How Can I Get Better Sleep?
How are you sleeping? How many hours a night are you getting? If you answered five or six hours, then you aren’t getting the quality sleep your body and mind require to maximize your health and to function effectively.
At AFC Urgent Care of Sevierville we want you to get the proper amount and quality of sleep you need.
Poor sleep greatly affects your health
A night of poor sleep doesn’t just affect your mood or make you sluggish, it can also greatly affect many aspects of your overall health. When you are deprived of sleep or get poor quality sleep you can experience many of the following:
- Increased risk of accident
- A weakened immune system
- Higher risk of stroke
- Increased risk of depression
- Risk of irregular heartbeat and other heart related issues
- Increased risk of cancer
- Increased risk of diabetes
- Memory issues
- Weight gain
Start getting a better night’s sleep right away
Not interested in the weight gain, depression or risk of diseases associated with not getting enough quality sleep? We don’t blame you!
Start getting a good night’s sleep tonight and in the future by following a few simple guidelines:
- Limit what you eat or drink before bedtime – When your stomach is full, your body starts working to digest this food, which is a process usually done during the day. Your body will fight to be awake when what it really needs is sleep. Because of this, it’s best to stop eating at least an hour or two before bed. And because drinking liquids often leads to more middle-of-the-night bathroom breaks, you may want to limit what you’re drinking, too. Get plenty of water in early in the day instead of just before bed. Try to avoid caffeine in the afternoon or evening hours as well.
- Create a bedtime routine – Establishing a bedtime routine for you and your family can help everyone in your house get a better night’s sleep. Children are not the only ones who can benefit from a set routine. As adults, it can be easy to find yourself staying up late, finishing up a project, doing last minute housework, reading or catching up on shows that you missed. But this late night routine isn’t good for you—and your body and mind will suffer the next day. Establish a routine that you can follow each night that will allow you to wind down and fall asleep at around the same time. Follow this routine, as often as you can, even on weekends, to stay in the groove of a good night’s rest. Your health and productivity will thank you!
- Setting the temperature to sleep mode – You want to make sure the temperature of your home is set just right at night so that you are able to rest soundly without being too hot or too cold. Experts recommend a range within the mid 60’s for optimal sleep, but just set what feels right for you and the rest of your family.
Are you having sleep related issues you cannot overcome? Visit us at AFC Urgent Care of Sevierville for a physical to find out what’s going on. Take the first step to a better night’s sleep today!