Allow time for sleep, rest and respite between shifts.

 

Getting a good sleep is crucial for feeling mentally and physically healthy. We all feel better after a good sleep. Think about creating a consistent routine to ensure you get the amount of sleep you need, but also about ensuring your bedroom is quiet, dark, and a relaxing environment to sleep in.

 

It is important that you allow yourself to wind down before bedtime. This could include not using social media or your phone an hour before bed, taking a bath or reading.

 

If possible, try to maintain your normal routine. This means going to bed at the same time and waking at the same time.

 

Useful websites

 

NHS  - Advice on getting to sleep.
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MIND - How to cope with sleeping problems.
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Useful documents

Sleepstation - Guide to better sleep for NHS staff
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NHS - The NHS have produced guidance on monitoring and improving your sleep
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