Sleep is important for our ability to function; it enhances our physical, mental and emotional health. Although the recommended amount of sleep is around 7-8 hours, in reality the amount of sleep a person needs varies and could be anything between 6-10 hours.
Sleep problems are common and can affect each person differently. They can be caused by a range of factors such as:
- Emotional reasons
- Disrupted work shift patterns
- Medical or health reasons
- Noisy surroundings
Good Sleep Habits
The following hints and tips can help you to develop a positive bedtime routine:
- Avoid drinking anything that contains caffeine, nicotine or alcohol; try drinking a warm caffeine-free drink instead.
- Try to slow down before bedtime.
- Avoid watching TV or using electronic devices such as phones and laptops before going to sleep.
- Create a consistent bedtime routine trying to sleep and wake up at a similar time each day.
- Have a relaxing bath or shower.
- Try some deep breathing exercises before bed such as mindfulness breathing (PDF - 117KB).
- Try to sleep in a quiet room; if noise is a problem try earplugs.
- Ensure your bedroom is dark; if light is a problem try an eye mask.
- Ensure that you sleep on comfortable bedding.
- Ensure the temperature of your room is comfortable.