Sleep tips for summer nights

It might not seem like it at the moment but we are currently in the summer season!

While most people are wishing for sunny days and warmer weather, which is a real mood boost for most, lighter evenings and mornings coupled with hotter nights can make it harder to sleep.

That’s why Barnsley Council’s Public Health Team is sharing some more sleep tips, giving advice on how to manage summer insomnia.

One of the key themes highlighted in the 2017 annual Director of Public Health Report, ‘A Day in the Life of’ was sleep. This was due to the significant number of Barnsley residents revealing their feelings of tiredness during the day and how lack of sleep was affecting their day to day lives.

As a result of residents’ responses, the report made a number of recommendations to raise the awareness of the importance of sleep.

Prolonged nights with poor sleep can create more serious issues including an increased risk of injury or accident and a difficulty in making decisions and concentrating. You will undoubtedly feel down and your mood will be low.

The amount of sleep people need depends on what is happening in their lives, but good-quality sleep is important for everyone’s health and wellbeing, helping them to de-stress, concentrate during the day and learn new things.

A number of #sleeptips will be shared on the council’s social media accounts, to encourage ‘sleep hygiene’; habits and practices that are conducive to sleeping well during the summer months.

Public Heath has also developed three sleep resource toolkits for better general health, better family health, and as a guide for employers. They can be found here:

Page 37 of the 2017 Director of Public Health report shows the slumber number chart - guidance on roughly how much sleep people should be aiming to have according to their age.

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