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    Could Bad Habits Be Disrupting Your Sleep?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Even if you get the recommended hours of sleep each night, you won’t wake up feeling refreshed unless you are achieving quality sleep. In order for your body to repair and restore energy, it needs deep, REM sleep. There are three common habits that can impair your ability to achieve REM sleep each night—smoking, drinking alcohol, and consuming caffeine.

    This video explains exactly how caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine impair your body’s ability to sleep each night. Both caffeine and nicotine are stimulants, which disrupt your body’s sleep structure. Even though drinking alcohol can help make you sleepy, it prevents your body from achieving REM sleep and can cause you to wake up sooner.

    Call (240) 912-4683 to schedule a consultation with Sleep Services of Maryland. We are a Maryland sleep disorder center focused on patient outcomes and delivering the highest care possible. 

    An Eye-Opening Look at the Physical Toll of Poor Sleep

    Last updated 3 years ago

    The long-term affects of poor sleep go beyond sleepy eyes and a short temper. In fact, continuously depriving yourself of quality sleep can lead to heart disease, changes in weight, and even hallucinations. You need an average of seven to nine hours of sleep each night in order to restore energy and avoid the physical problems associated with poor quality sleep.

    Memory loss
    Every time you sleep, your brain consolidates memories, internalizes daily tasks, and makes decisions. In fact, REM sleep helps your brain piece together the delicate memories from throughout the day, so that they will be easily stored and organized inside of your mind. Every time you deprive yourself of sleep, you impair your brain’s cognitive ability. Each night your brain is unable to consolidate the day’s memories, you become at risk of suffering memory loss.

    Weight fluctuations
    It’s difficult for your body to process blood sugar and leptin, a protein hormone that regulates appetite, while you are awake. Not only does this impair your body’s metabolism, but also it can eventually lead to type 2 diabetes. Lack of sleep limits your body’s ability to process sugar and suppress food cravings, so you may find yourself fluctuating in weight.

    Weakened immune system
    Prolonged sleep deprivation is noticeably associated with poor immune functioning. In addition, moderate sleep deprivation, meaning less than six hours of sleep at night, is also linked to diminished immune response.

    High blood pressure
    Sleeping gives your heart a chance to slow down for a considerable period of time. When you deprive your heart of this rest period, your body has to accommodate and eventually raise your overall daily blood pressure. In addition, your brain may have increasing trouble regulating your stress hormones, which can also raise your blood pressure.

    Sleep Services of Maryland offers complete diagnostic treatment for all sleep disorders. Our priority is to provide our patients with a comfortable, high-quality, convenient treatment experience. For more information, contact our Maryland sleep disorder center at (240) 912-4683.

    Eating for a Great Night's Sleep

    Last updated 3 years ago

    The foods that you eat have an impact on your mood, energy level, and ability to get a good night’s sleep. This video offers pointers to help you choose the right foods to improve your sleep at night. Avoid eating snacks immediately before bed; eating your last meal or snack of the day four hours prior to bedtime is best. The best foods to eat for dinner are those high in protein, calcium, and magnesium. Beverages such as chamomile tea or warm milk can help to relax your digestive system and your mind.

    If you are having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, Sleep Services of Maryland is here to help. Contact our Rockville sleep center today by calling (240) 912-4683 to schedule your appointment with a sleep physician certified by the American Board of Sleep Medicine. Take a look through our website to learn more about us!




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