This guide provides information, activities, useful books, and contact information to help you sleep well. For additional information about the services available to you at University of Suffolk, go to
The need for sleep varies from person to person and with age it also varies depending on the level of activity. Sometimes individuals develop a habit of dropping off to sleep during the day which again reduces the need for sleep at night. This in itself is not a problem but often not sleeping becomes a greater cause for worry, frustration, and concern, which in turn leads to sleeping less well. Sleep problems can occur for a number of reasons including medical or emotional reasons, age, and unhelpful surroundings.
Go to bed and get up at a regular time.
Have a bedtime routine and wind down before bedtime
Get up if you worrying or are not asleep after 30 minutes and do something relaxing
Exercise regularly but not in the late evening
Remember sleep changes throughout the life cycle and that the lack of sleep won't harm us
Make sure your bed and bedroom are comfortable for example notice, temperature and light
Check whether any medicines you are taking may be affecting your sleep
Turn off all your electronic gadgets, like your laptop and so on.
Set the alarm on your clock or phone so that you don’t have to worry about oversleeping.
Don't use your bed for things other than sleep
Try and get your outfit for the next day ready the night before – I know how difficult this can be, but trying is good.
Try not to eat too late – remember that your body has to work to digest that late-night pizza, not leaving it much time to rest and repair.
Don't eat or drink caffeine close to bedtime
Don't smoke close to bedtime
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