We don’t normally post updates at midnight, unless that update is about insomnia, in which case, it makes perfect sense.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, 48% of Americans report occasional insomnia, while 22 % experience insomnia almost every night. Now, a lack of sleep can affect concentration, resulting in drowsiness, crankiness and irritability, but it also can take a toll on your health, putting those who suffer from a lack of sleep at a much higher risk for diabetes, depression and hypertension.
But there are steps you can take to help you find sleep.
- Try to stick to the same sleep routine: going to bed and waking up at the same time to help regulate your body’s internal clock.
- Avoid heavy meals at night. That big bowl of pasta eaten before bedtime can cause discomfort which leads to sleeplessness.
- Short power naps can often help get you through the day and leave you refreshed, but for those suffering from insomnia, even a short nap can interfere with falling asleep at bedtime.
- Keep the light low. Bright light, even from an e-reader, can stimulate brain activity and discourage sleep.
- If you find yourself lying in bed for more than 15 minutes unable to fall asleep, get up. Engage in a quiet activity, like reading or watching television. It’s important for your brain to associate bed with sleeping and not lying awake, watching the clock. But, keep it boring. The more stimulating the activity, the more likely you’ll be to stay wide awake.
If you find your insomnia persists, give us a call at 928-634-2236. We are here to help you feel better and together, we can help you find a good night’s sleep.
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