Tired of not enough sleep?

When we think about taking care of ourselves, getting enough sleep isn’t usually at the top of the list.    

However, an ongoing lack of sleep can negatively impact things like how we’re feeling, our memory, our physical health, our relationships with others, and our capacity at work.   

Tiredness looks different for all of us – some might feel angry, sad or frustrated. Others might lack energy for work, friendships, and daily activities. And if you find yourself nodding off during the day, or napping when you get home from work, that’s a pretty good sign you need more sleep.    

A good laugh and a long sleep are the two best cures of anything.

irish proverb

If you’re running on empty, here are some tips to help you develop better sleep routines:   

  1. Go to bed at the same time every night.
    Research shows this can help you sleep better.   
  1. Get to bed earlier.
    Instead of staying up late to get things done, get up earlier to do things when you’re well rested and more productive.   
  1. Take a break from devices like TV, phone and gaming before you go to bed.
    Use this time to think about your day and power down your thoughts.   
  1. Stretch and relax.
    Light stretching before bed can help relieve stress and tension and help you relax into sleep.   
  1. Don’t eat or drink too much before bed.
    In particular, avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol.    
  1. Sleep in a dark room and remove distractions.   
  1. Turn your phone to sleep mode.
    Adjust your settings so notifications don’t wake you up.   
  1. Prepare to empty your mind.
    If you find it difficult to switch off your brain, have a pen and paper by your bed to write things down as you go to sleep and if you wake during the night.    

It’s important for all of us to get enough rest. If a lack of sleep continues to impact your life, you can talk with your GP, or chat with one of our wellbeing team for more ideas and strategies.  

If you’d like to find out more about Outback Futures telehealth, call or text 0417 703 729 to chat or make an appointment. Find our Upcoming Clinics here.

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