Promoting Good Sleep Habits
Restless nights have that frustrating ability to sap your energy and vitality. Without enough sleep, individuals tend to become more forgetful, have difficulty concentrating, become more accident prone, and often feel irritable. Sleep is a physiological necessity that is part of what the brain and body need to survive. Promoting good sleep habits is an important factor in your quality of life. Good sleep habits include:
- Going to bed at the same time every night
- Reserving your bed for sleep and sex—watching television and reading should be done in another room
- Avoiding alcohol, caffeine, and cigarettes, especially in the afternoon and evening
- Limiting drinking liquids a few hours before bedtime
- Sleeping on comfortable bedding
- Avoiding going to bed hungry or too full, which can both cause physical discomfort
- Sleeping in a cool, quiet, dark room, wearing earplugs and eyeshades to block out light and sound.
- Limiting naps and never napping for longer than 30 minutes
- Exercising at least 20-30 minutes three days per week
There are many health problems that can lead to a poor night’s sleep. Pain, heartburn, respiratory problems, menopause, and certain medications can all interrupt normal sleeping patterns. An enlarged prostate or other health issues can causes an increased need to get up and go to the bathroom during the night, which can also disturb your sleep. Sleep disorders , such as insomnia and sleep apnea, are also huge problems for many adults.
Sleep is a necessity, not a commodity. Getting a good night’s sleep and maintaining good sleep habits are just as important for your overall health as good nutrition and regular exercise. If you are having problems sleeping or have any questions regarding sleep habits, contact Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center at (702) 233-5300.