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Recovery is often described as a journey of personal discovery which includes new learning on how to live well.

Sleep

Most adults need seven or eight hours sleep a night while teenagers and babies need more. Older people may need less. When our sleep pattern is severely disturbed, it is called insomnia. If you are sleeping very poorly for a long period, having trouble going to sleep, staying asleep or waking early, it may be a symptom or cause of anxiety or depression. When someone is depressed, they often wake very early and cannot get back to sleep. They become sleep deprived and exhausted which makes getting through their day difficult. They may also start taking naps which makes getting back into a regular sleep pattern hard. Poor sleep habits can also be a signal of a manic episode in people diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Someone with a diagnosis of schizophrenia may sleep very poorly when stressed.

Here are some tips to improve your sleep:

  • Go to bed and get up at the same time each day so your body clock is set to a routine.
  • Don't nap during the day.
  • Relax quietly for an hour before bed so no TV or screen time.
  • Don't drink caffeine in the five hours before you go to bed or take other stimulants such as illegal drugs.
  • Exercise helps you sleep but not too close to bedtime. If you rely on alcohol to help you fall asleep, you are likely to have disturbed sleep.

If you are still having trouble sleeping, see your doctor.

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