Published on 17th March 2017

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Heads up Cheltenham’s focus for March is ‘sleep’ and throughout the month, the Heads up group will be sharing sleep tips and relevant health articles on social media.

Sleep is vital to mental health but surprisingly is something that is easily overlooked.

This month’s theme also coincides with World Sleep Day today (Friday 17 March), which is an annual celebration of sleep and call to action on important sleep issues.

On World Sleep Day, Heads up Cheltenham will upload a short video on their Facebook page with some tips on getting good quality sleep. In the film, Christopher Davis, health and wellbeing coordinator for the Cheltenham Trust, will show how he attempts to create a better environment for sleep and encourage good mental health. He will follow this up next week with another video charting his progress.

Heads up Cheltenham have also made a sleep guide which can be downloaded from their facebook page. The guide includes a bedtime checklist, a daily bedtime routine chart and a daily sleep diary.

Tracy Brown, partnership team leader, says: “Sleep is vital for maintaining normal levels of cognitive skills such as speech and memory and can be affected by diet, exercise, alcohol, stress, light, noise and routine.

“We hope that by highlighting the benefits of a good night’s sleep and sharing tips we’ll help our residents get the best rest possible.”

To contact Heads up Cheltenham or find out more information, view their Facebook page @headsupcheltenham

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