At a time when many are worried or anxious about COVID-19, and with the number of Brits struggling to sleep on the rise, this Mental Health Awareness Week (18th-24th May), Public Health England has launched new guidance on its ‘Every Mind Matters’ platform to help people improve their sleep.
It comes as new data from Public Health England show that more than four in ten (41%) Brits are experiencing more sleep problems than usual, with over half of 16-29-year olds (52%) the most likely to be affected.
In addition, those already experiencing mental health problems more than usual are also more likely to be impacted. Among those experiencing low mood more than usual, 77% report more sleep problems during the outbreak, as do 67% of those experiencing stress more than usual and 66% of those with anxiety.
We know that sleep plays a critical role when it comes to maintaining positive mental wellbeing: long-term sleep loss can lead to issues such as anxiety and depression. In answer to this, Every Mind Matters advice has been updated with a range of things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing and help others, to prevent any concerns from becoming more serious.
To help the nation improve their sleep, expert Professor Colin Espie features in a new short film in which he talks through the new NHS sleep tips and advice. The film highlights that there are simple steps you can take to ease those restless nights and offers advice to help you switch off before you go to sleep.
Alongside the new sleep support and advice, Every Mind Matters encourages people to complete a personal ‘Mind Plan’, a quick and free interactive tool offering tailored mental wellbeing advice. More than 2 million ‘Mind Plans’ have been completed since Every Mind Matters launched in October.
For more information search ‘Every Mind Matters’.