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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.

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 

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Advice from The Sleep Council

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  • 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.

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