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At some point in our lives most people can have trouble sleeping whether it is due to stress, illness or having a young baby.  Sleep deprivation is like a form of torture – with little or no sleep, our bodies cannot function properly leaving us open to catching the latest bug or virus doing the rounds and affecting our concentration.

So how can we sleep?

  • Bed is often a sanctuary – avoid the association of lying in bed and being awake.
  • Get up when awake, walk around the house – don’t fight it, accept it.  It is not a problem being awake and it is not a threat e.g. I’d prefer to go to sleep but I’m awake at the moment.
  • When back in bed, think: this is a nice comfortable bed, how lovely.
  • Be warm.  If cold, perhaps warm yourself up with a hot drink and/or hot water bottle.
  • Try eating foods such as peanuts and peanut butter.
  • Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol and a heavy meal before you go to bed.
  • Be mindful and focus on your breathing.
  • Don’t think about how you will feel the next day, what you have got to do, and to make sure nothing goes wrong.
  • If you still can’t sleep, get up again.
  • Accept thinking then go back to bed.


The views here are the author’s and are intended for general guidance only