Aching for a good night’s sleep? You’re not alone. Even if you have a sleep disorder, there’s help. According to The National Institutes of Health, regular sleep habits can help you sleep better. Find out how to regulate and improve your sleep habits so you can get back to feeling alert and well-rested during the day.
Don’t toss and turn
If you find yourself in bed awake with your mind racing and your body unable to keep still, just get out of bed. Go curl up on your couch with a good book or a magazine. Put on some calming music or something that isn’t too exciting on TV. When you begin to feel drowsy, head back to bed. It might feel like getting out of bed is going to hinder you getting sleep, but in the long run it will help you get out of the cycle of tossing and turning.
Take care of your body
In order to sleep better, it’s important to have a healthy lifestyle. Exercise helps tremendously, but try not to work out too close to your bedtime. Try to get regular activity every day. Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol and quit smoking. According to The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, people who smoke tend to sleep very lightly and often wake up in the early morning due to nicotine withdrawal. Eat a balanced, nutritious diet, but avoid big meals before bed.
Create a sleep happy atmosphere
Your bedroom needs to be a sanctuary for sleep. Make it a priority to optimize your sleep environment. Ditch the television in your bedroom if you have one. Make sure it’s totally dark when you’re sleeping, even if you have to cover up bright electronics or buy new window dressing. Keep the temperature even and mild, not too cold or hot. In the morning, try to get some sunlight. Toss your drapes open and soak it up, it will help you keep your sleep cycle even.
Get help if you need it
If you experience trouble sleeping every night, you may have a sleep disorder that requires a doctor’s care. Make an appointment to talk to your doctor about your sleep problems as you may require a sleep evaluation for proper diagnosis. Bring along notes so you can share your sleep schedule and habits with your doctor. Be sure to let your doctor know if you’re currently taking any medication. The majority of sleep disorders can easily be treated or managed with the proper diagnoses.
The Sleep Diagnostic Institute is a 2 bed sleep lab located in the Medical Arts Building at Medical Center of Lewisville. We are open 7 nights a week for the diagnosis and treatment of patients four (4) years old and older. The Sleep Diagnostic Institute is dedicated to providing complete testing, diagnosis and treatment of all types of sleep disorders. Our sleep lab utilizes state-of-the-art technology for diagnosing and treating sleep disorders. All of our sleep technologists are Registered Respiratory Therapists and/or Registered Polysomnographic Technologists. They are also certified by the American Heart Association in Advanced Cardiac Life Support.