Road-map to a Better Night’s Sleep
More than 60 million Americans suffer from poor sleep quality. Good quality sleep is an important piece of managing your pain. If managing your pain is important to you, it’s time to start looking at your sleep hygiene and methods to improve it. Experts from Twin Cities Pain Clinic share their top tips.
Stick to a schedule. Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day, even on the weekends. This helps to regulate your body’s clock and could help you fall asleep and stay asleep for the night. Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual.
Get regular exercise. Physical activity improves sleep quality and increases sleep duration. Exercise may also bolster sleep in other ways, because it helps to reduce stress. It can be especially helpful if you are able to exercise outdoors and let your body absorb natural sunlight during the daytime hours.
Avoid large meals and beverages before bedtime. A heavy meal is tougher for the stomach to digest than a light snack. Foods that trigger indigestion before bed makes it harder for your body to relax and drift off to sleep.
Have a good sleep environment. Remove anything from your bedroom that might distract you. Keeping a clean and neat room is important for quality rest. Ditch all electronics from your room. TV, cellphone, tablet, laptop, and even your e-reader emit sleep-stealing light and will keep you awake longer.