Tips for a Good Night's Sleep
Often times my patients come into the office to discuss their challenges
with sleep. Here are some of the things I discuss with them, which may
help you the next time you head to bed:
Remove all distractors of sleep. Start by removing the TV, and ensuring the room is as dark as possible
at night. Keep alarm clocks, telephones and that ever-so-distracting cell
phone across the room as well to ensure quality sleep. Our brains are
so active, that even leaving a device on a nightstand can prevent that
deep sleep we need to feel rested.
Associate the bed with sleep. When you only use your bed for sleep, it can create a healthy mindset
for your brain to get into “sleep mode.” Try not to study
or work in bed which can switch the brain to “work mode” and
can keep you up through the night.
Do not use alcohol to help with sleep. Alcohol can actually worsen sleep, and the rise in blood sugar from the
alcohol mixed with your body’s natural cortisol level can cause
you to wake up at odd hours when you should be fast asleep.
Sleep is such a critical part of a healthy lifestyle. If you’re having
trouble, talk with your physician who can perform a detailed sleep history
prior to creating a plan to put you on a path to a good night’s
sleep. This plan may include your physician referring you to the Hoag
Sleep Health Program for specialized care.
Hoag’s two sleep centers, the
Judy & Richard Voltmer Sleep Center in Newport Beach and the Hoag Sleep Center Irvine, utilize the most advanced
technologies and techniques to evaluate sleep disorders.