SleepDrive - Are You Getting Enough Sleep?
SleepDrive is all about increasing awareness of how much sleep you need, quality sleep and how to analyse your sleep levels and how best to overcome sleep issues. How many people has ever stopped and thought, how much sleep do i actually need? What type of sleep is it and is it enough?
This Drive helps you take a closer look at your own sleep needs. Again throughout YouDrive we try to help you stop and not kneejerk but to get to know more about your body, how it works, how to get the best out of you and how to maintain yourself. We don’t want you to guess but to analyse what good looks like so you can compare.
Sleep deprivation in the UK is a major issue and affects a significant number of people. Lack of sleep can affect your mental health and stop you carrying out your normal daily life functions. The NHS carried out a survey and some of the headlines are shown below.
The UK’s Mental Health Foundation did a report on sleep, including an ongoing survey of over 6,700 people. Some of the results from this are shown below.
as many people with insomnia reported relationship difficulties
were classified as possibly having ‘chronic insomnia’.
who said they were in poor health had poorer sleep
who said they were in good health had good sleep.
The NHS report by Sleepio
The report’s referred to above was carried out by an organisation called Sleepio, and recommendations include the following:
• The importance of good sleep should be highlighted in public health campaigns.
• GPs should be trained on the benefits of sleep.
• Public health strategy should include a specific objective to reduce sleep problems.
• New national guidance is needed on managing insomnia using non-drug treatments.
• People with sleep problems should have access to psychological therapies, in particular cognitive behavioural therapy.
You can do the NHS sleep self-assessment.
Sleep Council Tips
- Create a restful sleeping environment. Your bedroom should be kept for rest and sleep and it should be neither too hot, nor too cold; and as quiet and dark as possible. For more information click here
- Make sure your bed is comfortable. It’s difficult to get deep, restful sleep on one that’s too soft, too hard, too small or too old. If you’re not sure if you need a new bed, the NBF website has lots of advice
- Take more exercise. Regular, moderate exercise such as swimming or walking can help relieve the day’s stresses and strains. But not too close too bedtime or it may keep you awake!
- Cut down on stimulants such as caffeine in tea or coffee – especially in the evening. They interfere with falling asleep and prevent deep sleep. Have a hot milky drink or herbal tea instead.
- Don’t over-indulge. Too much food or alcohol, especially late at night, just before bedtime, can play havoc with sleep patterns. Alcohol may help you fall asleep initially, but will interrupt your sleep later on in the night.
- Don’t smoke. Yes, it’s bad for sleep, too: smokers take longer to fall asleep, wake more often and often experience more sleep disruption.
- Try to relax before going to bed. Have a warm bath, listen to some quiet music, do some yoga – all help to relax both the mind and body. Your doctor may be able to recommend a helpful relaxation tape, too.
- Deal with worries or a heavy workload by making lists of things to be tackled the next day.
- If you can’t sleep, don’t lie there worrying about it. Get up and do something.
The Sleep Council
is an organisation established in 1995 that raises awareness of the importance of a good night’s sleep on health and well-being. These are their tips for helping sleep.
These are tips from the Sleep Council. Click on a heading to see what they say.
The perfect sleep environment
Sleep Council tips for good sleeping
An increasing amount of detailed sleep studies and accessible information means that we’re becoming more and more aware of the importance of sleep. People are now making sleep a priority.
Scientific breakthroughs have benefited us all in the sleep department, but at the same time, we’ve been hindered. We’re in an age of the internet, smartphones and non-stop high-pressure jobs, which means most of us are partaking in activities that have a negative effect on our sleep.
In order to enjoy a restful night’s sleep, you must pay some attention to your environment. Here are the top six things that should be considered.
To use the NHS self assessment on insomnia in a new window click here
Sleepstation is a six week online therapy course for insomnia
To see the Sleep Council website click here
The Mental Health Organisation has a report on sleep from 2011 – click here to download