This morning’s BBC news reported that Ant McPartlin had been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving on Sunday afternoon. Just as the dynamic duo seem to be returning to form following Ant’s rehabilitation last year, this incident threatens the future of TVs favourite presenting pair.
Both Ant and Dec are so loved by all ages that it’s hard to condemn Ant for an act that has rightly become socially unacceptable. No doubt others will do so, but our purpose here at SleepNews is to help. We know there are many people in similar situations to Ant McPartlin, overwhelmed by exhausting work schedules and reliant on sedatives and stimulants to face each day. So here are some essential lifestyle changes that will help Ant and others to get back on track:
Get perspective – work, especially a high profile career, IS less important than our health and relationships with those we love. All of us will retire at some point. Taking that difficult decision now will enable Ant to live the second half of his life afresh. He has great talent and when his health is good his gifts will flourish again.
Cut out chemicals – caffeine, alcohol and drugs inhibit our body and mind from fixing itself. Getting clean, even from apparently innocuous substances like caffeine is the only route to recovery. Good sleep can only occur when the brain is free from substances that disrupt the essential cleansing journey of sleep.
Exercise outdoors – busy schedules tend to keep us cooped up away from sunlight. Natural light has numerous benefits, from a sleep perspective it resets our biological clock and with exercise helps to prepare for sleep by tiring our muscles.
Connect with others – Jonathon Ross, Russel Brand, Billy Connolly have all faced similar demons. They’ve recovered and been able to continue with their lives but they had to make some significant changes. Reading their stories removes the sense of loneliness and gives strategies for recovery.
Disconnect from others – alongside those who can help, there will be many who inhibit the route to wellness. Some are well-meaning, particularly those linked to business and whose own future is tied to the sufferer’s success.
Sleep seriously – studies in mental illness repeatedly associate sleep disorders with the presenting condition. It is often unclear which came first but there’s no doubt that fixing sleep is key to repairing the mind.
“I can’t get enough sleep” is not a problem; it is a potential cause (or perhaps the result) of a problem. To clarify your thinking, try to identify the bad outcome ﬁrst; e.g., “I am performing poorly in my job.”