Why do so many Americans have difficulty getting a good night sleep? Here are some of the reasons known to impede quality sleep:
Over Cafinated…..snacks, coffee, soda, energy drinks, etc.
Over Medicated…..Prescription Medications, etc.
Over Wired…..Internet use, social media, TV, etc.
Over Stressed…..Job, money, relationships, schedules, etc.
Over Worked…..Long hours, long shifts, bringing work home, etc.
Over Weight…..Not having time to eat healthy, no exercise, eating because of stress, etc.
The point is clear. We are not always fair to our bodies and we constantly allow a world of external factors to impact our ability to get good sleep. It has been reported that over 10 million Americans suffer from undiagnosed sleep apnea. Those having the sleep disorder are usually overly tired during the day and consequently are at risk of having accidents and making poor decisions. Sleep apnea also can lead to heart problems, stroke or diabetes. Sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated medically.
Often times other sleep problems can be self correcting by taking a few steps to prepare for a good night’s sleep. Going to bed at the same time each night and waking at the same time each morning is a great starting point as the habit will help train the body. What we do hours before we go to sleep can have a great impact on our ability to fall asleep easily. Not taking naps in the late afternoon and performing relaxing activities before bedtime is very helpful. Avoiding stressful tasks like studying or working on finances just before bed will help relax the mind. Staying away from over stimulation with TV or loud music and not consuming caffeinated products also calms the body before sleep. By making these simple practices a part of your routine, you can help promote better sleep.
At New Horizon, we perform sleep apnea screenings, administer sleep apnea home tests and diagnose sleep disorders. Our medical doctor prescribes appropriate treatment that will help the patient restore healthy sleeping. This in turn will help promote an improved quality of life and make for a more energized lifestyle. Don’t let your sleepless nights rob you of the vitality you have enjoyed for so long.