Sleepy Seal Club

Sleep hygiene is extremely important, for everyone, but especially for those suffering with a mental health condition. When I don't get enough sleep I find myself tired, obviously, but also irritable, anxious and suffering from low​​ mood. My ability to manage my OCD and navigate through my day is also badly compromised. In order to combat this, I have begun to introduce a wind down routine at the end of the day. I go through the same motions, at the same time, every night before bed.​​ For me this means no screen time (TV, Computer, Phone) for the hour before bed, a hot shower and a mug of Horlicks, or similar malted milk drink. I really feel it's starting to help. I'm getting more sleep and better quality sleep, waking up feeling more rested and refreshed. The malted milk drink in particular has been very helpful. There is a primitive comfort in drinking it. It leaves me feeling like a sleepy seal pup who has just finished suckling from his mothers teat. A bit graphic/colourful I know, but that's the best way I can describe the lovely sleepy feeling it gives me. Malted milk or not, maybe try coming up with your own wind down routine an hour before your bed time and see if it can help to improve your sleep hygiene. Xx

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