Its true, not many people will look back and remember the nights that they had a big sleep, but sleep is pretty important, not just to re-energise but to keep our moods stable and our minds fresh. Research shows that adolescents need 7-9 hours sleep per night and a decent amount of light per day so that your brain knows when to produce important hormones and chemicals that keep our moods in check. In our busy lives, somedays its hard to keep the energy drinks to a minimum, but things like caffeine, exercise, chronic pain, mental illness and environmental issues can keep us up thinking for hours, feeling too awake or tossing and turning and it can really put your sleep schedule out of whack!
Good sleeping habits and sleep routines aren’t just for nerds, a good sleeping environment and the right sleeping routine can help you feel rested and relaxed – not up all night tossing and turning. Keeping your room well ventilated, avoiding strenuous exercise or crazy suspense tv shows straight before bed, listening to some calm music, setting a time you sleep and wake each night – these are just a few of the things we can do to set up a good sleep routine and get a good night sleep!
We have had some great suggestions in tonight’s Getting Real session and some of the top relaxation tips to get nice and sleepy are:
Don’t look at the clock and freak out about the hours of sleep you could be getting slipping away! It will only make it worse (trust me)
Keep technology at distance thats if far enough that you cant be bothered getting up to get it. Arms length at least
Dont run a marathon, watch a fast paced movie (Or a mind boggling Matrix style movie) before bed
Listen to calming music, drink sleepy tea, dim the lights and wind down for a while before you actually plan on sleeping
Try mindfulness and practice meditation such as that taught on Smiling Mind! (http://smilingmind.com.au/)
Well thats it for us tonight, thanks for joining us and we hope you were able to stay awake long enough to get some great tips on sleep habits and good sleep routines that will have you snoozing your way through rainy winter nights and beyond!
And remember, if you need help with sleep (or lack of) don’t hesitate to contact your GP, your local Headspace center (http://www.headspace.org.au/) or the many fact sheets here on ReachOut!
Great post @hartley_
Thanks for your all your help and wise knowledge
Thank you too everyone for joining us I hope you walk away with something that will help your sleeping
Have a very very very good nights sleep and enjoy your refreshed day tomorrow
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