Simple Ways to Improve Your Sleep Habits
Now that we have successfully made it through the first month of 2021 and all the craziness of the holiday season and new year are over, now is the perfect time for a reset to focus on yourself and your health. There is no better area to focus on than your sleep habits and sleep patterns. Sleep is essential to your overall health, both physical and mental. It affects so many areas of your daily life, from energy, to weight loss or weight gain and mood. Poor sleep can also lead to serious health issues related to high blood pressure, increased heart disease, kidney disease, and diabetes. While it is easier said than done, there are simple changes you can make to improve your overall quality of sleep. Read on to learn about these simple tips.
Improve the Ambiance in Your Bedroom
A quality night’s sleep starts in the bedroom. Be sure that your mattress and pillow are conducive to sleeping comfortably. Quality bedding that you enjoy laying on is also helpful. Check out what curtains you have in your bedroom, and if they filter light through, you might want to invest in blackout curtains. Finally, make sure to check the temperature of the room during the nighttime hours. A room that is too warm or too cold will not foster proper sleep habits.
Take Control Over Your Sleep Schedule
Setting a routine for sleeping and waking is the best scenario for maximizing proper sleep. The body thrives on a schedule and doesn’t know how to function properly when bedtimes and wake times vary per day. This also helps you ensure that you are giving yourself adequate time to get the sleep that you need.
Additional Tips to Assist with Sleep
- Have a nightly routine that can include a bath, warmed lotion, cozy pajamas, and hot tea.
- Avoid electronics including TV, video games, and cell phones for approximately 30 minutes prior to bedtime.
- Try to get 30 minutes of exercise per day.
- Be mindful of caffeine and alcohol consumption.
- Avoid bright lights before bed. Use soft lighting to prepare your eyes and mind for sleep.
If you are located in the Poulsbo, WA area and are suffering from poor sleep habits and are concerned that it might be related to sleep apnea please contact us to schedule an appointment. During these difficult times, we assure you that our office remains open and we are also offering telemedicine visits if needed. We look forward to hearing from you soon.
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