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Sleep Tips 

Eat well sleep well 

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Sign up for Suffolk Mind’s tutored online Sleep Well Be Well course

Suffolk Mind are offering a FREE ZOOM course with advice and tips on how to sleep well

• Good sleep vs. bad sleep habits
• The role of dream sleep
• Reduce worrying
• Wake up refreshed and ready to go
• Practical tools and techniques

There are 10 spaces for every date available below so sign up as soon as you can!

Tick your preferred course dates by Friday 21st August.

26th August – 1.30pm-3pm
2nd September – 5pm-6.30pm
9th September – 5pm-6.30pm
16th September – 1.30pm-3pm

You will be sent details about how to Zoom onto the course.                                                                                                                                                              If you have any questions about the course then contact: interactive@suffolkmind.org.uk

 

 

Click on One You for more help you get healthier and feel better with free tips, tools and support. Whether it’s moving more, eating more healthily, checking yourself and Every Mind Matters – One You can help you make small, practical changes that fit in with your life.

Sleep tips

Most of us feel better after a good night’s sleep, but with the pressures of modern living and balancing raising families with work life, lots of people find it harder to get the sleep they need.

Many people suffer with sleep disorders and about eighty percent of the population feel they are not getting enough or the right quality of sleep.

What can you do to get better sleep?

So what can we do to get better sleep?                                                      Here are some pointers which experts recommend:

 

  • Learn and practice relaxation exercises                                                      to help you to go off to sleep more easily
  • Work on addressing unmet emotional needs –                                            so that there is less to worry about!
  • Have regular going to bed and getting times – and stick to them
  • Cut down on caffeine in the second half of the day
  • Avoid watching TV or internet surfing in the                                          two hours before we go to bed
  • Avoid using smartphones in bed

Written by Ezra Hewing, Head of Mental Health Education, Suffolk Mind READ IN FULL HERE.

Public Health England and NHS’s One You have great tips, tools and advice if you have trouble sleeping.

Sign up for a FREE place on Suffolk Minds Sleep Well Be Well Course (limited places available).                                                                                    Places will be allocated on a first-place basis with a waiting list. 

DUE TO CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) NOTE SLEEP COURSES ARE POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

You are welcome to sign up and indicate the area of your choice and we will contact you when we have re set the dates for the course.

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Make sure the light, temperature and the sound level in your room is suitable 

Pain or illness or other physical issues can disrupt your sleep. Visit your GP to investigate potential problems. 

TVs, computers and phones all stimulate your brain, making it hard for you to relax. 

Snoring, preferred side of the bed and other common issues can often be easily resolved.  

In a comfortable position, breath in deeply – then breath out slowly. try to make your our breath longer than your in breath. repeat untill relaxed. 

Try to do more worrying tasks at the start of the day so you can relax the rest of the day. 

Caffeine, alcohol and sugary foods can disrupt your sleep.

This may help you spot a patterns in everyday sleeping habits and give you insights into what might be causing you the problems. 

This will improve your sleep as long as it is not too late in the evening. 

Some of the drugs particularly common for mental health problems can effect your health can effect your sleep. Talk to your GP to discuss alternatives

More advice can be found on the : Have you found your sleep pattern? Suffolk Mind website 

You could also try the Sleep Council’s 30 Day Better Sleep Plan

 And The Sleep Council Nodcasts Includes the sounds of birdsong, rain, thunder and lightning, waves and wind to listen to whenever you need a soothing sound to help you off to sleep.

Eating well to sleep well 

Healthy food swaps for Sleeping Well (download on its way! Look again in October)

Advice from The Sleep Council

  • If you’re stocking up on caffeine to stay awake during the day and having a glass or two of alcohol at night to help you relax, it’s going to be playing havoc with your sleep patterns. Try and avoid caffeine 4-5 hours before bedtime; have a hot milky drink or a herbal tea instead. And cut out the alcohol until you’ve got your sleep patterns under control and then keep within recommended limits.
  • Certain foods are known to calm the brain and help promote sleep. Avoid eating a big meal and spicy food just before bedtime as it can lead to discomfort and indigestion, but a small snack may be helpful for some. The best bedtime snack is one that contains complex carbohydrates and protein and perhaps some calcium – which is why dairy products (yoghurt, milk) are top sleep-inducing foods.

One You has tips, advice and tools to help you Sleep Well 

Find out about how what you eat can have an impact on how you sleep . See Sleep Well Food Swaps.

 

Eat Well Sleep Well

Sleep Apps 

Acknowledgement to Suffolk Mind for assisting with the content of this page