Expert Tips For Maintaining Your Mental Health: Sleep And Mental Health

Going to bed when you feel tired and getting up at roughly the same time helps teach your body to sleep better.

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Pooja Priyamvada

Sleep problems usually sort themselves out within about a month. But longer stretches of bad sleep can start to affect our lives.

It can cause extreme tiredness and make usually manageable tasks harder.

1. Keep regular sleep hours

Going to bed when you feel tired and getting up at roughly the same time helps teach your body to sleep better. Try to avoid napping where possible.

2. Confront sleeplessness

If you are lying awake unable to sleep, do not force it. Get up and do something relaxing for a bit, and return to bed when you feel sleepier.

3. Create a restful environment

Dark, quiet and cool environments generally make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.

4. Write down your worries

If you often lie awake worrying about tomorrow, set aside time before bed to make a list for the next day. This can help put your mind at rest.

5. Put down the pick-me-ups

Caffeine and alcohol can stop you falling asleep and prevent deep sleep. Try to cut down on alcohol and avoid caffeine close to bedtime.

(Pooja Priyamvada is a columnist, social media consultant and author,most recently of Mental Health: A Primer)

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