Turning Point in Wakefield offers help for troubled sleepers.

News item posted: 17 March 2017

Turning Point's Rightsteps service, which serves communities in Wakefield, Castleford, Pontefract and South Kirby, is offering workshop sessions this weekend, to help those who have trouble sleeping.

As well as the benefits of better sleep for mental health, there are many known benefits for physical health, including reduced risk of weight gain and diabetes. The help that Rightsteps can offer is based around easy, accessible tips that can help people to get a better night's rest.

Allan Bednar, a Team Leader at Wakefield Rightsteps, explained:

"We've known for a long time that good quality of sleep is beneficial for good health and wellbeing. While it's true that poor mental health can actually be a cause of lost sleep, as well as a consequence, the two are intimately related, and a conscious effort to improve sleep can be a major aid to those feeling down or anxious.

"The good news is that there are many things you can do to help yourself fall asleep, from your sleeping environment, to how you structure your day, to what you think about as you are actually falling asleep. These are easy habits to learn and adopt, and anyone who finds that they struggle to sleep, or that their sleep is not refreshing, can benefit from these."

If you're in Wakefield, Castleford, Pontefract or South Kirby, and you have difficulty getting to sleep, or you find that you feel tired when you wake up, then come along this Saturday (March 21st). Workshops will run at 9.30am, at the Elizabethan Gallery, Brook Street, Trinity Walk, Wakefield, WF1 1QW, and at 1.30pm at the Salvation Army, Booth St, Castleford WF10 1SA. Each session will last two hours and booking is essential - you can ring 01924 234 860, email rightsteps.wakefield@turning-point.co.uk, or fill in our online referral form here: /rightsteps-wakefield.aspx .

Turning Point Rightsteps Wakefield is part of the government's Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) programme, which offers easy-to-access help for those affected by mild-to-moderate mental health issues.