The need for sleep is basic for us to get on with our daily lives. Lack of sleep has an effect on appetite and it compromises the immune system causing more frequent illness as well as having many other negative impacts.
Difficulty in sleeping is caused by many factors. For example, pain, stress, worry, lack of exercise can disrupt sleeping patterns. There are a few simple things to do which help to promote better sleep which in turn will have a positive effect on one’s life in general
1. Take enough physical exercise during the day so that you are tired enough to sleep at night
2. Eat regular, healthy meals although this can be difficult as lack of sleep affects appetite.
3. Establish a relaxing bedtime routine-play soft music or have a bath before bedtime, for example.
4. Keep stress levels and worry to a minimum.
5. Avoid caffeine before bedtime.
Sometimes it is necessary to take medication either in the short-term to re-establish a better sleeping pattern or on a more long-term basis if problems with sleeping persist. A visit to the doctor will determine the need for this. If you are suffering from pain or a particular medical condition which is affecting your sleep a doctor will be able to address this and prescribe accordingly if necessary.
Alcohol can be good to aid relaxation but is not conducive to natural, restful sleep so sometimes it is best avoided, especially if taking medication to aid sleep. There is some value in considering yoga or another relaxation therapy to promote good sleeping patterns and improve the quality of life in general.
Minimizing stress and worry is also important and renewing lifestyle choices to achieve this is a worthwhile thing to do. Keeping a regular routine and avoiding unnecessary disruption in it is also conducive to sleep and improving quality of life in general.
Overall, the need for sleep is basic to general health and well-being. Without it, all aspects of daily living are negatively affected. Use the tips in this article to modify your lifestyle to ensure better rest and/or visit the doctor if sleeping problems become chronic or if they are due to an underlying medical condition.