Research continues to show the importance sleep plays in nearly all aspects of our lives. Getting adequate sleep makes you happier. It makes you healthier. Healthy sleep helps people succeed at work and in their personal relationships. Yet even though many know its importance, often people struggle to get the sleep they need; some even go so far as taking pride on how little they get.
We’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of sleep, especially as some are still adjusting from moving the clocks ahead. If you often find yourself battling daytime sleepiness, keep the following things in mind to help your body get a full night of rest:
Many things can impact sleep—like eating a big meal too closely to bedtime, drinking caffeine too late in the afternoon, not getting enough exercise or excessive stress and worry. Other—less obvious—contributors include:
Age: People over age 65 can have difficulties falling—or staying—asleep because of natural body clock changes, health issues or medication usage.
Illnesses: Conditions ranging from chronic pain, depression and anxiety—to lung, heart, kidney and urological diseases—can all cause sleep disturbances. Other illnesses like cancer and Alzheimer’s disease also interfere with sleep.
Sleep disorders: Sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and insomnia are all medical conditions that require a diagnosis—and treatments—to safeguard your health and improve your life.
Just as there are many things that negatively impact sleep, there are little changes that you can incorporate to help you get better, healthier sleep. Keep these tips in mind as you get ready for bed:
Of course, there may be a larger issue that is impacting your sleep. If you or a loved has sleep-related concerns—or you don’t feel rested even after a full-night’s rest—the HMH Sleep Center provides testing, diagnosis and treatments for a variety of sleep disorders.Posted in: Health