Sleep advice

Sleeping well helps us to be happy and healthy. Most adults need between six and nine hours of sleep each night.

There are lots of helpful tips for a good night’s sleep on the NHS webpage, including being active during the day, avoiding caffeine after 5pm and regular bedtimes.

NHS sleep Advice

If you’re having sleep problems, there are simple steps you can take to ease those restless nights. Find out how to get to sleep and how to sleep better.

Every Mind Matters - Sleep problems

Our sleeping patterns naturally change as we get older, so it’s not unusual to have trouble sleeping. This means that many of us can struggle to get to sleep or stay asleep, leaving us tired the following day.

Age UK - Sleep advice for older people

A healthy lifestyle really helps us to sleep better. See our website homepage for information about local services to help you be more active, manage your weight, stop smoking, drink less or feel less stressed.

One You South Gloucestershire homepage

Local courses and services

Talking Therapies

The local South Gloucestershire Talking Therapies service provides free support if you are having trouble sleeping because you are stressed or feeling down. The service can be accessed either via a self-referral or your GP and offer both individual and group support (typically six sessions).

Talking Therapies

Wellbeing courses and taster sessions

We offer a variety of free courses and taster sessions. The aim is to boost your feeling of wellbeing in a positive environment as well as helping you to learn new skills, meet new people and make friends. Sessions include:

  • Mindfulness
  • managing anxiety
  • money management
  • creative arts
  • gardening
Wellbeing courses and taster programmes

Groups and support in the community

The One You South Gloucestershire Wellbeing Workers team can support you to get out, meet new people and be more active. You can find out more information by visiting their website.

One You South Gloucestershire Wellbeing Workers

Useful resources

South Gloucestershire Sleep Toolkits – SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disability)

The South Gloucestershire Sleep Toolkit - Special Educational Needs and Disability

Sleep and Special Educational Needs and Disability; guidance and support for parents and carers, and those working with families with children and young people. Sleep is extremely important to support development both physically and mentally. This toolkit will develop awareness of the importance of sleep and offer information, advice and guidance to prevent sleep issues occurring. It will also include tips on how to manage sleep issues that often arise.

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This toolkit provides guidance and support and will develop awareness of the importance of sleep and offer information, advice and guidance to prevent sleep issues occurring.

Three other toolkits (all ages related) for Early Years, Childhood and adolescence are accessible via the links below or from the South Gloucestershire Council Edoc library.

South Gloucestershire Council Edoc library

Other useful resources