A survey by the Mental Health Foundation found that nearly a third of the population are severely sleep deprived, often because of job and money worries.
Top tips to beat insomnia
Whilst disturbed sleep can be related to a medical problem, for many, simple changes in lifestyle can make all the difference. When it comes to sleep, it is not just quantity that matters, it is also about quality. The things that you do in the daytime can affect how well you sleep at night.
If you are having difficulties getting off to sleep, you might want to try the following:-
- keep a regular routine, go to bed and get up at the same time
- don’t eat a heavy meal late at night
- get more exercise, however, avoid exercising late at night
- ensure you have a good bed and pillow
- cut down on stimulants such as tea and coffee, in particular in the evening
- postpone worrying until the morning.
You could also try keeping a sleep diary as this can help to uncover lifestyle habits that can contribute to insomnia.
Too stressed to sleep?
People with long-term sleep problems can develop unhelpful thoughts and associations with sleep that can make the problem worse. In these instances, talking therapy can help people to change negative patterns of thinking and behaviour. If you are struggling with stress, depression or anxiety, call us to find out how our Wardley wellbeing talking therapies can help you.
Are money worries keeping you awake at night?
Don’t lie awake at night worrying about money. We can refer you for free and confidential debt advice. A specially trained Citizens Advice adviser will help you, for example, to prepare a financial statement or reschedule payments to creditors. In some instances, we can also provide financial assistance towards essential expenditure in times of hardship.
Are you lying awake at night worrying about meetings, deadlines and mistakes that you may or may not have made? Here are our suggestions to help combat work-related stress and get you on your way to a good night’s sleep:-
- tie up loose ends at work each day, don’t leave jobs unfinished unless you really have to
- learn to leave work at work, make time for yourself, your family and your friends
- if you are being bullied, seek employment advice
- if your job is causing you serious stress, consider a change of sector, or even an alternative career.
Still struggling to sleep?
For further information on sleep disorders, tips on how to get to sleep at night, and a range of other sleep related topics, such as finding sleep clinics and accessing nodcasts, see our newly updated Sleep fact sheet.