Sleep is a favorite hobby for many people, but it is also necessary for living a healthy, fulfilling life. Millions of Americans do not get enough sleep every night due to overwhelming schedules, imperfect sleep environments and sleep disorders.
Symptoms of lack of sleep
Most adults need around 8 hours of sleep per night to feel their best every day. You may feel like you get enough rest. However, if you have any of the symptoms below, you may not be getting the sleep you really need:
- Snoring so much that you wake yourself or your partner
- Feeling grouchy or not fully refreshed upon waking
- Experiencing drowsiness or dozing off in a quiet areas at home, at work or in public
Poor sleep affects not only your day to day well-being, but can also affect your long-term health. Sleep is a time for your body to recharge and take a break from constantly moving and thinking. Without the proper amount of rest, your body cannot fully reboot. This leaves you at a greater risk for heart disease, diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure.
How can you improve your amount and quality of sleep?
- Avoid heavy meals, caffeine and alcohol 4-6 hours before bedtime
- Exercise regularly, but try to avoid strenuous workouts 1-2 hours before you plan to go to bed
- Stick to a regular sleep/wake schedule, even on the weekends (and avoid naps longer than 20 minutes)
- Keep your bedroom dark and cool (a small nightlight is fine if you need it)
- If you can’t sleep, leave your bedroom and do a quiet activity in a dimly lit room (avoid your TV, smartphone and laptop; read a book or work on a puzzle instead)
If you have problems sleeping, or if your partner has complained about your snoring, ask your provider to schedule a sleep study for you. It’s important to determine why you aren’t feeling rested- you may have a serious condition like sleep apnea which causes you to stop breathing in your sleep. Contact CarePro Home Medical if you have questions about sleep studies, snoring or sleep apnea.