Your mood

Sleep and mood affect each other. Not getting enough sleep can take its toll on your mind and can even lead to mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. People who don’t get enough sleep might find they feel depressed, and people who are depressed may find they don’t sleep well enough.

Your lifestyle

Being more active can help you sleep better, though anything energetic like cycling or running should be done in the morning or late afternoon. Avoid caffeine, nicotine, large meals and alcohol too near to bedtime as these can keep you awake.

Your surroundings

It’s important to have a bedtime routine where you wind down ready for sleep and go to bed at a set time. Your bedroom should be a peaceful place for rest and sleep. Temperature, lighting and noise should be controlled so that your bedroom environment helps you to fall (and stay) asleep.  All distractions, like your TV, computer and phone should be removed from your bedroom.


Some medicines can affect sleep. Check any tablets you are taking and speak to your GP if your sleep is badly affected.

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