Programme: How to sleep better
Imagine you are trying to sleep on a plane during a long flight. You’re slumped in your seat, trying to find a comfortable sleeping position. You can hear people talking, the man in the next seat gets up to go to the toilet, another passenger has their window blind open and the light is shining straight into your eyes. Just as you drop off, the cabin crew come by to serve the meal. This - as you might have already guessed - is a less than ideal sleep environment.
Although these are not circumstances most people have to deal with on a daily basis, the same sleep factors apply: light, noise, food, body position and rhythm can all affect our sleep in a positive or negative way. We usually sleep at night time, but the sleep-process is part of a 24-hour cycle. We need to work on optimising our sleep environment both during the day and at night.
When it comes to sleep, we are all unique; methods and advice for improving the sleep environment will vary from one person to the next. However, there are some general guidelines which can help the average poor-sleeper to sleep better. Here are some things to try:
There is a huge amount of information available about how to sleep better. This podcast by the Brain Foundation will help you to separate the fact from the fiction.
Answer these questions and share your answers with your online psychologist, your partner and/or a friend:
1. How well is your bedroom set up for its intended purpose, i.e. sleeping?
2. Our sleep environment requirements may change as time goes by: perhaps you have young children, you have moved to a busy street or you have been experiencing back problems. Think carefully about whether your sleep environment is really suitable for your current circumstances.
3. Which areas could you improve upon? Think about light, noise, nutrition, sleeping position and rhythm. Can you take the first step today towards making some changes?New to OpenUp? Welcome