Sleepless in Cardiff
"Sleep is a friend I have fallen out with;
I wish she would come back to me."
- Insomnia by Julia Darling
Dates and times:
- No dates at present
- The aim of this workshop is to help you get a better night's sleep.
When you’re stressed and anxious (such as at exam time) or dealing with changes to your normal routine (for instance, starting a new experience like coming to university), it’s perfectly normal for your sleep patterns to be disturbed.
For some people your sleep will naturally sort itself out when the stress is over or you get used to the new routine or situation. However, for others your sleep may get ‘stuck’ in this disturbed pattern, increasing your stress levels and making it more difficult for you find the energy to get on with life.
The first part of this workshop will help you to identify different types of sleep disorders; increase your understanding of the effects of poor sleep and explore the physical, emotional, lifestyle and environmental causes of sleep problems.
The second part will focus on teaching you practical strategies and ideas on how to improve your sleep, including relaxation techniques, and recognising and challenging unhelpful expectations and anxious thoughts around sleep. It will teach you a technique to ‘retrain’ yourself to sleep properly and give you a series of useful ‘Sleeping Tips’ along with a list of books and websites for further reading and information.
Learning to relax and improve your sleep patterns will have many more beneficial effects too. Sleep will give you energy to tackle life - both during and after university. Taking control of any problem is an essential self management skill that will stand you in good stead and give you the confidence to tackle issues you may encounter now or in the workplace in future years.
This workshop can also be attended as part of the SDS's Certificate of Professional Development qualification. For further information please contact John Steel at the SDS - SDS@cardiff.ac.uk.