Sleep Matters: The Impact Of Sleep On Health And Wellbeing

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This version published: May 2011

Sleep is as important to our health as eating, drinking and breathing. It allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information.

Poor sleep is linked to physical problems such as a weakened immune system and mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Sleep Matters provides sound, evidence-based advice on how to improve the quality of your sleep. This includes simple ways to improve your '˜sleep hygiene'™, such as adjusting the light, noise and temperature in the bedroom and changing your eating, drinking and exercise routines, advice which can also be found in Sleep Well, our handy pocket guide to better sleep.

The report also includes advice on how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can be more effective in helping people with long-term insomnia than medication, and how NHS policy could be changed to reflect this fact.