The Sleep Expert
During our Sleep Month, one-to-one consultations will be available to guests with sleep expert Dr Guy Meadows. He will also create content with sleep advice for guests available around the hotel.
Dr Meadows is a leading figure in the area of chronic insomnia and is pioneering the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for its treatment. The approach is centred on what good sleepers do to sleep, which is nothing more than trusting their body’s natural ability to sleep. He helps clients to understand that their natural desire to want to ‘do’ things to get to sleep may well satisfy an internal desire to ‘fix’, but it could in fact be the thing keeping them awake. At The Sleep School Guy teaches clients not to let the ‘controlling side’ in all of us get in the way of this natural process and how to make space for, or even play with, any fears associated with not sleeping, something that allows sleep to emerge naturally once more.
Guy has been studying human physiology for 17 years, of which 12 years have been devoted to sleep research and the prevention of sleeping disorders. He graduated with a first class BSc Honours degree from Glamorgan University, then an MSc (Distinction) at Kings College London in Human and Applied Physiology, and finally completed his doctorate at Imperial College London.
He has worked with more than a thousand one-to-one clients over the past eight years at his London-based clinic and set up The Sleep School to help stop insomniacs needlessly suffering around the world.
He is the resident sleep doctor for ITV’s Daybreak Show and recently was a sleep expert on the Channel 4 children’s sleep show Bedtime Live.
Top tips from Dr Guy Meadows for a healthy night’s sleep:
Sleep is a natural physiological process that can’t be controlled and having a reliance on unnatural night time rituals or props (for example, warm baths, pills, and alcohol etc) can fuel sleep anxiety and further sleeplessness. Follow a normal and regular wind down each night to retrain your brain to sleep.
Worrying about poor quality past sleep or imagining how bad things will be in the future if you don’t sleep only helps to increase night time arousal levels. Whilst noticing things objectively and without judgment in the present moment like the touch of your duvet on your toes or the gentle movement of air in and out your nose can actually promote sleep.
Fearful thoughts or strong emotional reactions such as anxiety at night can keep you more awake. Learning to change your relationship with them by getting to know them and even welcoming them when they arrive will reduce arousal levels and lessen your sleep struggle.
Go to bed and get up at roughly the same time each night. This will help to keep your body clock on time and promote your natural drive to sleep. If you are awake at night choose to stay in bed and conserve your energy by lying still and being calm and mindful.
The fear of not sleeping drives us to stop living our lives such as avoiding going out at night or sleeping in the spare room. Commit to making small actions every day that take you closer to what is important to you in your life. A happy and content brain is a sleepy brain.