Getting better sleep is a common desire for many. Here we will discuss different tools and recommendations on how to get better sleep.
Without good sleep, the body and mind do not feel and perform at optimum levels. Many things in life are not the same without a good nights sleep.
Before we get started, it is important to review the basics of sleep. What is sleep?
Once you have reviewed the basics concepts of sleep, and appreciate that it is basic biologic need, next we need to respect the fact that your body needs a specific amount of sleep to function. Insuring adequate total sleep time is integral in feeling well rested. How Many Hours of Sleep Do I Need?
SLEEP HYGIENE TIPS:
Maintain a regular sleep routine
Avoid naps if possible
Don’t stay in bed awake for more than 5-10 minutes.
Don’t watch TV or read in bed.
Do not drink caffeine inappropriately
Avoid inappropriate substances that interfere with sleep
Have a quiet, comfortable bedroom
Have a comfortable pre-bedtime routine
After mastering the basics of sleep hygiene, and obeying the "Rules for Good Sleep", most people will be satisfied, getting good sleep, and feel well rested. If you are chronically sleep after following all of the basics, it is probably time to talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Learn more about How to Fall Asleep
There are several sleep disorders that cause excessive daytime sleepiness or "hypersomnia". Even with good sleep hygiene, a sleep disorder can prevent or interfere with a good nights sleep.
Some sleep disorders that can interfere with better sleep include: insomnia, sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless legs syndrome, and periodic leg movement syndrome. There are several dozen sleep disorders which share many of the same symptoms.
For most, following the basics rules for sleep hygiene will help them get better sleep.
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