Four tips to improve your sleep habits
Are you tired of tossing and turning in bed, night after night, desperately seeking a good night’s sleep? If so, you’re not alone.
One-third of adults in the United States consistently fall short of the recommended amount of sleep. That would be seven or more hours per night.
Sleep deprivation can affect both your immediate well-being and long-term health. This is especially true if you have chronic insomnia or another untreated sleep disorder that keeps you from getting the amount and quality of sleep that you need for good health.
“As difficult as insomnia can be by itself, ongoing sleep deprivation can lead to other significant health problems,” says Derek Loewy, PhD, a clinical psychologist and sleep medicine specialist at Scripps Clinic.
Sleep problems can raise the risk of chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, obesity and depression. Lack of sleep can also seep into your daily life. It can become a catalyst for vehicle accidents and mishaps at work.
So, if you’ve ever found yourself staring at the ceiling in the wee hours, longing for the sweet embrace of a good night’s sleep, consider making some changes.
Dr. Loewy offers four tips to improve your sleep:
1. Maintain a healthy sleeping environment
2. Clear your mind of things keeping you up at night
3. Take advantage of the body’s internal clock
4. Prepare your body for sleep
It’s important to practice good sleeping habits. Changing the bad ones may be the answer to a better night's sleep. If you think you have a sleep disorder, consult with your doctor or a sleep medicine specialist.