Your body and your brain need sleep! During sleep, the brain sorts through and stores information, replaces chemicals, and even solves problems while you sleep. Sleep helps with mental, physical, social and emotional development.
Sleep problems usually sort themselves out within about a month. But longer stretches of bad sleep can start to affect our lives. It can cause extreme tiredness and make usually manageable tasks harder.
An adult needs roughly 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
A lack of sleep can affect:
- Your work performance
- Your mood
- Your concentration
- Your immune system
- Your memory
- Your weight
A few websites to support with sleep are below:
- The Sleep Charity is an award-winning charity empowering the nation to sleep better.
They provide good advice on creating a bedtime routine.
- Sleep problems - Every Mind Matters is an NHS website which provides tips to get to sleep, and how to sleep better.
- Adults - The Sleep Charity give guidance on different elements relating to sleep, such as your environment and even hygiene.
Sleepful offers courses based on proven cognitive behavioural therapy techniques to help you get a good night’s sleep.