Sleep is good for our brains – top tips

Alex Mortlock , Clinical Psychologist at the Health Centre is, among other things, a bit of a sleep expert. He shares some top tips for slipping off to the land of nod…

As we all know, sleep is good for our brains. It is especially important when we are putting a lot of pressure on our brains to perform at their best.

PetfulSometimes we don’t prioritise sleep enough when the workload is high, and sometimes we prioritise it too much and spend half the day in bed!

If you give your hard working brain a chance to recover at night, then you’re giving yourself the best chance of studying efficiently and performing with excellence on exam day.

James WindsorHere are some scientifically supported recommendation for things you can do to optimise your sleep quality, daytime alertness, and concentration:


  • Minimise exposure to electronic screens late at night.
  • Give yourself at least 30 mins time to wind down before bed.
  • Spend enough time in bed (8-9 hours), but not more than this.
  • When you can’t sleep, get out of bed for a while, then go back to try again.
  • Have a consistent time for getting up each morning.
  • Get some time outside each day to get your dose of daylight.
  • Do some physical activity each day.
  • Study sitting up, not lying on the bed.
  • Rather than worrying in bed at night, set aside a specific time to worry during the day instead. Write down something helpful you can do about each problem you think of.

Alex Mortlock – Clinical Psychologist, Health Centre

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