70% of event professionals experience sleep problems, either too little or too much, so this quick tips blog post is on that very subject, sharing some insight again from our friends at Mind.
Make your bedroom a calm space
Make sure the light, temperature and sound level suit you. Cool, dark and quiet usually works.
Turn off electrical screens
TVs, computers and phones all stimulate your brain, making it hard to relax.
Try a breathing technique
In a comfortable position, breathe in deeply – then breathe out slowly. Try to make your out-breath longer than your in-breath. Repeat until you feel relaxed.
Notice what you eat and drink
Caffeine, alcohol and sugary foods can all disturb your sleep patterns.
Try to do some exercise
This will improve your sleep, as long as it’s not too late in the evening.
Check for a physical cause
Pain, illness or other physical problems can disturb your sleep. Visit your GP to investigate potential causes.
Talk to your partner
Snoring, preferred side of the bed and other common issues can often be easily resolved.
Plan your day
Try to do more worrying tasks earlier in the day and relaxing ones later.
Keep a sleep diary
This may help you spot patterns in your everyday sleeping habits and give you some insight into what might be causing you problems.
Change your medication
Many drugs, particularly common ones for mental health problems, can affect your sleep. Talk to your GP to discuss alternatives.
For more information visit mind.org.uk/sleep
Mind Infoline: 0300 123 3393 or text: 86463