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Tips for better Sleep

Tips for better Sleep, better sleep for better mental health. We have all struggled at some point in our lives to get to sleep at night or are awakened numerous times because our minds won’t stop whirring. We have all had that familiar feeling the next day of a heavy or foggy head, finding it hard to be motivated and concentrate.

 

Why is sleep important?

We spend about a third of our lives asleep. Sleep is essential – It is as important to our bodies as eating, drinking and breathing, and is vital for maintaining good mental and physical health. Sleeping helps us to recover from mental as well as physical exertion.

Sleep and health are strongly related – poor sleep can increase the risk of having poor health, and poor health can make it harder to sleep.  Sleep disturbances can be one of the first signs of distress. Common mental health problems like anxiety and depression can often underpin sleep problems.

What can cause sleep problems?

  • Shift Patterns
  • New Baby
  • Illness or poor health
  • Life circumstance, difficult relationships
  • Anxiety or depression

Tips if you struggle to sleep

  1. Try to keep to a routine, get up and go to bed at the same time
  2. Try not to nap in the day
  3. Look at where you sleep is there anything you can do to make it more restful
  4. Exercise more
  5. Cut down on caffeine and alcohol or energy drinks, any thing you use to keep yourself going in the day
  6. Get support with anything that is concerning you

Tips for Better Sleep

Blogs on our website that might help you

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The NHS has a useful video on What you can do for Sleep Problems

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