Find out more about sleep deprivation and why you might feel this way...
One study found that at any time in the UK 1 in 5 people feel very tired. That’s a lot of people!
Some causes of tiredness can be:
Aaaah, lovely, peaceful sleep! All you want is to sleep through the night and get up feeling wide awake, right!?
For so many of us, that just doesn’t happen. Scroll down to learn a bit more about how you can get better sleep.
All of this information has been drawn together with the help of young people.
These pages aim to help you to:
Good question! There are lots of things that can make it more difficult to fall asleep. Some of these things could be:
You might be sat there thinking- “falling asleep isn’t a problem for me, it’s sleeping through the night that I can’t manage!”
OR you might be thinking “I struggle with both!!”
There are lots of things that can make it hard for us to get a full night’s rest:
Find out how others manage their tiredness and how you can help yourself.
Who's to say what’s normal, what does that even mean?! But really, it’s very common to wake up during the night. Often, we don’t even notice this, and it is part of what is called our sleep cycle.
Lot’s of people also struggle with falling asleep and staying asleep, but this doesn’t mean you have to put up with it. Especially if it’s affecting your day-to-day life.
Scroll down to read Harry’s story.
I feel like I have always had trouble sleeping. At first, I thought it was just the way I am and that there’s no way of changing it; but when I started to look at how I was going to sleep I realised there were things I could change.
When my sleep was at it’s worst I would snap at other people. I was so tired, all the time. Every morning when my alarm went off, I felt like a zombie. I would argue with my mum every morning about getting up and I felt like everyone was against me.
I really wanted to go to the doctor and get some sleeping tablets, but my mum sat down with me and we talked.
We went through everything that we both do leading up to bed and put them in columns of whether they would help me fall asleep or not. I started to see that playing on my Xbox and drinking energy drinks until late at night was really not helping.
It was really hard to change at first but I started small and worked my way up to no energy drinks or screen after a certain time.
My sleep is so much better now and me and mum argue so much less.
Scroll down for our self-prescription below to work out how you can be like Harry and get a good night’s sleep!
We have put together a few useful resources on how to improve your sleep.
Write down all the things that you do in the 3-4 hours before bed. Like Harry- try and put these into columns of whether you think they help you relax and prepare for sleep or not.
If you need support, ask someone you trust to do it with you.
Zzzzz…sounds so boring that might just send you off to sleep right?! Seriously, though, working out a good routine and sticking to it is a really good way to improve your sleep.
This means you should:
The Royal College of Psychiatrists say you need less sleep the older you get
Everyone is different, but their guidelines say:
Keeping a simple sleep diary can be a useful way of understanding more about your bedtime routine and sleep.
This can also help others in your household to understand what’s going on.
There is a really simple one on the NHS website here: https://www.nhs.uk/livewell/insomnia/documents/sleepdiary.pdf
As with all changes it’s really important to start small.
Starting today, tick two things on this list that you can try for three days in a row. If this is too difficult try just doing one for now, if it’s easy- add some more!