UNISON Northern Ireland

Mindfulness - How To Sleep Well

Event Date: 
13 May 2019 - 18:00 to 21:00

UNISON Belfast

Sleep is essential for health and well-being. People who have difficulty sleeping are more likely to suffer from serious medical conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Lack of sleep can also affect your cognitive performance, alertness, reaction time, memory, and learning and may affect your daily activities, work, social life, and overall well-being.  Most people who experience sleep disturbance treat themselves with over-the-counter medicines. However, there is increasing evidence that long-term use of such drugs may have negative side-effects including dependency, daytime drowsiness, nausea, fatigue, confusion, and memory problems. “Sleep hygiene” is a set of habits or routine that are believed to contribute to improved sleep. This workshop will explore a range of evidenced-based sleep intervention methods developed by occupational therapists to create and maintain daily life and sleep hygiene routines that promote optimal sleep. Participants will be able to practice some tried and tested techniques and be given some practices to try at home.  It will be delivered by Monique Harte and Greg Kelly, School of Health Sciences, Ulster University

This course is eligible for backfill funding for attendees who work in domiciliary/home care, day care or supported living in the private and community/voluntary sector under the Training for the Domiciliary Care Workforce Project administered by NISCC.  You must get approval from your employer in advance.