Healthy sleeping habits

Better sleep habits can improve our ability to manage stress, to create better relationships, productivity and our overall sense of wellbeing.

For better overall health, both physically and mentally we need good quality sleep. Lack of sleep can make any mental health difficulties more apparent and can also cause you to become physically unwell. When we create a better bedtime routine we allow ourselves to get more rest, better sleep, and give our bodies the chance to repair and renew from the impact of stress and every day life.

Here are some tips for a better night’s sleep:

  1. Organise yourself so that you have a set bedtime every day
  2. Create a restful sleeping area
  3. Avoid digital screens for at least an hour before bed (phone, TV & laptop)
  4. Put your phone on silent or airplane mode during the night
  5. Eat healthily and not too close to bedtime
  6. Reduce your caffeine intake (particularly in the afternoon)
  7. Cut back on alcohol and smoking

Read more tips for optimising your sleep at the National Sleep Foundation.