This might be because the tips are too ge...
  • Sleep Problems, Insomnia and Anxiety

    Sleep problems, insomnia and anxiety Here’s a question to consider… What comes first; anxiety or sleep problems? When I work with clients who experience both anxiety and sleep disturbances, they will often ask me which of these two things to start working on first. It can feel like a ...
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  • How to Switch Off from Overthinking at Night

    If you spend your evenings ‘in your head’, thinking through the events of the day,this can quickly give way to insomnia. This is something that I used to do myself during the peak of my own sleep struggles, so I find it easy to recognise in my clients. So today let’s look at some ...
  • How to Look after Yourself During these Challenging Times | COVID-19, Working from Home, and Your Wellbeing

    It’s no understatement to say that current world health events are affecting so much more than our lungs. Outside of the virus itself, sits the ecosystem we all live in. In my role, my big focus is sleep and all that surrounds it, from living well and happily, to productivity and peak perform...
  • The Stages of Sleep You Go Through at Night

    The sleep stages we go through at night is an interesting topic, especially for those of us who are keen to improve the quality of our sleep. There are, however, some misconceptions around what the sleep stages are, so I would like to clear these up for you today. Some of these misconceptio...
  • The Practicalities to Consider for an Effective Digital Detox

    If you read my last article or watched the video, then you already have some of my best tips for getting ready to take on a digital detox. But if you missed it or just need a reminder, then head here first. Today I’m sharing with you some of the things I tell my clients when they are...
  • How Your Whole 24 Hours Affects Your Sleep

    How often do you achieve all that you want to in a day? Perhaps you don’t always go to bed with that desired sense of satisfaction. Something I often see with my clients is that they are striving to be peak performers. Due to the daily pressure they put themselves under, their sleep is im...
  • The Many Ways Seasonal Changes Affect Sleep

    As the seasons change, in many ways, our lives do too. It’s not just the weather outside and the amount of daylight we are exposed too (if you live in Europe or have seasonal change where you live)—other things like our social lives tend to change with the seasons, having a knock...
  • The Truth About Melatonin Supplements, Do They Really Work?

    Melatonin is often referred to as ‘the sleep hormone’, and this has caused some misconceptions about what it really does for us in terms of sleep. There are a lot of products out there, and by the time clients come to me, often they have tried a lot of things and are confused by...
  • Do Introverts Sleep Better than Extroverts?

    I’ve been asked often about the extrovert personality type, and if they sleep better than introverts. There is also the third type, Ambivert, to consider too. In my one on one work with clients, I make a point of honouring the personality type of the client, because there are differen...
  • 5 Ways Sleep Impacts Your Peak Performance

    Our ability to perform at our peak each day is very much affected by how we sleep at night. This is not just about how many hours sleep we get, but how refreshed we feel in the morning and how much mental energy we have for our work in the daytime. In this video I talk you through the 5 top...
  • How Long Does Insomnia Last?

    In this post, and in the video below, I explain the difference between short-term and long-term insomnia or sleep problems, and what you can do to help yourself and overcome it. Whether you have been experiencing badly broken sleep for a couple of weeks or much longer affects how you react to it, a...
  • How to Decorate Your Bedroom for Great Sleep Every Night

    If your bedroom is more of a general purpose room that happens to have your bed in it, than a space dedicated to sleep and relaxation, then this has a bigger effect on your sleep issues than most people realise. When you have work items, things that evoke emotional memories, or even just genera...
  • What are the Causes of Insomnia?

    If you are struggling with insomnia right now, then I’m sure you would love to know what causes it, as understanding your triggers allows you to make the right changes to get your sleep back. But of course, when you are already tired from a lack of sleep, going into detective mode can fee...
  • What is Good Quality Sleep?

    There’s the kind of sleep where you wake up and feel refreshed. Then there is the kind of sleep where you wake up and feel a bit cheated, like you didn’t fully recharge. If you’ve been experiencing more of the latter recently, then today’s post has some really practical tips...
  • How to Avoid Burnout

    The topic of burnout from work, and the associated sleep problems, is coming up all the time for me recently. Just a few weeks ago I was interviewed about this during a wellness event. Today I want to share some tips for how to avoid burnout in the first place.   You can ma...
  • What Not to Take to Bed With You to Assure Great Sleep

    Today I want to tell you about a few things that you need to leave outside of your bedroom to help you sleep better, and to prevent any future sleep problems. Some of these things are physical items, and some are less obvious, but all will become clear shortly.   Devices The first thing I...
  • Top 5 Sleeping Habits of Highly Successful People

    If peak performance and being successful is important to you, then I’m sure you already know on some level that getting restorative sleep every night plays a key role in your ability to function highly during the day. While many people know this on an intellectual level, they aren’t cur...
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  • Can Using Fitbit Affect Your Sleep Negatively?

    Fitbit and other sleep monitoring tech always comes up in conversations, just like yesterday at the Institute of Directors networking event. I always do my best to test out new technology and very open to how these can help us to sleep well at night, but so far I haven’t found one that has tr...
  • Dealing with Insomnia in the Workplace

    What is your strategy to manage sleep problems in your organisation? Dealing with sleep deprivation and insomnia effectively in the workplace is a big part of the overall wellbeing strategy that organisations are putting in place. But when I speak to HR professionals, the general problem is that t...
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  • Losing Sleep Over Your Bedtime Routine Doesn't Work

    Let’s talk about your bedtime routine. I am sure you heard so many different things that you should and/or could be doing to get yourself ready for sleep. The camomile tea, the book to read, the hot bath to have, the music to listen to, the lavender oil to spray on your pillow… and so...
  • 5 Ways Lack of Quality Sleep Affects Your Career Progression

    Sleeping well at night has many benefits from healthy body weight, emotional stability to increased intellectual capacity as well as daytime productivity. All of these will impact your ability to build a great career. But more often than not, the conversations I have with people quickly turns to sl...
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