Although, seven to nine hours’ uninterrupted sleep a night is needed for prime physical and mental health, 40 percent of adults don’t get a good night’s sleep. Furthermore, 75 percent have their quality of sleep impaired in some way.
ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP?
A good night’s sleep is a critical part of a healthy lifestyle. Yet, 75 percent of adults do not get enough sleep each night. Oftentimes, it’s the things we do to try to fall asleep that actually get in the way of a restful night’s sleep. Fortunately, most of the more common causes of poor sleep can be easily corrected.
Here are a few of the culprits that disrupt a good night’s sleep:
Screen Time — Our bodies are naturally geared to sleep in the dark. Watching TV or getting absorbed in online reading on our beloved mobile devices, tablets and laptops actually key up brain activity, rather than slowing things down. A technology-free sleep environment is part of a healthy nighttime routine. It is also important for children and teenagers as they develop sleep habits that may stick with them throughout adulthood.
Worry — Sometimes when people try to fall asleep, thoughts and concerns continue to churn and leave them tossing and turning. Even when sleep does come, it can be interrupted by waking from worries. If you find this to be the case, reserve a 15- to 30-minute time slot in the early evening as a “worry time,” so that you can clear your mind for a good night’s sleep later.
Alcohol — Drinking alcohol late in the evening can lead to interrupted sleep, especially in the second half of the night. It is also a contributor to sleep apnea. Avoiding caffeine is also a good idea. Many people don’t realize how long caffeine stays in your system. For some, a significant amount of caffeine from a cup of coffee in late morning can linger through bedtime.
Room Temperature — In general, keeping your room at a cooler rather than warm temperature at night is more conducive to a good night’s sleep. However, a warm bath before bedtime can help your body relax and more readily fall asleep.
Did You Know – Acupuncture Can Help With Insomnia
For some people, however, their sleep issues are not so easily resolved. More than 50 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, including insomnia. While sleep aid medications can help in the short term, they don’t address the cause. In these cases, acupuncture has been found to be helpful in addressing the root cause of insomnia and promoting long-term, healthy sleep patterns.
In conclusion, find a balance and routine that works best for you and stick with it. “Sweet dreams” is more than an affectionate nighttime sendoff to slumber. The deepest sleep, during the dreaming phase, allows your body to reset hormones and allows the brain to catch up on rest.
Since 1981, First Health Associates has been providing exceptional health care to residents of Arlington Heights, Mt. Prospect, Schaumburg, Buffalo Grove, Rolling Meadows, Palatine, Elk Grove and Des Plaines. First Health is an integrative medicine practice that offers: Medical Care; Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine; Counseling and Behavioral Therapy; and Chiropractic Care.
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