Sleep Problems? 7 Essential Resources to Help
1. How to track your problems with a sleep diaryTrying to work out why you can’t sleep? A sleep diary is an effective way to track your sleep patterns and your behaviour in the hours before bedtime – so that you can identify possible causes of your sleeplessness.
For adults, we like this simple printable sleep diary from the NHS. It’s easy to complete and will help you build a full picture of your sleeping routine.
For children, we like this colourful sleep diary from the US Sleep Foundation. It’s packed with fun illustrations and some snooze-inducing puzzles, all of which should encourage your kids to record their routine and improve their sleep hygiene.
2. How to cope with mental health and sleep problemsExperiencing a mental health problem such as depression or anxiety can create sleep problems too. On the flipside, sleeplessness can also affect our ability to cope with day-to-day challenges, making existing mental health problems even more difficult to manage. Mental health charity Mind has put together a useful resource to explain the links between sleep and mental wellbeing. It also provides a whole host of tips to help you sleep better, whatever your worries.
Read the article here: https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/types-of-mental-health-problems/sleep-problems
3. How to identify if stress is causing your sleep problemsCan’t sleep and not sure why? Could stress be the cause? Even low levels of stress can hinder our ability to get a good night’s shut-eye. The challenge? We’re not always aware that we’re feeling stressed. The Sleep Council’s stress test is a quick and easy way to find out if pressure at work or home is disrupting your sleep. Answer ten simple questions to see how you rate on the stress-o-meter.
Take the stress test here: http://www.sleepcouncil.org.uk/take-our-stress/
4. How to manage your physical health and sleep problemsSleeplessness isn’t always connected with our mental health – it can be affected by our physical health too. The NHS has put together a useful list of 10 common medical conditions that can cause tiredness, from coeliac disease to thyroid problems and even glandular fever.
If you’re struggling with your sleeping routine and also have one of the conditions on this list, you may find it useful to speak with your GP or practice nurse to find out how they can help you manage your condition.
Read the full article here: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/tiredness-and-fatigue/Pages/medical-causes-of-tiredness.aspx
5. How to help kids sleep betterBedtime routines are a common battleground between parents and children. After all, it’s not just adults who experience problems sleeping. The NHS has a wealth of advice on this topic, including an excellent article on Healthy Sleep Tips for Children, providing info on everything from relaxation techniques to seeking extra help.
If you’re the parent or grandparent of a teenager with sleep troubles, this article on Why Teens Sleep Too Much is a great resource to help you understand this phase in their development – and the impact that lack of sleep can have. It may even help you to have a conversation with them about their problems with sleeping.
6. How to manage night sweatsBeing too warm at night is one of the most common causes of sleep problems in adults. Night sweats, where you wake feeling hot and clammy, are particularly difficult – especially if you’re going through the menopause, or have certain medical conditions, such as diabetes. That’s why we put together a guide to help you understand the common causes of night sweats and how to relieve the symptoms naturally for a better night’s sleep.
Read the full article here: http://www.thewoolroom.com/sleep-health-and-advice/
7. How to unwind with the right sleep soundtrackStruggle to sleep in a silent room? You’re not alone. Plenty of us find it more soothing to sleep with a soundtrack playing in the background. But instead of leaving the TV (and those sleep-inhibiting blue lights) playing while you try to nod off, try this soothing alternative from the Sleep Council.
Their Nodcasts are based on research to understand what sounds help us unwind. The result? Choose from five different slumber-enhancing soundtracks, including birdsong, rain and waves.
Find it here: http://www.sleepcouncil.org.uk/nodcasts/
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