Highlighting importance of a good night’s sleep

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HEALTH workers across the region are encouraging people to appreciate the importance of sleep and the relationship it has with emotional wellbeing as part of Mental Health Awareness Week which starts on Monday.

The advice comes as The Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust mental health team in Rotherham prepares to roll out a programme of ‘sleep well’ management workshops, piloted in January.

Carole Hirst, RDaSH clinical director for psychological therapy services, said: “Getting a good night’s sleep on a regular basis plays a big role in mental health.

“Shakespeare referred to sleep as ‘the great nourisher in life’s feast’. Many people have problems sleeping, but the good news is there are lots of methods you can try to improve the amount of sleep you get and the quality of it.”

In Barnsley, the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust - which provides mental health and community services in the borough - is also supporting the campaign to get people enjoying a better night’s sleep.

Andrea Wilson, deputy director of operations, said: “Sleep may not immediately come to mind when we talk about wellbeing but it is as important to our health as eating, drinking and breathing.”