“I go to bed early, get up early. If anything interrupts my sleep, that gives me an early warning sign to take action. ”
Our sleeping patterns can affect how well we feel throughout the day.
If we have quality sleep, we wake up feeling refreshed. We are better able to cope with challenges and come up with better ideas, and we get along better with the people around us. In contrast, when we don't get quality sleep, we can feel fuzzy and irritable, and it can also lead to increased anxiety and depression.
At different times in your life you can experience changes in your sleep patterns - like during adolescence and times of stress, having a new baby, or going through menopause. There are lots of different things you can do to improve the quality of your sleep, from changing the light in your room to keeping a sleep diary.
You might like to ask people you know if they have trouble sleeping. They may have some good tips to share. You’ll also find many online resources like forums, apps, and chat rooms where you can pick up ideas and share your story as well. We have some resources below to help you get started.
So, how well are you sleeping?
A closer look
Good sleep habits are often referred to as sleep hygiene
A good night’s sleep lasts through the night
Deep sleep may detox the brain
Sleep deprivation affects your performance
What we consume can disturb our sleep patterns
Your eyes expect darkness
You might find online and phone-based mental health resources helpful. Some suggestions are below. You can find more with our Search tool.