It’s a worrying and unsettling time and many people are finding it hard to sleep.

Getting a good night’s sleep is essential for both our physical and mental health.

While most adults need an average of seven to nine hours of sleep – some people need more and some people need less. As a general rule we need less sleep as we grow older.

What matters as much as the quantity of sleep is the quality. Relying on short naps or only getting broken sleep can mean that you are not achieving deep sleep (Non-REM stage three). Deep sleep is the time when the body repairs itself and stores energy for the following day. To wake up feeling refreshed and energised it’s essential to get enough deep sleep.

There are lots of practical things you can do to help you sleep better. Find out how by reading our self-help sleep resources:

Want to find out more about sleep and managing sleeping problems? Read the MindWell sleep section.