Sleeping Well

Sleep is essential for our health and wellbeing as it has a direct impact on our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. It also helps us to feel alert and refreshed.

The information and advice found in this section is aimed at providing you with knowledge around sleep, the benefits of sleeping well, how to get into a good sleep routine as well as potential changes you can make to support you and or others in achieving a healthy sleep pattern.

There are several benefits to achieving good sleep, some of these are as follows;

  • Improved mood
  • Blood sugar control
  • Immune system support
  • Aids digestive health
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Concentration and focus
  • Recover from exhaustion

It is recommended that we aim to achieve between seven and nine hours of good quality sleep every night.

In order to achieve good quality sleep, it is important to get into a positive sleep routine. A good sleep routine includes;

  • Doing a relaxing activity before bed such as reading a book or having a warm bath
  • Being consistent and scheduling your sleep every day, including on your days off
  • Try to avoid stimulant such as caffeine, nicotine and alcohol before bedtime
  • To avoid uncomfortable sleep, try not to eat late at night
  • If you have a lot of things on your mind, try writing them down before bedtime
  • Try to limit screen time before bedtime
  • Although exercise is extremely beneficial for our health, try to avoid it just before bedtime
  • Creating a morning routine and getting out into the fresh air can support a healthy sleep pattern

To support you in creating a good quality sleep routine, it is important to understand how to create a positive environment;

  • Remove excess light by using blackout curtains
  • Invest in a good quality mattress and pillows if possible
  • Limit digital devices from your bedroom

For more information on the importance of sleep and how to achieve a positive sleep routine, please take a look at our healthy sleep tips leaflet; Healthy Sleep DIGITAL 010722.pdf

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If you are still struggling to sleep, it could be worthwhile speaking to your GP to get some further support and advice.

Last reviewed: January 24, 2024 by John-Mark

Next review due: July 24, 2024

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