Mental Health Awareness Week 2012

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As changes in our mental health can affect the way we feel, behave and interact with others, the majority of people with a mental illness will experience some kind of impact to everyday life.

Some mental health problems are described using words that are in everyday use; for example, ‘depression’ or ‘anxiety’ ‘fear and anxiety’, ‘loneliness’, and ‘sleep’. This can make them seem easier to understand, but can also mean people underestimate how serious they can be.

Research shows that doing good and helping others is good for your mental health.

As one of the five main ways to manage your wellbeing, we are asking everyone to get involved by carrying out acts of kindness for strangers throughout this year’s Mental Health Awareness Week, which runs from 21 – 27 May.

The Mental Health Foundation have teamed up with Sleepio to raise awareness of the huge impact sleep has on everyone’s mental and physical health. They also aim to provide sound, expert advice on how everyone can improve the quality of their sleep.

http://www.howdidyousleep.org

The Importance of Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is important for maintaining good mental and physical health. Sleep allows the brain to take in new information and strengthen our memories.

The quality of your sleep can have a significant impact on your mood, energy level and ability to concentrate.
It can affect your work, cause relationship problems and make it difficult to complete simple tasks.

Sleep can also affect our mental wellbeing, immune system, and other health-related issues. It is crucial to our health that we learn to sleep well.

Common Sleep Disorders
Insomnia
– where you are regularly unable to fall asleep or remain asleep for a long enough period of time – is the most common sleep disorder in the UK, affecting 10% of the population.

Other sleep disorders include hypersomnia, where people don’t feel fully awake until hours after getting up, and narcolepsy, where people experience sudden attacks of extreme sleepiness.

Problems associated with sleep include sleep apnoea, teeth-grinding and night terrors, all of which may need treating. Other sleep-related disorders, such as snoring, sleepwalking or sleep talking, are generally not harmful.

Treating Sleep Problems

Good sleep doesn’t just mean lots of sleep – the amount that each person needs is different. The important thing is that you get good quality sleep.

Factors like your attitude, lifestyle, and sleeping environment play a part in the quality of your sleep.

Changes to factors like the temperature of your bedroom, the amount of exercise you do and what time you eat dinner can help to improve the quality of your sleep. ~
Our physical and mental health is an important factor in how to treat sleep problems. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is amongst the techniques that can help here. Talk to your GP or mental health worker for advice and see what they suggest.

For further information about Mental Health Awareness Wee 1012 email marketingh@mhf.org.uk Info Section on mental health
If you require any further information you can ring 0300 5000 927 OR email advice@rethink.org – their advice team provide mental health info & advice
OR log onto www.Mind.org.uk

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