World Sleep Day: The ‘Managing Sleep’ workshop that is helping people in Wakefield get a good night’s rest

The importance of sleep and its impact on our health is being highlighted on World Sleep Day.

Woman in bed sleeping

There is a workshop by Turning Point Talking Therapies on Managing Sleep that can help develop strategies for an improved night's rest

Today (Friday 19 March) marks the 2021 edition of the annual event – a global call to action about the importance of healthy sleep, which is hosted by the World Sleep Society.

It comes ahead of the spring equinox, when night and day become nearly equal, and publicly shows the efforts being taken toward the prevention and management of sleep disorders.

Sleep is critical for both our physical and emotional wellbeing. Difficulties with sleep can increase our vulnerability to symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety.

Over the last year in particular we may have found our sleep pattern disrupted due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There are steps we can take to improve our sleep habits though and Turning Point Talking Therapies is helping people in Wakefield achieve better sleep with their free ‘Managing Sleep’ workshop.

The 90-minute workshop aims to explore sleep problems by giving people a better understanding of what constitutes poor sleep and what can be done to improve it.

It teaches techniques on how to deal with a racing mind, monitoring our sleep and gives a number of tips on improving your chances of having a refreshing night’s sleep.

Anna Milnes, Prevalence Manager at Turning Point Wakefield Talking Therapies said: “Everybody enjoys the feeling that a deep, uninterrupted night’s sleep gives us.

“We may be unaware though that more often than not it is no accident when we enjoy a good night’s sleep and that there are habits that we can change and strategies we can put in place that improve our chances of having healthy sleep more often.”

The next Managing Sleep workshop is being held on Wednesday 7 April, between 2.30pm and 4pm. It is free for anyone registered with a Wakefield GP to attend.

People can sign up via the Turning Point website: