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Rest Easy

Updated: Oct 24, 2020

I wish. Sleeping is sometimes very difficult to do. Especially if you are experiencing depression and anxiety. Getting enough sleep is necessary to have good mental health.

Here are a few tips to try and assist with the all important area of getting good sleep.

  • Sleep in a very dark, cool, tidy and quiet environment

  • Have fresh air in your sleeping room

  • Increase exposure to natural light during daylight hours

  • Use bright light therapy early in the morning if you struggle to fall asleep, and an extra dose of bright light in the afternoon to help stay asleep

  • Imagine putting all your worries and responsibilities in a box on the shelf to set them aside as you get into bed.

  • Have a smaller evening meal and don't eat several hours before bed

  • Have a regular sleep schedule and keep it

  • Establish a going to bed routine

  • Exercise each day

  • Put technology aside several hours before bed

  • Watch out for medications that disrupt sleep

  • Try using a weighted blanket

  • Try using some calming bilateral stimulation (for some it has the opposite effect)

  • Progressive muscle relaxation

  • Focus on your breathing

  • Aromatherapy

  • Gentle yoga/stretching before bed

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