5 tips for better sleep


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01 February 2022

Having trouble getting a good night’s rest? A qualified counsellor shares some top tips for a more rejuvenating sleep.

Sleep. We all want it, and we all need it. But for many people, a good night’s rest isn’t always easy to come by.

Megan Sanderson, a qualified counsellor and wellbeing consultant, shares her top tips for deeper, more restful sleep.

  1. “Have a regular sleep time. Be in bed and out of bed at the same time each day to help set your body’s clock.”
  2. “Engage in active relaxation exercises. Meditation, breathwork and yoga can help to induce the calming response, making it easier to fall asleep.”
  3. “Turn off electronics and avoid electronic devices before bed. The artificial blue light from these devices can suppress the release of melatonin, which can mess with your sleep and waking.”
  4. “Limit alcohol, caffeine and cigarettes. A common misconception is that alcohol can help you sleep, but while it may make you feel sleepy, it can disrupt you through the night.”
  5. Make sure your bedroom is comfortable. Be mindful of lighting, temperature and noise. Make your room a calm space where the body feels safe.”

How can health insurance help?

If you’re having trouble sleeping, HBF can provide cover for a few services that may help:

  • Psychology. HBF extras cover can give you benefits towards visits with a psychologist, who can teach you strategies for improving your sleep and managing mental health conditions that may affect your sleep.
  • Sleep studies. HBF hospital cover can include sleep studies for the investigation of sleep patterns and problems.

If you’re an HBF member, you can check what you're covered for by logging on to myHBF or calling us on 133 423.

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This article contains general information only and does not take into account the health, personal situation or needs of any person. In conjunction with your GP or treating health care professional, please consider whether the information is suitable for you and your personal circumstances.