Getting a good night’s sleep is important to all of us, but 1 in 5 of us has some problems with our sleep. People can become stressed when they feel they are not getting a good night’s sleep, which can then make it even harder to get off to sleep. Problems sleeping means we don’t function as well as we’d like. However, there are simple things that you can do to help yourself.
Tips for improving your sleep
• Develop a bedtime routine where you wind down ready for bed
• To help develop your routine go to bed at a set time
• Remove distractions like a TV or computer out of your bedroom
• Having a hot bath or shower 2 hours before going to bed can help improve your sleep
• Spend some time doing relaxation each evening before bed
• If you can’t sleep after 20 minutes of trying, get up and do a quiet, non energetic activity until you feel ready to sleep again then return to bed.
If you would like more information about how to improve your night’s sleep you can find it in the guides and website below
• Sleep Well. A Self Help Guide about how you can get a better night sleep
• Poor Sleep from www.patient.co.uk
• Sleeping Well from the Royal College of Psychiatry