Sleep is as essential to our bodies and our brains as eating, drinking and breathing.
We can all experience issues getting a good night's sleep and struggle to feel well if we have sleep problems. Our mental health can be affected if we don't get the sleep we need, and mental health problems can sometimes make it more difficult to get good sleep.
At Able Futures, we can help you understand what sleep does to your brain, learn how to develop a routine for good sleep and find help for mental health problems that are affecting your sleep or that are affected by a lack of sleep. Apply now for support with your mental health and sleep from Able Futures, at no charge to you.
There are some simple things you can do to help yourself have the best chance of sleeping well. Whether you work shifts and sleep during the day or you want to try to improve the quality of your eight hours sleep at night, here are some things you can try to help yourself establish a healthy sleep routine.
Apply for support for your mental wellbeing from Able Futures, which will give you up to nine months support from a mental health professional to tackle any mental health problems that are affecting your time at work.
While we are asleep our brain remains busy. Our brain doesn’t switch off when we turn off the bedside light but, during the third of our lives when we are asleep, our brains and our bodies do things differently to when we are awake.
Sleep is essential to our physical and mental wellbeing because it gives our brain a chance to recover and regenerate and to process memories and information in a way that it cannot do when we are awake. Some parts of the brain, such as those associated with learning and memory, are more active when we are asleep than when we are awake. And the genes that trigger our brains and bodies to restore themselves are only turned on when we are asleep, so if we have a disrupted sleep pattern it can be difficult to recover the energy and other resources we need to feel good during the day.
Are you experiencing sleep problems? Able Futures could help you find resources and support to help you sleep better.