Sleep allows your mind to unwind and de-stress. It also helps your brain to make sense of the day, and enables your body to fight illnesses better. Sleep and mood effect each other, so try and boost how much good quality sleep you are getting each night.
A few tips to help you sleep well:
- Try making a list of the things you need to do tomorrow before you go to bed so that they aren’t on your mind when you are trying to sleep.
- If you can’t sleep, then don’t lie in bed worrying about it, get up and do something relaxing until you feel sleepy before returning to bed.
- Moderate exercise (that raises your heart rate and makes you breathe faster and feel warmer) on a regular basis can help to relieve tension and aid sleep.
- Cut down on caffeine, particularly in the evenings, as it can interfere with falling asleep and prevent deep sleep. Try switching to a warm milky drink or herbal tea instead.
- Try to have a regular routine for your sleep – going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time each day can really help.
- Avoid using phones, tablets or watching TV for around an hour before bed.
- Think about the room you are sleeping in – is it a good temperature? Is it dark enough?
For more tips and advice on sleep visit the One You and NHS Choices websites:
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