How does sleep relate to mental health?
Living with a mental health problem can affect how well you sleep, and poor sleep can have a negative impact on your mental health.
What problems might I have with sleep?
Everyone needs sleep, but many of us have problems with it. You might recognise some of the experiences listed below, or have other difficulties with sleep that aren't mentioned here.
- Find it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep or wake up earlier than you'd like to (also known as insomnia – find out more on the NHS website)
- Have problems that disturb your sleep, such as panic attacks, flashbacks, nightmares or psychosis
- Find it hard to wake up or get out of bed
- Often feel tired or sleepy – this could be because you're not sleeping enough, not getting good quality sleep or because of health problems
- Sleep a lot – which could include sleeping at times when you want, or need, to be awake.
How can I improve my sleep?
Some people find these ideas useful, but remember that different things work for different people at different times. you (or doesn't feel possible just now), you can try something else, or come back to it another time.
- Try to establish a routine
- Relax before you try to sleep
- Fill in a sleep diary
- Try to make your sleeping area more comfortable
- Think about screens and device settings
- Look after yourself
- Find support for connected issues
Download our information: Understanding Sleep Problems
This resource explains sleep and mental health - it also gives practical suggestions and information about where to get support.