Find out more about your sleep patterns

Most adults need between 6 and 9 hours of sleep every night. Everyone has trouble sleeping at times. We all have nights where we find it hard to fall asleep or find ourselves waking up in the night.

Getting a full night of sleep is as important to our bodies as eating, drinking and breathing.   Sleep problems constitute a global epidemic that threatens health and quality of life for up to 45% of the world’s population.  Three elements of good quality sleep are:

duration that’s sufficient for the sleeper to be rested  – continuity without interuption –  depth should be enough to be restorative

Short reads on sleep

Checkout some interesting short reads on sleep ranging from articles on shift work sleep patterns to falling asleep with a racing mind to tracking your sleep. They can really help you get a fresh perspective on your best approach for a good sleep.

Two short clips about sleep

Ariana Huffington – How to succeed. Get more sleep (4mins 42 secs)
An inclusion and diversity perspective on sleep with a good dash of humour!

Professor Matthew Walker – Why do we sleep? (14 mins 2 secs)
Provides the key headlines of the current research, implications to long term health and functioning and practical tips to get better sleep.

Find out more about getting to sleep and sleep problems

The NHS offers a great range of different resources to support getting a good sleep from interactive videos to creating a sleep action plan to tailored advice.  NHS top tips on getting to sleep include:

stick to a sleep schedule – make sure you wind down – exercise daily – make your sure your bedroom and bed is sleep friendly

The organisation Mind for better mental health provides a guide to sleep problems and practical suggestions to what you can do.