The benefits of a good night’s sleep seem innumerable – sleeping well can help improve cognitive functioning, boost mood, and lead to better overall health. To improve your sleep at night, follow these tips:
Have a ritual. – Repeating the same actions each night before going to bed indicates to your body that it is time to sleep. In time, your body will become conditioned to respond to those actions (be they reading, taking a bath, or meditating) by becoming sleepier.
Create a sleep schedule and try not to deviate from it. – It is best to go to sleep and wake up around the same time each day. Though it can be tempting to stay awake for a few extra hours or sleep in a little later on weekends and holidays, doing so risks throwing off your sleep schedule, rendering it more difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep for an adequate amount of time.
Make your sleep space comfortable. – Most people find that dark, cool, and quiet spaces are most conducive to sleep. Also, having a comfortable mattress and pillow can greatly improve each night’s sleep.
Be selective about what you put in your body. – Going to bed with an empty or overfull stomach can create discomfort that prevents makes it difficult to fall asleep. Additionally, drinking large amounts of liquid right before sleep can necessitate multiple trips to the bathroom during the night that interrupt sleep. Caffeine and alcohol should also be avoided during the hours before bedtime, as they can keep a person awake or prevent a person from falling asleep.
If after following these tips you are still experiencing difficulties with getting a good night’s sleep, call Lake Norman Pulmonary and schedule an appointment so you can start feeling the benefits of adequate sleep sooner.