New Year’s Resolutions for Better Sleep
Submitted by New Jersey Snoring Solutions on Tue 12/27/2016 - 09:00
Is a happier, healthier you on top of your list of New Year’s resolutions? If so, getting a good night’s sleep is one of the easiest ways to improve your life. Research shows sleep can help increase cognitive function (e.g., memory, concentration skills) and lower one’s risk of chronic conditions including diabetes. In this blog post, Dr. Ivan Stein shares his top New Year Resolutions for a better night’s rest.
Cut Out the Late-night Snacking
Finish dinner at least two to three hours before you go to bed and limit evening snacks. Eating too close to bedtime can make you feel uncomfortable and keep you awake, while little rest and sleep can make you eat more. Numerous studies have shown that sleep deprivation prompts hunger and weight gain.
Turn Off Electronics
Your smartphone, TV and laptop stimulate your brain, and the bright light coming from them signals your brain to stay awake. Make a resolution to turn off all electronic devices at least an hour before going to bed. If you must use a laptop, computer or tablet, lower the brightness of your screen.
Stick to a Schedule
Sticking to a bedtime hour helps set your body’s internal clock and improve your quality of sleep. Choose a time when you naturally feel tired so that you are not restless. Keep in mind that you should stick to your bedtime during the weekend as well. Staying up or sleeping in on the weekend can throw off your sleep schedule for days.
Make Your Bedroom Your Sanctuary
As your bedtime approaches, set the mood. Turn off your lights in your room. If you need light, use a nightstand lamp or nightlight. Set the temperature to 60 and 67 degrees Fahrenheit. Eliminate noise with ear plugs. Consider investing in blackout curtains or a sleep mask. Scent your bedsheets with lavender, chamomile or other soothing oils.
Do You Struggle to Get a Good Night’s Rest?
Sometimes even the best sleeping habits are not enough to ensure a good night’s rest. Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which a person repeatedly stops breathing during sleep. Common symptoms include snoring, excessive sleepiness, irritability and mood swings. To learn more about sleep apnea, or to schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Ivan Stein by calling New Jersey Sleep Apnea Solutions at (855) WHY-SNORE or (855) 949-7667 today.