I’m over a third of the way through #SelfCareSeptember and I’m not sure if it’s making the month go more slowly or much quicker! Hopefully you’ve been finding some of my Self Care tips interesting and haven’t all got too bored to tears of my wellbeing mission!
For today’s rather late entry I wanted to talk about sleep! According to the Sleep Council, nearly half of the adult population are getting six hours or less of sleep a night compared to the recommended average of 7-8 hours sleep. It might not seem like much of a different but sufficient sleep has been linked to improved memory, longer lives, an increase in grades and creativity, healthy weight and less chance of getting depression. All of those things sound pretty good to me!
My sleep is definitely heavily impacted on by my mental health, insomnia and mental health struggles seem to go really hand in hand for me. I know that lack of sleep is a real warning sign that my MH isn’t all that great, but it can be really hard for me to get into a better routine.
The Sleep Foundation have some great tips for having a better night’s sleep:
- Stick to a sleep schedule- as a child, we probably all had a bedtime routine at some point, so we should try and adopt one again, having a routine can help you to fall asleep and stay asleep throughout the night
- Practice bedtime rituals- there’s a fine line between helpful relaxation rituals and safety behaviours that can make the process of getting into bed really difficult, spend some time thinking about some soothing steps you could take in your routine before bed
- Avoid napping in the day
- Exercise daily
- If you can’t sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired
Why don’t you have a look at your sleep routine and see if you’re optimising those z’s. Considering it’s now gone 11pm and I’m still staring at a screen… I might have a go at reevaluating my sleep routine and get to my bed!