Call for culturally-aware crisis support for Indigenous peoples in B.C.
Having healthy sleep habits affects your entire wellbeing and can help you live an improved quality of life.
Most adults do best when they get 7 to 8 hours of sleep each day. During sleep your brain completes many important functions: it grows and repairs new cells; it forms new pathways so it can learn, remembering and processing information; and it replenishes your energy for the upcoming day ahead.
Sleep habits greatly affect your mental health. Good sleep habits can help you to feel less stressed, anxious, or down. When you have had enough sleep, your mood is likely to be better, and you can get through your day in a more positive way.
What gets in the way of sleep?
Sometimes getting quality sleep is easier said than done. It might feel challenging at times to get the quality of sleep that you want. There are different factors that can contribute to not being able to dedicate 8 hours to sleep, to fall asleep or to stay asleep.
The everyday stresses of life — your job, your family or relationships, money problems, jet lag — can keep you from sleeping well. Your habits and activities before bedtime, such as drinking coffee and alcohol, watching TV, or using the computer or phone, can also affect how well you sleep. Certain medical conditions like mental health challenges, sleep apnea, or chronic pain can cause sleep problems that happen more often. People who work night shifts may also struggle with getting quality sleep.
For some, it’s a matter of making small adjustments. Sometimes, sleep can be challenging to prioritize when faced with the demands of life and supporting your family or community.
Tips for sleeping well
There are ways to help you improve your sleep habits.
Get into a routine. It doesn’t have to be perfect but going to bed and waking up at the same time everyday, even weekends, can assist in creating long-lasting positive sleep habits.
You may want to talk to a trained mental health professional if mental health challenges, like anxiety or depression, are affecting your quality of sleep. Learn more about getting a good night's sleep.
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HealthLink BC (8-1-1)
Free, reliable non-emergency health information and advice available by phone (8-1-1), online, or mobile app.
Free, reliable non-emergency health information and advice available by phone, online, or mobile app.
Get the health information you need to make decisions for yourself and those you care for. Information is available anywhere in B.C., any time of the day or night, every day of the year, online or by phone.
Visit HealthLinkBC or call 8-1-1 to speak with a health service navigator, who can also connect you with a:
Registered nurse any time, every day of the year
Registered dietitian from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday
Qualified exercise professional from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday
Pharmacist from 5 pm to 9 am every day of the year
Translation services are available in more than 130 languages. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired, you can call 8-1-1 using Video Relay Services (VRS) or Teletypewriter (TTY) – learn more.
A free online, video and phone-based coaching program.
BounceBack™ is for youth, adults, and seniors who are experiencing low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress, or worry. This program gives participants access to workbooks, activities, videos and a trained coach who can provide up to six sessions over the phone.
Choose a program delivery method that works best for you. Programs are available in English, French Mandarin, Cantonese and Punjabi.
BounceBack ™ is run by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). CMHA is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians. Their programs and resources promote mental wellbeing for all, as well as support the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
Online information and resources that help people live well, prevent and manage mental health and substance use challenges.
Find quality information, learn new skills, and connect with key resources in B.C. Explore strategies to help you take care of your mental health and use substances in healthier ways and learn how you can support a loved one.
WELL Health provides both in-person and virtual healthcare for British Columbians with a valid Health Card.
WELL Health Virtual Clinic+ allows you to quickly book an appointment online to see a doctor. You can also find out the latest wait times, hours, and contact information for their medical clinics, or book a telehealth appointment with either your family doctor or another doctor.