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Sleep problems and insomnia self-help guide
Sleep problems and insomnia self-help guide

Click the link below to view and download a PDF guide from NHS Inform (link to PDF at bottom of page). https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/mental-health/mental-health-self-help-guides/bereavement-and-grief-self-help-guide#  

An overview of sleep
An overview of sleep

The amount of sleep required by each person varies. On average, people sleep between 7-9 hours a night, depending on a variety of things. Some people can function well with only 5-6 hours of sleep a night, whereas others may need up to 10 hours. It’s important that you find your own level.

Why do I feel so tired?
Why do I feel so tired?

There may be aspects of your lifestyle that are contributing to your tiredness. You might be feeling that you don’t have enough time in your day, or you might have developed unhelpful habits. Have a look at some of the following lifestyle factors to see if they’re relevant to you:

What can I do to manage my tiredness?
What can I do to manage my tiredness?

Sleep hygiene involves following a set of rules that will help you get a good night’s sleep. This usually involves having a wind-down routine, making your bedroom sleep-friendly and sleeping at regular times. Get more tips on getting better sleep here.

What causes sleep problems
What causes sleep problems

All sorts of things can disrupt our sleep. Stress and strain can lead to sleep problems in the short term, but your sleep should go back to normal once the stress has resolved. If you’re continuing to have difficulty sleeping, this is usually because bad sleeping habits have developed, or worries about sleeping have started to take over.

Understanding the sleep cycle
Understanding the sleep cycle

Sleep is vital for our minds and bodies. While we sleep, our brains process memories and sort out things that have happened in the day. Sleep also gives our muscles much needed rest and helps our bodies restore, heal and grow. The harder our bodies work, the more rest they need.

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