Sleep is an important part of our mental well-being. Lack of sleep can also have serious health and safety consequences. Even several days of inadequate sleep can affect mood, cognitive functioning, and energy levels.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, the following are recommendations for various age groups:

  • children  10-11 hours of sleep;
  • teens  8.5 – 9.5 hours of sleep; 
  • adults 7-9 hours of sleep;
  • older adults tend to need 1-2 fewer hours than the average adult of sleep.

Should a person not get enough sleep they may experience the following:

  • Decreased cognitive functioning
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Low mood and irritability
  • Decreased energy
  • Decreased work productivity
  • Poorer work performance

There are also long-term consequences when a person does not get enough sleep for an extended period of time, including:

  • Decreased ability to resist colds and infections
  • Depression
  • Increased body mass and fat accumulation
  • High blood pressure
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Difficulty with learning and retaining new information
  • Memory issues

It is possible to help yourself get more sleep and to also improve the quality of your sleep as well. Check out this video for some ideas and the resources below.

Sleep is an important part of our mental well-being.

Web Resources



The Common Sleep Problems

by MyWorkplaceHealth


Sink Into Sleep: A Step-by-Step Workbook for Insomnia

By: Judith R. Davidson (2013)
Using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) this book offers a step-by-step, easy format, allowing the reader to follow the same effective program that patients in the clinic do.

Sleep And You: Sleep Better, Live Better

By: Diane Boivin (2014)
An easy and readable guide to the latest scientific information on how and why to sleep better and improve your wellbeing.

The Insomnia Workbook

By: S. Silberman
Is designed to simulate the experience of seeing a professional CBT sleep specialist. First, you'll assess your sleep habits with questionnaires and evaluate how your sleep problem affects your life; then you'll learn a variety of proven techniques sleep specialists recommend to their clients. 


Get Sleepy

Unique stories help calm the mind and relax the body. Press play, it's time to Get Sleepy...

Sleep With Me with Drew “Scooter” Ackerman

Tune in for a bedtime story that lets you forget your problems and progressively gets more boring until you fall to sleep.

Casper Sleep Channel

Wind down and drift off with the Casper Sleep Channel: a magical slumberland of sounds, meditations, and bedtime stories to help you sleep.

Nothing Much Happens: Bedtime Stories for Adults

Join Yoga and meditation teacher Kathryn Nicolai for bedtime stories where nothing much happens to help you relax and sleep peacefully.

Meditation Minis

Short guided 10 minute meditations to calm your anxiety, overcome negative thinking, increase your confidence, and more.

Sleep Whispers

Whispered readings and ramblings for relaxation and sleeping. Includes soothing meditations, interesting stories, tranquil poems, educational Wikipedia articles, and listener feedback.


The Common Sleep Problems

by MyWorkplaceHealth