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Sleep well

Difficulty falling asleep is a common challenge, and its causes can vary across different stages of life. Factors such as illness, work-related stress, or the arrival of a new baby can all play a role in these sleep issues.

Sleep troubles are common and can be influenced by various factors such as stress, anxiety, or even personal sleep patterns. While occasional sleepless nights are normal, persistent issues affecting your daily life should be addressed.

An adult usually needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep but age, health and personal circumstances can affect how much sleep we need. Here are some useful tips to improve your sleep:

  1. Ensure you have a comfortable sleep environment.
  2. Complete some moderate exercise, preferably during the day.
  3. Relax before bedtime; consider aromatherapy.
  4. Address or note down unresolved issues before sleep.
  5. Engage in calming activities like reading or listening to music.

For night workers in the NHS,: coping with night shifts is crucial as these can disrupt our circadian rhythms (our internal clock). Here are seven life hacks from NHS Professionals: (opens in a new tab)

  1. Take a 30-minute nap
  2. Eat small portions throughout the shift
  3. Limit caffeine intake
  4. Stay hydrated
  5. Keep busy during your shift
  6. Communicate with your co-workers

Safe sleep webinars (hosted by OH)