Sleep Hygiene

What is sleep hygiene?

When someone uses the phrase “sleep hygiene” what they are referring to are behaviors and habits that promote good, healthy sleep. If you’re having trouble sleeping, try following the recommendations below (if you’ve tried these sleeping solutions below without any change, we recommend you consult a physician):
• Maintain a healthy weight
• Keep your cell phone at more than arm’s length while you sleep and keep it on silent
• Don’t eat large meals before bedtime
• Keep your room dark and the temperature moderate and comfy
• Avoid caffeine and alcohol during the four hours before bed
• Keep a routine and go to bed at the same time each night.
• Try a relaxing activity before bed like a hot bath or shower
• Finish any strenuous exercising at least two hours before bed.

The habits listed above may not be easy to implement, but you will likely find the rewards of good sleep far outweigh the effort it takes to achieve it.

What are the benefits of sleeping well?

Most people need 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. When a person is deprived of their required amount of sleep, that lack of sleep can negatively impact a person’s health, their relationships, and a general sense of well-being. But if you’re having trouble sleeping, you probably already know that. What you may not know or remember are the actual benefits of good sleep. Below, you’ll find the positive aspects of a good night’s rest:

Improved memory
Studies have shown that sleep helps strengthen long-term memories and helps store simple tasks that people perform without having to think about them like riding a bike, running, and many other activities in your daily routine.

Improved health
Sleep deficiencies have been proven to have many health risks. Some of the more significant health risks associated with a lack of sleep are tied to the cardiovascular system and include heart failure, heart attacks, heart disease, and diabetes.

Healthy weight
Good sleep promotes good hormone levels in your body. These hormones can be thrown off by a lack of sleep and increase your appetite to maintain your energy level.

Feel better about life
A lack of sleep has been shown to make people irritable, unable to concentrate, and leave many people feeling too exhausted to do the things they enjoy. Sleep really does a body good.

What if good sleep hygiene doesn’t help?

If you’re one of the many people who maintain healthy sleep habits and find you continue to snore, have trouble sleeping, and are tired throughout the day, you may have sleep apnea or a similar sleep disorder. However, the good thing is there’s help for you