Tips for Sleeping Better
When it comes to sleeping, some people are lucky – they have no problem falling asleep every night. Others, however, are not so lucky. For some, difficulty falling asleep is common, and once they fall asleep they have trouble staying asleep. Whether you have been diagnosed with insomnia or you just wish you could sleep better, there are some things you can do to help ensure better sleep.
Monitor your sleeping time
Experts warn that long naps during the day can be detrimental to getting a good night’s sleep. If you do nap, only do so for 30 minutes or less. And, try to go to bed at night and wake up in the morning at consistent times. Having an irregular sleep pattern can alter your circadian rhythm and your melatonin levels so that your brain isn’t sure when you should be sleeping and when you should be awake.
Watch what (and when) you eat and drink
Of course, most people know you should stay away from caffeine late in the day, but you should also avoid alcohol, which can disrupt sleep. You should avoid eating late in the day as well, as this can affect sleep quality.
Monitor the light around you
If you suffer from insomnia, being in a room with bright light during the day – whether sunlight or artificial light – can help keep you awake during the day and can help you sleep better at night.
Blue light is also something to be aware of. Blue light, which is emitted by electronic devices, can make your brain think it is still daytime. Reduce your exposure by using glasses that block blue light or turning off devices 2 hours before bed.
See your doctor
If you can’t get a good night’s sleep no matter what you try, and it is an ongoing issue, you should let your doctor know. He or she may prescribe medication or have another solution to help; you don’t have to try to live without sleep.
Not being able to sleep can affect all aspects of your life. Call 203-245-0412 to make an appointment at Sleep & Neuroscience Associates in Greenwich, CT, so that you can fall asleep and stay asleep!