Sleeping Well

Being a carer can be demanding and caring can often interrupt your sleep. Sleep is vital to your well-being both physically and mentally, so it is important to try and get back on track with good sleep habits as soon as you can.

Here are some sleep tips you can try:

Keep regular sleep hours

Making a habit of going to bed when you feel tired and getting up at roughly the same time helps teach your body to sleep better. Try to avoid napping where possible.

Confront sleeplessness

If you are lying awake and unable to sleep, do not force it. Get up and do something relaxing for a bit, and return to bed when you feel sleepier.

Create a restful environment

Dark, quiet and cool environments generally make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.

If you often lie awake worrying about tomorrow, make it a part of your daily routine before bed to write a list for the next day. This can help put your mind at rest.

Move more, sleep better

Regular exercise is good for your physical health and your mind too – and being active during the day can help you sleep better. Just remember to avoid vigorous activity near bedtime if it affects your sleep. Better Health: Home workout videos

Put down the pick-me-ups

Caffeine and alcohol can stop you falling asleep and prevent deep sleep. Try to cut down on alcohol and avoid caffeine close to bedtime.

And finally…

You may find our page on Coping with Stress helpful as well as these tips from Carers Trust.