Can’t Sleep?

Four Tips To Better Sleep:

It’s normal for most people to experience trouble getting to sleep occasionally, especially when stressed or when we have a lot going on. However, persistent sleep difficulties can have a detrimental effect on physical, emotional and mental health. In turn, impacting on relationships, work and social aspects of life.
Here are 4 strategies you can try that you might find helpful with your sleep.

  1. TURN OFF – Turn off electronic devices at least 30 minutes before bedtime.
  2. ROUTINE – Get up and go to bed the same time every day.
  3. GET UP AND TRY AGAIN LATER – If you’re not asleep within 30 minutes, get up and try doing something relaxing and calming. Try going back to bed again when you’re feeling sleepy.
  4. MIND DUMP– Lying in bed worrying or thinking about the events of the day, or thinking about what you need to get done tomorrow can keep you awake and prevent sleep. Getting these thoughts, worries or that to do list out of your head and onto paper can be really helpful. In other words “dumping” the contents of your mind onto the paper. This helps to clear the mind of worries and allows you to engage sleep. If they pop up again, remind yourself they are all down on paper and you will manage them later.

Watch the video entitled Managing Your Insomnia for a more in-depth discussion on improving your sleep.
To learn more or get help developing an individualised treatment program for sleep issues call Thriving Minds Psychology Clinic on 0428 088 671

Melissa Johnson

Psychologist/ Director
Thriving Minds Psychology Clinic