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Just as people have always slept, there has always been those who have had difficulty falling asleep. While electric lighting, bright screens, and the 24/7 society may be modern developments that can contribute to problems sleeping, insomnia is an age old problem.
"A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book" ~ Irish Proverb
An award winning self-help guide. As many as 30% of the population struggle with sleep. Having trouble sleeping at some point in your life is quite normal. This leaflet contains advice on how to sleep better.
Want to start sleeping better in four weeks? Then start your FREE 30 day Better Sleep plan here. The website also includes some teenage sleep advice.
This leaflet desribes the science of sleep (quiet sleep and REM), some causes of insomnia (including Alcohol and the use of Mobiles & Tablets) and gives top tips to help you sleep better, often referred to as "sleep hygiene"
This excellent local charity "Step One" provides free courses and activities to help manage anxiety, low self esteem, lack of confidence, self harm, anger and promoting good sleep. Click here for their calendar of events, and watch interviews with some volunteers and participants. To access help, contact Jane on firstname.lastname@example.org, phone 01803 557801 or pop in - 51 Totnes Road, Paignton, TQ4 5LE.
Sleepio uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which trains people to use techniques that address the mental (or cognitive) factors associated with insomnia, such as the 'racing mind', and to overcome the worry and other negative emotions that accompany the experience of being unable to sleep.
It is a self-help tool that is available on a website and as an app on iOS mobile devices. The app can link to wearable fitness devices that track sleep.
It's recommended by the NHS and NICE and costs £200 per year, or £3.85 per week.
This book and CD work in harmony to reset your body's natural sleep mechanism, "the solution every insomniac has been waiting for." Whether you find it difficult to fall sleep, wake frequently during the night, or get up too early, this method both increases the amount of sleep you enjoy and, crucially, improves its quality.
Just as we eat well and stay fit to keep our body healthy, mindfulness meditation is about mental health and looking after the mind. As little as 5 minutes a day can boost your mood, help you relax and lower your blood pressure. Developed by the Australian Cricket Team.
Psychological, Physical or Lifestyle....? Tiredness or exhaustion that goes on for a long time is not normal. It can affect your ability to get on and enjoy your life. Before you contact a GP, you may want to work out how you became tired in the first place.
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