By Lisa Artis on January 19, 2017
Sleepless nights will hopefully be a thing of the past as we launch our six, fun ‘Sleep Scenario’ characters on our brand new website.
The exciting sleep profiles have been introduced to help people relate to any sleep issues they may be dealing with.
So meet our six new sleep scenarios…
Steve, a police officer: Steve has no problems with falling asleep or waking in the night. However, noise and light wake him up before he wants to. He often feels like he hasn’t had enough sleep. He works for six days and then has four days off, his hours varying throughout. He drinks caffeine close to bedtime. Though he sleeps relatively well, Steve often feels lethargic and irritable. Is this you?
Margaret, 65 and retired: Margaret doesn’t struggle to fall asleep, but she wakes very early. Throughout the night she wakes up for a variety of reasons, including temperature, comfort and her husband’s snoring. Her doctor has advised her that her sleep problems are due to her age and arthritis. Margaret drinks caffeine after 5pm and does not exercise much, and her evening routine is very stimulating. Are you suffering in the same way?
Lizzie, a mum of two who works part time: Lizzie is a parent who falls to sleep quickly but often wakes throughout the night. She then struggles to fall back to sleep. She feels better on a weekend as she isn’t rushing out of the door for nursery/school/work. She regularly drinks caffeine after 5pm, and sometimes exercises after 9pm. Can you relate?
Julian, a businessman who travels a lot: Julian travels the world for work and his work affects his sleep. His bedtime changes dramatically and he struggles with routine. Julian uses caffeine and alcohol to regulate his sleep pattern, and is often stressed about work, family and finances. This is a prime example of jet lag. Does this sound familiar?
David, teenager: David struggles to get to sleep in the week but falls asleep at the weekends. This would indicate that David doesn’t suffer from insomnia, but Delayed Sleep Phase Syndrome, which is common in teenagers as their sleep cycles are different to adults’. Teenagers want to go to sleep late and wake up late, and the school day does not make this easy. David drinks a lot of caffeine to compensate for poor sleep, and he uses a lot of gadgets before bed. His lack of sleep makes him tired, irritable and unable to concentrate, so he often underperforms at school. Does this sound like your son or daughter?
Daisy, 3 years old: Daisy goes to bed between 6.30pm and 9.30pm, and generally takes over an hour to fall asleep. She cries out for her parents and tries to come downstairs to see them. She has quite long naps throughout the day, some of which are at inappropriate times, like 4pm-5pm. She does not feel secure enough to drop off to sleep herself, and constantly calls for her parents. Daisy’s parents feel it is an ongoing battle, and they are desperate to get their evenings back. The situation causes tension in the family home, as they get snappy with each other due to tiredness. Is this your toddler?
If you can relate to any of these scenarios and want to know how we can help visit our brand new website at http://www.sleepcouncil.org.uk/sleep-advice/