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6 Best Sleep Habits for a Healthier Lifestyle

No matter what you’re doing, whether that’s work, school, or even preparing for a family gathering or holiday event, sleep disorders can make those things much harder than they need to be. Bad sleep habits can reduce focus and energy levels to the degree that it affects how we perform and the overall enjoyment of our day-to-day lives. Despite the stress and chaos of life, there are several ways you can improve your sleep patterns so that being exhausted is one less thing you have to worry about. Here are the 6 best sleep habits for a healthier lifestyle:

No matter what you’re doing, whether that’s work, school, or even preparing for a family gathering or holiday event, sleep disorders can make those things much harder than they need to be. Bad sleep habits can reduce focus and energy levels to the degree that it affects how we perform and the overall enjoyment of our day-to-day lives. Despite the stress and chaos of life, there are several ways you can improve your sleep patterns so that being exhausted is one less thing you have to worry about. Here are the 6 best sleep habits for a healthier lifestyle:

The Right Sleeping Environment

What’s the right environment for sleep? For many people it varies, but a general rule-of-thumb is to be in a room that is as dark as possible and as quiet as possible. In some cases, a little bit of sound can help people sleep better like a low-hum fan or the sound of crickets, but removing other sounds like TV can benefit a healthy sleep habit. This also means making sure the temperature isn’t too cold or too hot. 

 

 

Avoid Electronics Before Sleep

The blue light that is produced from things like TVs, computers, and smartphones can actually cause restlessness if you use them close to bedtime. To prevent this, stop using these an hour or so before actually going to bed. If you fall asleep looking at your phone or the TV, just replace it with a book. An actual book. Not a digital one. 

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Less Activities Before Sleep

Retraining your body and brain to recognize the bed as a place of rest is the best way to turn that into a habit. If you’re lying in bed for 20 minutes or so before you actually fall asleep, this creates poor sleeping habits. If you can’t fall asleep, get up out of bed until you’re tired enough to fall asleep. 

 

Exercising Habits

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Not only is exercise good for our overall health, but it also helps us expend energy in a way that allows us to sleep better. This doesn’t mean that you should exercise just before going to bed. Anytime during the day should be fine. Even if it’s just a small activity like walking or jogging, it’s better than nothing. 

Stress Management Habits

In a fast-paced society, it’s not hard for someone to develop stress and anxiety that keeps them from falling or staying asleep. Breathing exercises are a great thing to do just before going to bed that relaxes the body, but if it’s something more serious, cognitive therapy by a professional is always a solution. 

 

Take Sleep Study

In the end, if you’ve tried these 6 best sleep habits for a healthier lifestyle and nothing has worked, it may be time to schedule a sleep study with a specialist to find out what’s wrong. It could be something like sleep apnea. A sleep study can get those questions answered that lead to treatment options and a healthier lifestyle.

 

Obtaining the Best Sleep Habits

Trying these methods out could change your sleep habits for the better, even if temporarily. For more permanent solutions, a sleep study by a professional at the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute is an option. Not only will they find the problem, they’ll also find the solution.

peaking of solutions, check out the ENT’s video on Inspire, a new method of sleep disorder treatment. 

 

To make an appointment for a sleep study, call 770-740-1860. Same-day and Saturday appointments available.

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