Lifestyle Changes That Promote Sleep
How many times has your doctor, or a family member reminded you of the importance of getting enough sleep? Sleep is something we all know we need, and scientifically, we are all beginning to understand exactly why. Yet, it is still one of the most neglected areas of our health in America. Often the first defense to trouble sleeping is turning to medication that may have annoying or even unhealthy side effects. While extreme cases may call for medication, there are also things you can do in your own life to help increase both your quantity and quality of sleep without the need for a pill.
Diet & Exercise
There is really no replacement in any healthy part of your life for the proper diet and exercise. Substances such as caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol can greatly affect sleeping patterns, especially when used within the second half of the waking day. Being active can help you get to sleep faster at night as well.
Make Your Bedroom A Sanctuary
Often, we forget that despite being completely intelligent beings that we still respond and are trained by stimuli. It is crucial that your body recognizes your bedroom is only for one purpose; sleep. Otherwise, subconsciously, you won’t be able to relax as easily when also using it as a playroom or an office.
Talk to Your Doctor About What’s Keeping You Awake
Is there something health-wise keeping you from getting the proper shut-eye? You may think it’s normal to toss and turns with pain, itching, or a ringing in your ears, but it doesn’t have to be your normal. Do not be afraid to talk with a physician about what is bothering you since they might be able to make a world of difference.
Contact O2 Pulmonary & Sleep Group
Having trouble with sleep and want to talk with an experienced physician? Contact O2 Pulmonary & Sleep Group for an appointment.