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
- watch a video from Every Mind Matters to learn about the best ways to improve your sleep
- read Sleepstation’s guide on the ‘Ideal Bedroom Setup’
- avoid vigorous activity near bedtime as it may affect your sleep. Being more active during the day, however, can help you sleep better. Find more advice on our move more webpage.
- add more relaxation into your routine. Apps like Pzizz can help relax your body and mind with a series of audio tracks
- visit the Living Life to the Full website to sign up for a free course on getting a good night’s sleep
- sleeping aids, such as tablets or liquids, can be bought from a pharmacy, but are not a long term solution. For more information visit the NHS webpage on insomnia
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
- online therapy 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.