Skip to content

A recipe for better rest – do not settle for poor-quality sleep

Sleep doctor Henri Tuomilehto believes that there has never been a better time to talk about good-quality sleep. Working and studying are causing more and more stress, and this highlights the importance of recovery.

“Cognitive work is much more stressful than physical work, and the stress often follows people into their free time”, Tuomilehto says. He believes that digitalisation is one of the main reasons why people are more stressed. We think we have to be available 24/7, so we end up multitasking.

“At the same time people are sleeping less than ever. They’re burning the candle at both ends.”

Tuomilehto calls for balance between stress and recovery. If there’s consistently too little sleep and recovery, there’s a risk of a burnout. The good news is that we all can sleep better.

“Sometimes you just need help. You shouldn’t settle for poor-quality sleep. Even the trickiest of situations can be solved”, argues Tuomilehto, who has created the world’s first systematic sleep training programme based on scientific evidence.

The sleep doctor is interested in questions students pose about sleep

A sleeping student, a logo of FSHS Day and the texts " Thursday 21 March 2024 from 2 pm to 3 pm" and "A recipe for better rest".

Docent Henri Tuomilehto is an entrepreneur, writer, speaker and a world leader in treating sleep disorders. He has been conducting research on sleep and its effects on health for 20 years – especially on how to improve sleep and overcome sleep disorders through self-care.

You can join his lecture in a Teams webinar Reseptejä parempaan uneen (A recipe for better rest) in Finnish on 21 March 2024 from 2 to 3 pm. The webinar will be based entirely on sleep-related questions sent in by students, higher education institutions and student health professionals. Read more about the webinar and how to join in on our Finnish-language website.

Henri Tuomilehto is clearly looking forward to the occasion. “I find working with young people really gratifying and I’m eager to hear what students are concerned about and interested in when it comes to sleep. This is a unique opportunity for a joint discussion.”

Henri Tuomilehto.

FSHS Day is part of our student healthcare anniversary

FSHS days are held yearly in March. The upcoming event will be extra special, as 2024 marks our 70th anniversary. FSHS Day is one of the anniversary events.

Promoting the health of students in higher education has always been the FSHS’s key task. We address a range of health topics in our webinars and campaigns, and this time the topic is sleep. Henri Tuomilehto is keen to stress its importance:

“Sleep has a bigger impact on our health than we might think. Good-quality sleep is the single most important source of recovery and energy.”

FSHS 70th anniversary logo with the text "FSHS, 70, 1954–2024".