How Can I Start Sleeping Better?
Did you know that more than 20 to 30 million Americans experience intermittent sleep problems every year? But while sleep problems are common, that doesn't mean that we should sit there and suffer from another poor night's sleep.
Our team at AFC Urgent Care Chelmsford wants you to start getting the sleep you need and deserve every night!
How Much Sleep Should I Be Getting Each Night?
There's no single answer for this question. How much sleep you need will vary, largely depending on your age, though your activity level also plays a role.
The Sleep Foundation recommends that most adults get between seven and nine hours of sleep each night for optimal health. Consistently getting less than that can have a detrimental effect on your health.
Effects of Lack of Sleep
- Increased risk of chronic health conditions
- Diminished attention to detail
- Weakened immune system
What Should I Do If I Can't Sleep?
There might come nights where you just cannot get to sleep. To try and reset your clock, try not to think about the fact that you cannot get to sleep.
If after lying in your bed for around 20 minutes you still can't sleep, get up and perform a relaxing activity like listening to music or reading. You can also try a relaxing exercise to calm your mind. The key is to remove yourself from the bedroom to lull yourself into a sleep mode, then return to the bed.
Ways to Get Better Sleep
- Increase light exposure during the day.
- Reduce blue light exposure at night.
- Avoid caffeine later in day.
- Don't take long daytime naps.
- Stick to a regular sleep schedule.