Do you get enough sleep?

We know that sleep is an important part of our health and wellbeing, but we also know that being a young carer can mean many late nights, early starts and broken nights of sleep.

Try seeking small improvements on how much sleep you’re able to get in a day, maybe by seeking out more support around your caring role.  You can also try to improve the quality of sleep you’re getting.  There are many things outside of your control that will affect your sleep, but below are some factors that you might be able to control:

  • What’s your caffeine intake in a day?  Can you cut back on the amount of coffee you drink?
  • What is your exposure to light and mobile devices before bed?  Can you give yourself 30 minutes before you close your eyes where you don’t scroll through Instagram or check Snapchat?

If you have a routine that works for you, or if you have any advice for other young carers, jump onto our online forum and share your experiences!  ReachOut Australia also offers some strategies for getting a good night’s sleep – have any of these tips worked for you?