Sleep

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.

Sleeping Difficulties

Sleep problems are common and can affect each person differently. They can be caused by a range of factors such as:

  • Emotional reasons
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • 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.

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