Help with Sleep Difficulties

Sleep disorders are conditions that result in changes in the way that you sleep. A sleep disorder can affect your overall health, safety and quality of life.

Some of the signs and symptoms of sleep disorders include extreme daytime sleepiness, irregular breathing or increased movement during sleep. Other signs and symptoms include an irregular sleep and wake cycle and difficulty falling asleep.

If you are struggling with sleeping there may be some things you can try to do to help yourself:

  • incorporating more vegetables and fish into your diet, and reducing sugar intake
  • reducing stress and anxiety by exercising and stretching
  • creating and sticking to a regular sleeping schedule
  • drinking less water before bedtime
  • limiting your caffeine intake, especially in the late afternoon or evening ( caffeine can be in things like fizzy drinks and coffee)
  • decreasing tobacco and alcohol use
  • eating smaller low carbohydrate meals before bedtime
  • maintaining a healthy weight based on your doctor’s recommendations

If your sleep problems continue for a long time or the things you have tried are not helping you should talk to your GP or someone you trust.

Sleep Diary

Articles & Guides

Young Minds – Guide to sleep problems

Ways in which you can get support with your sleeping problems

What to do if you’re struggling to sleep

Young minds have produced a short blog with tips on building a routine to improve sleep

Trouble Sleeping?

NHS Every Mind Matters provide advice and support about a range of things impacting on sleep

Video

What you can do for sleep problems

A short video published by NHS Every Mind Matters about how you can help improve your sleep

Downloads

Helping you to keep a diary and log of your sleep patterns