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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
"Sleep hygiene" - A series of steps you can take to give you the best chance of getting to sleep naturally
Tips to deal with physical tension, worry and stressful situations. Things to do in the evening & at bedtime if you are having problems sleeping. Plus information for carers if an elderly person is struggling with insomnia
Learn all about sleep and proven techniques to help you sleep better. Run by TALKWORKS. Phone 0300 555 3344 or email email@example.com
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.
A drug-free and clinically validated online sleep improvement programme. Carefully tailored to each individual, Sleepstation helps people identify the underlying causes of their sleep problem and provides the support and guidance needed to improve sleep and combat even the most severe insomnia. Available on the NHS with a GP referral - contact us to find out more.
For bedtime relaxation try Calm’s sleep stories - soothing voices and sounds of nature can help prevent the mind wandering when trying to sleep.
Free to download with a limited number of free stories and free meditations to try
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.
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.
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 groups & courses from September 2019 until March 2020 and watch interviews with some volunteers and participants. To access help, phone 01803 321248 or come to see us at our "pop up cafe" every Tuesday between 1pm-3pm at St. Pauls Church, Torbay Road, Paignton, TQ3 2DH. Our main offices are are based at Room 1:22 at Innovation Centre, Lymington Road, Torquay.
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"
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.
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.
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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EMERGENCY: Dial 999 or go to your nearest A&E Department (you must not dial 999 for anything other than an emergency)
If you do need to attend the emergency department at Torbay Hospital please read this leaflet.