Answers for the sleep quiz:
The students discuss what they think is the best way of making sure of a good night's sleep.
They can discuss ideas from the list below and add their own. Some may help and some prevent a good night's sleep:
- Good sleeping routine
- Try to relax
- Get up and do something
- Exercise to try and wear yourself out
- Get exercise during the day
- Listen to some music
- Drink some milky tea or coffee
- Try to 'count sheep'
- Eat plenty of food before you go to bed
Students give a written response to the question:
"I feel really tired but I just can't get to sleep. What should I do?"
Recap on the main teaching points and students present their advice for someone having sleepless nights.
Advice for when you can't sleep:
- Try to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
- Don't stay in bed because you've had a bad night's sleep. Get up so that you don't disturb your internal clock.
- If you wake at night, relax in bed for a while. If that doesn't work, get up and try some quiet activity until you are sleepy again.
- Chocolate, coffee, tea and soft drinks that have caffeine in them may keep you awake. Your body needs four to five hours to halve the amount of caffeine in your blood.
- Give yourself some time to write down worries or concerns about what you will do the next day.
- Don't eat too much just before bedtime.
- Regular exercise during the day will help you sleep.
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