Simple Ways You Can Get More Restful Sleep
No matter your age, sleep plays a key role in your health and well-being. Some of the reasons are obvious, but others may not be well known.
Those under the age of 25 need sleep in order to grow. Much of the processes the brain needs to develop to experience proper growth happens while sleeping, which is why younger children require so many hours of sleep. Those who are older need sleep in order to maintain proper mental functioning. A lack of sleep for just one night can lead to tiredness with daily activities and lack of concentration. Over time, long-term lack of sleep can lead to chronic illnesses, hallucinations, and even memory issues.
Sleep is arguably one of the most important ways we can take care of our health, but that is easier said than done in many cases. Sleep doesn’t always come so simple. So, what can you do to increase restful sleep? Consider the tips below.
- Do not take naps. Even if you are tired during the daytime, taking a cat nap will not help with your sleep patterns.
- Stick to a schedule. Sticking to a specific schedule of sleeping and being awake can make sure your body’s clock is tired and alert at the right times.
- Exercise. This will be sure that you are tired at the end of the day and ready for rest.
- Adopt a relaxing bedtime routine. Sometimes, stress from the day leaks into our nightly thoughts and leads to a restless night. Try meditation or deep breathing. Even reading a few pages of a book could help.
- Avoid caffeine and nicotine four hours before bed.
- Make dinner a lighter meal. A stomach that is too full can lead to nighttime wakefulness.
- Lastly, make sure you are comfortable. Shop around for the right mattress, sheets, and pillow for you.
Are you having trouble with sleep and want to talk with an experienced physician? Contact O2 Pulmonary & Sleep Group for an appointment at 214-919-0757.