Over 40 million people suffer from sleep problems. If you are not getting at least 8 hours of sleep at night, you are not well rested. Long term, this can cause health problems or worsen pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
There are many types of sleep problems such as insomnia, snoring, and sleep apnea.
Insomnia is when you have trouble falling asleep, getting back to sleep or waking up too early.
Snoring is simply excess vibration in the throat that causes a noisy and restless sleep.
Sleep Apnea is when you stop breathing for a short time while you sleep. It can be a few seconds or up to a minute.
Many things can disturb your sleep such as stress, work, TV, pets in the room, room temperatures and what you eat or drink before bed.
While many things can disturb your sleep for a short time, such as work or family stress; ongoing sleep problems need to be discussed with your doctor.
If you would like to sleep better, follow some simple steps:
- Go to bed and arise at the same time each day
- Don't exercise right before bedtime
- Don't eat large meals too close to bedtime
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol before bedtime
- Avoid distractions such as the TV
- Wind down a little before bedtime…a warm bath or shower could work wonders