For December, we are extending our special for a FREE Sleep Apnea Screening! It’s so important not only to get the right amount of sleep, but for that sleep to be restful as well.
A proliferation of ads for energy drinks and prescription sleep aids reveal an American culture that is tense and tired. Nearly a third of working adults get less than six hours of sleep a night, according to a recent CDC report.
Fatigue management consultants now work with more than half of the Fortune 500 companies, law-enforcement groups, and even football teams, to ensure that they have energetic and safe workers.
Fortunately, there really are steps you can take to adapt sleep to your modern life. And while it’s not as easy as popping a pill, these suggestions can help you live a longer and healthier.
* Start by going to bed at the same time every night. Make it eight hours before you have to get up in the a.m.
* Don’t use your smartphone, computer or close-to-you television for an hour before going to bed. They emit blue light that the body treats as sunlight. It deters the onset of sleep by encouraging the brain to stay alert. Never sleep with your smartphone or tablet.
* Studies show using yoga or mind-relaxing techniques before bed will increase sleep quality and quantity.
* By developing better sleep habits, you’ll know when you actually went to sleep or whether you just spent the night tossing and turning.
* Consumer devices like headbands that measure brain waves and pedometer-like devices that measure movement are available. They track the real effects of each day’s choices on that night’s sleep and give answers similar to those you would get at a sleep lab. Getting a good night’s sleep takes a certain amount of planning before bedtime, but it’s well worth it.
* Health, mental sharpness, sex, relationships, creativity and memories are parts of what makes you who you are. All of these things depend on how many hours of sleep you get each night.