Use these tips to help ensure you are getting a restful night’s sleep.
Getting a restful night’s sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. Unfortunately, a good night’s sleep can be harder than it sounds. With the stress of daily life, falling into a deep sleep can be easier said than done. Keep these tips in mind to start sleeping for better health.
- Know the signs of sleep deprivation. Constantly sleeping less than seven hours a night is the first sign that you are sleep deprived. A change in your emotional stability, having trouble concentrating, and weight gain are all signs of sleep deprivation. Keep in mind that sleep deprivation can creep up on you over the years.
- Know how to remedy the situation. Figure out what is causing you to lose sleep at night. Consider putting down your phone or tablet and turning off the TV an hour earlier than usual to give you the time to relax. Many electronic devices suppress melatonin, which you need for a restful night’s sleep.
- Know the signs of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is more common in adults and those who are obese. While snoring is the main symptom, it does not mean that everyone who snores has sleep apnea. People with sleep apnea pause their breathing while sleeping often, which will cause the oxygen levels in their body to fluctuate greatly.
- Know how to establish good sleeping habits. The best way to get into good sleeping habits is to set a sleep/wake schedule, and stick to it as best you can during the weekends. Avoid caffeinated drinks after noon and turn off all electronic devices at least an hour before bed.