Having a good night’s sleep is very important as it is a factor to how your day is going to go. If you don’t have a good night’s sleep, then this can affect your mental health. This is because your body doesn’t have the energy to do anything making you feel de- motivated and low. So, even if trying one of the following tips can help you in a small way, then it’s worth it!
1) Avoid looking at the news before you go to sleep
Looking at the news can fill your head of all the troubles and worries of the world and this can show in your sleep pattern / dreams. Catching up on it in the morning can be better, as you have had a full night’s sleep to process it.
2) Create a routine for yourself
Creating a routine can help provide some normality and stability in your life when things feel out of control. Taking an hour at night to have structure can improve your mood and your sleep even if it is having a shower, drying your hair and reading a book. The same routine every night will help you fall asleep every night.
3) Try to sleep and wake up at consistent times
When we go to bed at the same night every night, our body starts to recognise that time. It can start to power down and when you wake up at the same time every day, then the body recognises that’s when it needs to restart for the day. This gives your body a routine and it will start to follow this routine, letting you get a better night’s sleep.
4) Reduce irregular or long naps in the day time
We all think that when were bored, why not just take a quick nap – what else is their to do? This is a bad habit that can affect your sleeping pattern as you are not tired when you go to bed. It is best to keep awake during the day, so that your body knows that night time is for sleeping
5) Have a relaxing bath or shower
It is good to take time for you and having a bath or shower is really good to help. The water helps the cooling down process which helps your body fall into a deeper sleep. If you don’t want to wet your hair, then you can always just wet your feet with warm water to help you to sleep better.
Accessing Support at College…
We all struggle with mental health at times – it is just like when we get sick. Trust your instincts – if you feel that you need help, then seek help. You know you best!
At the college you can access Together All. Together All is a safe online community that can help support your mental health, 24/7 through online resources, other members and trained professionals.