Get Enough Sleep? Maybe You Need Improved Sleep Hygiene?
Promotion of regular sleep is known as Sleep Hygiene. Lack of sleep and lack of quality sleep is a problem faced by many adults and teens in our area as well as across the nation. How do you sleep? Some signs of sleep disorders from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) include:
- You frequently have difficulty sleeping (e.g., trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, feeling unrefreshed after sleep).
- You snore loudly or you or others have observed that you stop breathing or gasp for breath during sleep.
- You suffer from excessive sleepiness during the day.
- You have unpleasant, tingling, creeping feelings or nervousness in your legs when trying to sleep.
Are you having trouble sleeping? The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests these tips:
- Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning.
- Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment, which is neither too hot nor too cold.
- Make sure your bed is comfortable and use it only for sleeping and not for other activities, such as reading, watching TV, or listening to music. Remove all TVs, computers, and other “gadgets” from the bedroom.
- Avoid large meals before bedtime.
If lack of sleep is negatively affecting your day to day life, it’s time to talk to your primary health care provider about it. Your provider can help you rule out or treat conditions that may be causing you difficulty sleeping. Many patients don’t mention sleep problems to their doctor because they assume that there isn’t anything to be done about them, or that testing for problems will be expensive and inconvenient. Fortunately, there are treatments for the most common problems and at home sleep studies are accurate, convenient, and inexpensive.
Want to know how Wisconsin stacks up in sleep statistics? Click here for the CDC’s report on our state’s sleep hygiene. Click here for more information about at home sleep studies available from ReforMedicine.