As a parent with young children it feels like I talk about sleep a great deal. I also encounter patients with sleep issues frequently in my practice. Not getting a good night’s rest makes everything in life more difficult. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep is a very common complaint.
Here are a couple tips that may help with your sleep:
- Develop a routine and stick to it: Waking, eating, exercising and sleeping at the same time everyday can help the body get into a rhythm. In time, this routine will help your body recognize when it’s time to sleep.
- Skip the nap: Even if you’re a bit tired, leave out the nap. Napping will throw off your internal rhythms, you’ll end up going to sleep even later at night and throw everything off even further.
- Kick the stimulants: Caffeine in any form stimulates the body and specifically the nervous system. It sends it into overdrive and it’s hard to come down off the rush. Alcohol and sugar have also been shown to have negative effects on sleep.
With some effort toward finding time to help yourself, which can be difficult, your body can gradually find a restful balance.