Sleep plays an important role in the health of your body and mind. Achieving better-quality sleep can improve your mood and increase your ability to concentrate on tasks and remember information. Making some simple lifestyle changes can improve your sleep quality and have a beneficial impact on all aspects of your life.
Stick To a Schedule
One of the best ways to help your body fall asleep and wake up rested is to develop a sleep schedule—and stick to it. Rather than getting too little sleep during the week and trying to make up for it on the weekends, even out your sleep schedule so you get a healthy amount of rest every night. Each person is different, but most adults need approximately seven to eight hours of sleep each night to feel rested and healthy. Find the amount of sleep that works best for you, then create a schedule that allows you to maintain the right amount of sleep each night. If you must stay up late, return to your schedule as soon as possible to restore your healthy sleep cycle.
Many activities and electronics provide distractions that can disrupt your body’s natural journey toward sleep each night. Dim the lights in your home as your evening draws to a close. Don’t spend time in front of the television or computer to unwind—the light from these devices can stimulate your body, making it hard to fall asleep later. When reading, avoid using a backlit device or phone. As you prepare for bed, put your phone on silent and out of reach to avoid distraction. Mask any outside noises with sounds that will help you sleep or a white noise generator.
Are you ready to achieve the best sleep of your life? Contact Sleep Services of Maryland today by calling (240) 912-4683 to book an appointment with us. Our board certified physicians offer comprehensive treatment for sleep disorders in the Rockville area. You can learn more about healthy sleep on our website.