Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week 2000 1138 Jen Craig

Mental Health Awareness Week

Everyone’s mental health is important, just as much as their physical health. Every year the Mental Health Foundation takes a week to zone in on one aspect of wellbeing. Mental health awareness week 2020 sees sleep as the main focus.

Sleep in the modern world

People today get, on average, 90 minutes less sleep than our 1920’s counterparts. Busy lives, ease of access to technology, and the dreaded “blue light” from screens all affect the sleep we get. Lack of sleep is a major issue to our health. It can cause physical illness, including increasing the likeliness of heart disease. It also puts a strain on our mental wellbeing, increasing feelings of stress and anxiety. Not to mention the direct correlation between sleep deprivation and road accidents.

Get a better night’s sleep

People today get, on average, 90 minutes less sleep than our 1920’s counterparts. Busy lives, ease of access to technology, and the dreaded “blue light” from screens all affect the sleep we get. Lack of sleep is a major issue to our health. It can cause physical illness, including increasing the likeliness of heart disease. It also puts a strain on our mental wellbeing, increasing feelings of stress and anxiety. Not to mention the direct correlation between sleep deprivation and road accidents.

Top Tips

There are steps you can take that will help you get a better and consistant nights sleep. These include:

  • Avoiding cafinated drinks including tea and coffee before bed. You should also steer clear of alcohol.
  • Try to establish a routine. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day means your brain will be conditioned to relax at bedtime.
  • Excersie is great for a good night sleep, but try to do it at least 3 hours before bed.
  • If you are having trouble sleeping, try not to stress about it. Get up and do something that relaxes you; a book, some calming music, or knitting.

Certain conditions can lead to trouble sleeping. Insomnia, sleep apnoea, and narcolepsy all affect the quality and amount of sleep you get. If you experience any of these issues you should consult your GP. Get more information at mentalhealth.org.uk.

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