Chronic insomnia can be difficult condition to live with. For our wounded, injured and sick servicemen, women and families, sleep does not always come easily. Sleep is essential for maintaining good health and wellbeing. It protects the physical and psychological health, as well as improving quality of life. Generally, a person needs 8 hours of sleep a night in order to function well during the day.
Rosie Curtis, a qualified occupational therapist for Help for Heroes, works with men and women for whom sleep does not always come easily. Here are her top tips to sleep easy and combat insomnia.
Re-program your brain. Only use your bedroom to sleep. Try not to watch TV or carry out daytime activities on your bed, as your mind won’t necessarily associate the space with sleep.
Take a warm bath. The heat will relax your muscles and prepare you for sleep. Lavender oil in the bath water or sprinkled on your pillow may help.