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Sleeping Better

Sleep has an important function in our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.

Sleep allows the body to recuperate from physical exertion, rejuvenate tired muscles, replenish energy reserves, and restore tissues of organs including the brain. Sleep also plays a critical role in our capacity to learn and remember information.

The quality of your sleep directly affects the quality of your waking life, including your mental alertness, efficiency, emotion regulation, creativity, energy levels, and even your weight. During the night your sleep moves through predictable stages from deep restorative sleep to more alert phases and dreaming (REM sleep). Each cycle of non-REM and REM sleep takes about 90 minutes, which are repeated four to six times per night.

Due to its links with mental health conditions such as PTSD, anxiety and depression, some veterans experience sleep disturbance with potentially negative impacts on their and their family’s quality of life.

If you have ongoing sleep disturbance, the Sleeping Better Group Program can help you to learn habits, skills and strategies to improve sleep.

Sleeping Better is an educational and skills based group program assisting participants to understand the sleep process and more effectively manage disturbed sleep.

Through this program participants will:

  • Develop an understanding of the sleep process and factors impacting on sleep
  • Learn ways to reduce or eliminate factors detrimental to sleep and to introduce or enhance those beneficial to sleep
  • Explore and understand the impact of sleep disturbances on mood, behaviour and relationships.

The full program is a 2 hour session once a week for 10 weeks.

Shorter workshops are also available in some areas.

Phone VVCS on 1800 011 046 in business hours to find out what is available in your area.

See the VVCS group programs calendar for program dates in your area.

For more information on sleep and sleep disturbance see the Department of Defence - Sleeping Fact Sheet or visit the AT EASE website.