Following some simple guidelines can help you get a good night's sleep.
Do you toss, turn and wake feeling less than rested? In honor of National Sleep Awareness Week, we share these guidelines to help you get a good night's sleep.
• Follow a consistent routine. Go to bed and wake up at approximately the same time to help sleeping become a more natural routine. And remember, most adults need between seven and eight hours of sleep each night.
• Focus on the benefits. Sleep contributes to overall good health, and boasts benefits ranging from helping to manage weight to aiding in concentration and memory function. So make sleep a priority. Don't skimp on sleep thinking you'll just make it up another night.
• Don't eat, drink or exercise too close to bedtime. A full belly or full bladder can make falling asleep and sleeping soundly more difficult. Heavy foods and caffeine should be avoided too close to bedtime. In addition, a glass of wine or other alcoholic beverage may help you fall asleep faster, but it will likely compromise the quality of sleep that you experience. And while exercise can contribute to getting a good night's sleep, it's important to exercise at least three hours prior to turning in so that endorphins and excess energy don't keep you awake.
• Create an environment that is conducive to good sleep. Think quiet, dark and cool. Turn off the lights, the television and anything that casts a distracting glow or hum. And set the thermostat on a comfortably cool setting so you're neither too warm or too cold.
If you're already following these guidelines and still not getting a good night's sleep, talk with a doctor about doing a sleep study to help pinpoint the problem. To learn more, visit us online or call 866-403-1209. To schedule a sleep study, call 817-472-4857. You can also find a doctor by calling our Physician Referral line at 1-855-868-6262.