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.Most adults need between 6 and 9 hours of sleep every night.

How we sleep and how much we need is individual to all of us and changes over time.  We can all benefit from improving the quality of our sleep.  We spend about a third of our lives asleep. Sleeping helps us to recover from mental as well as physical exertion so it is vital for maintaining good mental and physical health.

Getting a full night of sleep. It’s an essential and enjoyable activity that’s as important to our bodies as eating, drinking and breathing.

   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

Interesting articles and guides on sleep can really help you get a fresh perspective on your best approach for a good sleep. The articles and guides cover topics like a racing mind to shift work to tracking your sleep.

See below for 2 clips about sleep:

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

2.  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.

also provides publications on how to sleep better.