“Get your beauty rest”. This qoute represents the importance sleep has on health. Sleep relaxes the mind and heals the body. It can improve mood and energy level too. When there’s a sleep disorder, waking hours can be a struggle. Sleep affects every aspect of life. Tips for better sleep are discussed below.
Insomnia presents itself in a variety of sleep patterns:
- Trouble getting to sleep
- Trouble waking up through the night
- Waking up earlier than desired
- Waking up and feeling drained
Simple solutions for sleep should be tried to see if it promotes a good night’s rest:
- Make sure you have a quiet, dark room that’s a comfortable temperature
- Keep bed time consistent
- Avoid alcohol and caffein before bedtime
- Regular exercise improves the depth and quality of sleep
There are also over the counter sleep aids. Herbs to help you sleep include melatonin and valerian root. Some people purchase a sleep aid, such as “Sleep”. There are also natural sleep aids, such as herbal teas, that help induce relaxation to aid in sleeping.
Another factor to consider is the age of the bed. If a mattress or box springs are old, they may need to be replaced. An old set can cause sleep problems. A new mattress and box springs is an easy solution to fix sleep problems.
Foods can help to get good sleep. A glass of warm milk is just what Mom ordered, with good reason. Milk contains amino acids and calcium, which relax the body and mind. Tart cherry juice contains melatonin, which promote sleepiness. Toast has carbohydrates that causes tiredness. Lastly, bananas contain potassium and magnesium, which are sleep aids.
If natural sleep aids don’t work, and the mattress and box springs are ok, then an appointment with a physician is in order. They may prescribe medication. If the prescription doesn’t work, then they will refer to a sleep clinic to determine the cause of the sleep problem.
Sleep clinics can determine if there is a sleeping disorder, such as sleep apnea. If so, they can prescribe a machine, called a CPap, which helps you to breathe better and to sleep well.
There are many things to try to sleep well. Natural sleep aids, a new mattress, and herbs to help you sleep should be tried before going to a sleep clinic. If natural methods don’t help, there may be a sleeping disorder. With help good sleep is on the way!