Recent research shows that fewer than 40% of adults in the UK get the recommended 7-8 hours sleep at night. Good quality, unbroken sleep is important because lack of sleep has been linked to irritability, low mood and reduced ability to focus during the day.
In other words poor sleep undermines our functioning. If you can improve your sleep it may help you
It might seem hard to believe that improving sleep could help you find direction in life, but if sleep is a problem for you, this could be a very good place to start: sleepcouncil.org.uk/how-to-sleep/
don’t let worries keep you awake. If you’re worrying about a problem or what you need to do the next day, have a notepad next to your bed and jot down the problem or the idea for solving it that’s going round and round in your head. This helps in 2 ways
Avoid frustration. If sleep’s just not happening, don’t lie there, get up and distract yourself with something calming like relaxing music or reading. Go back to bed when you feel sleepy again.
If you try these tips and are still struggling to sleep working with an experienced counsellor or psychotherapist may help.
Find out more at rcpsych.ac.uk/sleeping-well .