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Sleep: things that may help over the coming weeks

Not getting enough sleep or poor quality sleep makes you tired and fatigued. This can, over time, lead to poor mental health and other medical conditions.

Top tips for improving sleep

  • view the video from Better Health for advice about getting a good night's sleep

Think about why you are not sleeping

It might be helpful to work out why you are not sleeping in the first place:

  • it can be a good idea to keep a sleep diary. It may uncover lifestyle habits, issues or daily activities that contribute to your sleeplessness
  • if you think poor mental or physical health might be affecting your sleep, you can find advice and support on our other webpages
  • therapy, sometimes called IAPT or Healthy Minds, can be used as a way to help you improve your sleep, as well as explore the reasons why you have trouble sleeping. It can be completed in your own time, as part of a group or with help from someone over the phone:

If sleep continues to be a problem

If you cannot sleep and it's affecting your daily life, or if you have insomnia that lasts for more than 4 weeks, make an appointment to see your GP. They'll explore any psychological, physical or lifestyle causes.