March is National Bed Month !!

We all need sleep – good quality sleep is important to keep our minds and bodies healthy.  Sometimes we don’t get enough sleep – this can affect our mood, behaviour, concentration and health. 

Here are some hints that can help improve your sleep.

  • Make sure that your bedroom is quiet and dark.  
  • Switch off TV’s PC’s, mobiles or tablets at least 30 minutes before you are going to bed.
  • Although you may think bedtime routines are just for little kids, having a regular routine can really help improve your sleep.
  • You may like your lie-in at the week-end but sleep improves if you can wake up the same time everyday.
  • Avoid drinks that have caffeine in before bed as these can keep you awake rather than help you to sleep.
  • Sometimes there may be things happening around you that can make you anxious, worried or excited.  This can affect your sleep.
  • Illness can disturb sleep and it may take a couple of weeks to return to your usual sleep pattern.
  • Everyone has partial wakings during the night (even if you don’t remember waking up!); the key is to be able to fall back asleep again.  For some that will mean re-creating the bedtime conditions, including pulling the bedding back onto the bed etc.

 Common sleep difficulties include:

  • Not being able to fall asleep.
  • Lying awake in bed for hours.
  • Waking frequently throughout the night.
  • Waking early in the morning.
  • Nightmares or Night terrors

If you are having trouble sleeping and it has lasted more than two weeks, then speaking to your school nurse, or GP, or CAMHS worker can help.

 

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