Whether you’ve had sleeping problems before COVID-19 or if they’ve only come on recently, there are concrete steps that you can take to improve your sleep during this global pandemic.
The National Sleep Foundation looks at the many challenges you may face at the moment, why sleep is so important right now and offers suggestions to help you get those needed hours of rest.
Watch (55 mins): Sleep well, led by Ellie Sturrock
A session covering the biology, beliefs and distress around sleep. It teaches several strategies to use from tonight onwards to help you improve your sleep.
Informed by work from CBT for insomnia and the work of Dr Neil Stanley sleep specialist and author of the book ‘How to Sleep Well’.
Ellie has also prepared some notes to go with the presentation. Download the notes as a pdf.
Read: a presentation from our physios on tips and tricks for better sleep
Simple changes you can make now to get a better night’s sleep
If you only have 10 minutes…
Take a few moments to wind down, with these 5-10 videos or audio clips. Or come back to them at bedtime, and see if they make a difference.
Try this simple two-minute visualisation from Headspace to soothe the mind, relax the body and wind down for a restful night’s sleep:
Six scientifically-grounded tips for setting the stage for a good night’s sleep from sleep scientist Matt Walker:
These 10-minute sleepcast tasters from Headspace use sound and visualisation to create the perfect atmosphere for healthy, restful sleep. Each one begins with a short wind-down followed by a journey through a landscape with its own dreamy atmosphere.