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Sleep, money and wellbeing: our thoughts

Online loan provider 247Moneybox.com has been speaking with their staff about getting a good night's sleep. The reasons are pretty obvious but getting that rest is a tricky state to achieve. Modern life and the pace we now live with is not conducive to switching off sufficiently to achieve the deep sleep state we need. In an internal memo the lender looks at reasons as to why this may be and what can be done about it.

Woman sleeping

It is important to recognise that sleep and rest are very closely associated to a person’s overall mental health and wellbeing. This can be a vicious cycle when you consider that a lack of sleep will in turn result in a general feeling of lethargy, which can contribute to a lack of productivity and feelings of worthlessness, which in turn add to your anxieties that then play on your mind and make it more difficult to sleep. Lying awake in bed at night worrying about the future or your current situation, whatever that may be, is extremely common.

Mental health researchers have established that people may have underlying issues such as depression, anxiety or PTSD (among others) that naturally tend to impact your ability to sleep and this then exacerbates those underlying mental health issues.

There are some simple tips and techniques you can follow that may help you if you are struggling to get a good night’s rest.

For example, you could try to get into the habit of sleeping and waking up at approximately the same time every day. When preparing to sleep, consider things like:

  • Listening to relaxing music
  • Focusing on a deep breathing rhythm
  • Using mindfulness or meditation techniques (many of these can be found online or on apps)
  • Picturing a happy or safe space that you associate with relaxation
  • Ensuring your sleeping environment is comfortable, e.g. light and temperature levels, as well as investing more comfortable pillows, can make a huge difference

An interesting approach that many people use is to document a number of things - writing stuff down can be a powerful tool to get your thoughts and feelings on paper, but also help you keep track of your sleeping patterns.

For instance you may find that your sleeping behaviour is affected by certain factors on certain days, whether that be due to financial woes, a stressful day at work, a lack of exercise, an argument with a friend or family member or perhaps even just accumulated fatigue or use of medication. Keep track of things like whether you wake up in the middle of the night and jot down why that is and how often it occurs.

Also, as touched upon above, try to verbalise your moods and feelings on the said days. Making a list of your key anxieties and ranking them can help to give you some clarity and furthermore prioritise the aspects of your life you would like to make changes to. Doing this before you sleep is a good way to get it out of your system so that you are not thinking about these anxieties as you try to drift off.

Another simple tip is to avoid social media and triggering content such as following or watching the news before going to sleep. Taking a break from your phone in the lead up to going to bed can help you to detach from the outside world, which tends to feed into the fears, hopes and anxieties we all have.

It is recommended that if sleeping problems do persist that you consult with a doctor in order to try and help you get to the route of the problem, but for more benign cases you can find a plethora of information online that can help support your mental health and wellbeing by getting some rest.

We hope this has been a useful introduction to some of the key problems associated with sleep, money and wellbeing.