Rest, Relax and Sleep

You’re not alone if catching up on sleep is high on your wish list. Many carers feel the same way.

Make your room sleep friendly

Making small adjustments to your surroundings can help to improve the quality of your sleep. Use blackout blinds to make your bedroom dark and take away all distractions such as TVs and computers. If you’ve had your mattress for a long time, it might be worth investing in a new one to help make your bed more comfortable, or you could try a sheepskin or affordable ‘pillow top’ underlay. Adjust the temperature in your room so you don’t feel too hot or cold. Sleep with your window open – even just slightly. Fresh air makes a difference.

Get into a routine

Establishing a routine will help you, the person you support, and any others in your household sleep better. Try to go to bed and get up at the same times each day, even at the weekends. Make time to unwind before you go to bed. Have a warm bath or read a few chapters of your book. Avoiding ‘screen time’ on computers or other devices for a couple of hours before bedtime might help too.

Calm your mind

Relaxation exercises and meditations may help if an overactive mind is stopping you getting the rest you need.