How to improve our sleep

Sleep is important. It affects our physical and mental health. Most adults need between 6-9 hours of sleep per night.

When we have a lot on our mind, one of the first things to suffer is our sleep. We may struggle to get to sleep in the first place, or may wake in the night and find it hard to get back to sleep.

If we are finding sleep a problem there are a few things to consider that may help. Having a good routine in which our body and mind are being prepared for sleep can make a big difference. This may mean limiting screen time in the period before sleeping, not eating heavy or rich foods in the late evening and making sure where we sleep is a pleasant, calming environment. Not taking naps in the day, getting plenty daylight and exercise are important. Many find listening to an audio book helps them drop off to sleep.

Seeing a counsellor provides a chance to talk over our unique situation and can help us improve our self-care including our sleep. If we find ourselves waking up and not able to sleep it may be that there are things in our minds that really need attention. Therapy provides a safe space for our anxieties to be explored and processed. We can gain support and new perspectives, and take decisions which help us move forward positively. This can lead us to be less anxious in the daytime which is key to improving our sleep.

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