We've created an infographic with 8 tips to help get better sleep, included some helpful sleep resources, and provided details of our short workplace training course with strategies to promote a good night's sleep.
Many of us experience trouble sleeping. Constant digital demands, the impact of the cost of living crisis, and being bombarded with the negative news cycle can lead to preoccupations and distractions which can affect our ability to sleep.
However, we also know that we don't function on all cylinders after too few hours or a disturbed night's sleep. We are less productive, less motivated, less creative, and more prone to making mistakes which, depending on our role, could be disastrous.
Economically, it's believed that sleep deprivation could be costing the UK £37billion in lost productivity, highlighting that better sleep should be both an individual and an organisational goal.
Healthy sleeping habits, or “sleep hygiene” as it is often referred, can make a big difference. It can help to go back to basics and think about what has happened to disrupt our sleeping pattern and what actions we might take to help us sleep well.
We have devised the infographic below with a few helpful pointers:
Some helpful resources for better sleep
- The independent non-profit mental health website, HelpGuide.org explore different types and treatments of sleep problems and disorders along with tips and Q&A's within their sleep section.
- A recent hack on the Happiful site suggests 5 morning rituals to help you sleep more soundly.
- A recent addition to our own Ask the Expert series provides some tips and answers to FAQ's about sleep.
- To help employers take a positive, preventative and proactive approach to support employee sleep and recovery, Business in the Community have a Sleep and Recovery Tookit available to download from their website.
Training Course - Strategies to Promote a Good Night's Sleep
A 2-hour virtual course delivered to organisational teams in-house. The workshop gives learners the opportunity to explore the main reasons as to why we don’t sleep better, identify healthier habits and routines, and explore strategies and actions to increase sleep effectiveness.
Actions to sleep well 8 tips for 8 hours
Make sleep matter - be in bed for 8 hours or be sleep-deprived.
Adopt a pre-bedtime routine - do relaxing things to prepare for sleep and avoid technology.
Eat and drink healthily - a healthy, hydrated diet works wonder. Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol.
Make consistency your goal - aim for the same time to bed, and to rise and shine, whatever the day.
Get your sleeping quarters right - comfortable, cool, dark and quiet, with no activities in the bedroom other than sleep and sex.
Exercise and relaxation are important - build these into your day; but remember, it's better to relax later on.
Deal with stress during the day - so that you don't have to deal with it again at night.
When you're awake, get up! - after 20 minutes, get up and do something less boring, until you feel sleepy again.
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