Impact of Sleep Problems
It is estimated that 1 in 10 people suffer with sleep problems and this rises to 1 in 5 in the over 65 age group. Sleep problems include difficulty going to sleep, early waking and problems staying asleep. The impact on daily functioning and mood can be severe. Poor sleeping can impact on our mood and energy levels. When we are tired we can find it hard to cope with everyday challenges and may feel snappy and irritable.
What causes Sleep Problems?
There are a number of physical problems which may disturb sleep, for example acid reflux with heartburn. Sleep problems may be associated with depression and anxiety. People experiencing stressful events may find that their sleeping patterns are disrupted.
What can help with Sleep Problems?
Please refer to your GP.
Counselling may be helpful if you are feeling worried by exploring the underlying reasons and looking at changes you could make in your life.
Many clients find that using relaxation techniques helps them to fall asleep and to resume sleep if they wake during the night.
Sleep hygiene refers to adopting certain habits which may promote sleep. The following are examples of good sleep hygiene behaviours:
Establish a bedtime routine.
Avoid caffeine after late afternoon.
Avoid excessive alcohol.
Avoid heavy food before bedtime.
Ensure bedroom is appropriate temperature (ideal is 18 C) and sufficiently dark and quiet.
Avoid strenuous exercise before bed.
Avoid napping during the day.
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