Sleep is one of the most important factors for determining your overall health. During sleep your body repairs cells and other varying health functions. A lack of sleep has been linked to a myriad of health problems including a loss of diet and appetite, increased risks for varying diseases such as health disease, and premature death. While many people understand the importance of sleep, they often find it difficult to get to sleep or to engage in longer uninterrupted sleep. This article will provide five tips for improving your sleep so that your body can operate in an overall more efficient and healthy manner.
Monitor How You Sleep
If you are having problems sleeping, or awake from sleep tired and unable to make sense of your sleeping habits, then you may want to monitor how you sleep with professional oversight and guidance. There are various sleep centers that can monitor how you sleep and provide advice for factors that may be harming your sleep. Often this comes down to a sleep apnea that may be harming your breathing during sleep and preventing you from reaching certain deeper levels of sleep known as the rapid eye movement stage of sleep (REM) during which most of your restorative property of sleep is reached. Visit a sleep center and understand what their professional opinion as to what is wrong with your sleep cycle.
Try a New Location or Mattress
Sometimes your sleep is impacted by something in your environment such as an old mattress that is not comfortable or a loud sleeping environment. To see if you’re sleeping environment is the problem try taking a weekend trip to a hotel and compare how you sleep. A simple fix in your mattress may lead to a better sleep for you overall.
Many sleep apneas and sleeping problems result from blocked airways that arise as a result of being overweight. Losing weight and reducing the constrictions that your body size may have on your airways can improve your overall sleeping habits. Try exercising regularly and seeing the impact on your overall sleeping habits.
Cut the Caffeine
Many people realize the caffeine prevents them from sleeping but feel as if their body has become desensitized to caffeine due to their constant exposure to it. While this can occur, try dialing back on the consumption of caffeine or restricting it to the morning to see if it impacts your overall sleep. If so, consider cutting it out altogether to see how it impacts your sleep.
A Positive Routine
Many people try to head to sleep after watching television or a movie or engaging in an otherwise intense activity, only to find their mind racing and unable to go to sleep. Before sleeping, try a relaxing activity that does not leave you over stimulated and otherwise unable to sleep.
Sleep is one of the most important body functions and without regular sleep your body cannot operate efficiently. If you find yourself unable to sleep for a significant amount of time it is often best to consult with a doctor. However, if you are having minor sleeping disturbances try these five tips to sleep if your sleep improves and rest well.
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