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Problems with sleeping

Age, lifestyle, environment and diet all play a part in influencing the amount of sleep a person needs. Most healthy adults sleep for about seven to nine hours a night. As a person gets older, it becomes more difficult to maintain that amount of sleep even though it might still be needed. Sleep problems are very common and affect people in different ways. There isn’t a ‘right’ amount of sleep as everyone is different – some people need a bit more and others need a bit less. Whilst it is normal to dream and sometimes suffer disturbed sleep, some people have problems with sleep that last for weeks, months or even years. This can have an impact on daily life, including energy levels, mood and concentration. Disturbed sleep also impacts on relationships and social life, as well as on carrying out day-to-day tasks. There is a close relationship between sleep and mental health – many people who experience mental health problems also experience sleep problems. 

Read the NHS self-help guide to Sleeping Problems.

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We all have times when life’s problems affect our mental health. Maybe you are feeling down and need a safe space to chat, or you would like to meet new people or try something different? This website lists over 100 groups in and around Camden, many offering free or low-cost activities. While some will help with a specific problem, others offer everyday activities to encourage us all to get out and about. Why not find what appeals to you. You can make a list of the groups that are of interest with ‘My Shortlist’.  
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