What are sleeping problems?
Sleep is very important for our health and has a big influence on our mood, our ability to think and our overall well-being. After sleep we tend to wake up feeling refreshed and ready for the next day. Some nights we may struggle to go to bed or remain asleep. However, if you suffer from sleeping problems then you may find that the inability to get to sleep is a daily occurrence. As a result you may still feel tired in the morning and not as refreshed as you’d like to be.
How do you know you have sleeping problems?
If you suffer from sleeping problems, then you are likely to suffer from the following issues:
Although there are many reasons why someone may be having trouble sleeping, insomnia can often be caused by:
Sleeping problems can be fixed
There are many things you can try to improve your sleep, including:
Try to do regular exercise but not too close to bed time
Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day so that you build a routine
Avoid caffeine, including tea, coffee and caffeinated drinks
Avoid drinking a lot of alcohol before bed
Try to go to bed at bedtime and try not to panic if you’re not falling asleep
If you’ve been awake for hours, it might be worth doing something like reading a book, meditating or listening to some relaxing music.
Relaxation exercises (See Mindfulness Information Sheet)
If these don’t work and your problems persist, it may be that there are things on your mind that are stopping you from getting the sleep you need. Off The Record provides a range of services to support young people through tough times. If you are struggling to sleep, make the first step by giving us a call.
You can call us from 10am-1pm to speak to a counsellor for confidential support.