Poor sleep affects our wellbeing and everyday lives
Every year we host Mental Health Awareness Week , which highlights a particular issue affecting the mental health and wellbeing of the nation. This year the theme is sleep.
Why sleep? Over 30% of the population currently suffers from insomnia or another sleep disorder. Poor sleep can increase the risks of poor mental health, and can lead to a range of illnesses such as depression and anxiety. Far from being a minor concern, poor sleep can have a major impact on our mental wellbeing and day to day lives, with sleep playing a vital role in our relationships, our mood and our ability to concentrate. New data included in our Sleep Matters report revealed that, in comparison to people who sleep well, people who suffer from insomnia are four times more likely to have relationship problems, three times more like to experience low mood, three times more likely to lack concentration during the day and twice as likely to suffer from energy deficiency.
The impact that sleep problems are having on the health and wellbeing of the UK is far from negligible and needs to be addressed. We have made the following recommendations:
To do our bit to help the UK achieve better sleep, we have produced a range of free downloadable resources including Sleep Well (a pocket guide with practical tips to achieving better sleep and a download-and-print Diary), a podcast providing relaxation techniques, and How Did You Sleep Last Night awareness-raising posters for schools, universities, work places, GP surgeries, libraries or any other public places