Mental Health Focus of the Month

Focus on Sleep

Did you know?

Getting a good night's sleep- that is, sleeping at least 7 hours without waking during the night, is essential to good mental health.  Here are some tips for getting there:

  • Have a regular bedtime and a regular wake time.
  • Engage in relaxing activities before going to bed, such as taking a hot bath, listening to calming music, doing some deep breathing.
  • Do not engage in stimulating activities just before bedtime, like exercising, finishing up work, watching a thought provoking or scary movie, spending time on iPhone or videogames.
  • Make sure the "sleep environment" is comfortable- the right room temperature, comfortable bedding (pillows, mattress, blankets, etc.), and pajamas/sleepwear.
  • Do not eat a heavy meal before bedtime or take in caffeinated products or fluids during the evening or late afternoon.
  • Consider natural remedies, like chamomile tea or milk (it's high in tryptophan- a sleep-inducing substance), or with your doctor's approval try melatonin or herbal products that have sleep inducing properties. 
  • Do not take naps during the day.
  • If possible, try not to use the bedroom for any other activities other than sleep.