Rather than allowing poor sleep to affect your health, you can reboot your body’s sleeping habits and to restore your ability to get a healthy amount of sleep each night. Start by getting the sleep you need as soon as possible—consistent sleep deprivation during the week cannot be solved by getting more sleep on the weekends. Instead, change your daily schedule to allow for a more regular pattern of sleep every day of the week. Avoid beverages with caffeine and alcohol later in the day; some people find they must avoid these beverages any time after lunch to prevent restlessness and insomnia. Dim the lights in your home after dark and avoid exposing yourself to the light of a television or computer screen as bedtime nears. Bright light causes your body to wake up, and can throw off your internal clock to disrupt your sleeping patterns.
At Sleep Services of Maryland, our physicians can answer your questions and provide effective treatment for sleep disorders including sleep apnea, insomnia, and narcolepsy. Please visit our website or call (240) 912-4683 today for more information.