2020 forever changed the trajectory of what once was considered normal life from many aspects, but especially in the world of health and medicine. As the world went in to lock down for days, weeks, months, and more the toll it put on society was more challenging than many realized. There is much research out there that since that time there has been an increase in anxiety, depression, PTSD, and psychological distress. All of these contributing to an increase in sleep issues today, especially insomnia.
With May being better sleep month, here are some tips to help achieve your best sleep:
- Routine – try and stick to the same schedule and routine during the weekday and weekends
- No blue light devices (TV, phones, e-readers, etc.) 30-60 minutes before bed
- Cool, dark sleeping space
- Eliminate falling asleep in your chair, couch, etc. in the evening before bedtime
- Utilize a white noise option, such as a fan, white noise app, etc. to drown out noises
- Refrain from Caffeine after 2pm
- Find a relaxing routine before bed to calm the brain
- Obtain a healthy lifestyle through consistent diet and exercise
It is important to remember to talk to your provider about any sleep issues you may be having. Some symptoms for underlying sleep issues and health disorders need to be handled by steps outside of good sleep hygiene. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, talk to your provider about looking at a sleep study.
- Weight gain
- Morning headaches
- Uncontrolled blood pressure
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Daytime fatigue