The Importance Of Good Sleep Hygiene

Sleep HygieneA good night’s sleep is essential for functioning at your highest level. It ensures that you stay alert, productive, and generally feel better. However, sleeping well is sometimes easier said than done. There are myriad reasons — ranging from stress to external stimulation to medical issues, like sleep apnea — why you might have troubles falling and staying asleep. Luckily, there is an assortment of ways that you can improve your sleep habits and maintain good sleep hygiene. In today’s blog, your Greenville, TX, dentist discusses the importance of proper bedtime habits and several, proven ways you can improve the quality of your sleep.

Why Is Good Sleep Hygiene Is Important?

Sleep is an essential part of life. It is when your body and mind recharge and heal from the stress that accumulates throughout the day. When you don’t get enough time in bed — typically seven to nine hours — your brain simply doesn’t function properly. Sure, you might be able to make it through the day successfully, but you won’t be at your best. When you aren’t fully rested, your ability to concentrate, think clearly, and remember things properly. Anxiety and stress can also follow. Moreover, perpetually insufficient sleep can also make you more susceptible to becoming sick. If you regularly wake up feeling sluggish and dull, you either aren’t getting enough sleep or it is being disrupted throughout the night. Luckily, there are several ways you can practice good sleep hygiene, so you can be the best version of yourself throughout the day.

Healthy Sleep Habits

If your poor sleep isn’t caused by a medical condition, you can start a routine that will help ensure a longer, more peaceful night. For starters, try to set a consistent schedule; go to sleep and set your alarm for the same time every day. Make sure you are aiming for between seven and nine hours of sleep. If it takes you more than 20 minutes to fall asleep, get out of bed and do something else that doesn’t require much energy or light. You should turn off all electronics at least 30 minutes before bed. Additionally, don’t eat a large meal right before bed. If you are hungry have a light snack. You should also avoid caffeine in the afternoon and don’t drink any alcohol close to bedtime. 

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a medical condition that can also affect sleep. It is marked by increasingly loud snoring followed by silence. This pattern is repeated dozens if not hundreds of times throughout the night. It is caused by the muscles in your throat relaxing too much, thus blocking the airway. If you suffer from it, your dentist or medical professional can create a custom sleep appliance or provide you a CPAP machine. 

Do You Have More Questions About Good Sleep Habits?

Sleep is incredibly important for leading a healthy, happy life. If you have questions about sleep apnea and professional treatments for waking up more rested, reach out to Dental Sleep Solutions of Greenville by contacting our office at 903-455-0516.