ARE YOU GETTING THE BEST NIGHT’S SLEEP YOU CAN?
How wonderful is a good night’s sleep? You wake up refreshed, relaxed and full of energy to face the day.
For many though, the time it takes from your head hitting the pillow to drifting off can seem an eternity.
We all have different triggers that may prevent a good night’s sleep, with doctors identifying the following as major hurdles to us achieving that much–needed shut eye: Sleep apnea: Most common in men over 65 years (but anyone can suffer from it). The condition causes snoring and your breathing to stop and start many times during your sleeping cycle. A ‘continuous positive airway pressure’ (CPAP) machine, keeps your airways open and lets you get a full night’s rest. Insomnia: Can be chronic or more likely short term (which can be brought on by stress, jet–lag or differing work shifts).
Restless leg syndrome (RLS): Is when you feel tingles or soreness in your legs that urge you to move, often described as a ‘creepy crawly’ sensation. Medication and behavioural therapy can be used to limit this. Sleep walking: Often involves talking, moving and walking unconsciously, can be dangerous for you or those sleeping around you. It is most common in young children, but can happen to anyone.
If you suspect you have a sleeping disorder, please visit a medical professional to determine the right course of action to address your condition. If you’re simply looking for a few tips to help nod off each evening, then why not try these tried and true hacks to a better night’s sleep (and even though we all know them, all too often we’re guilty of not giving ourselves the best chance of a decent snooze):
■ Don’t use your phone, tablet or laptop just before bed — the blue light stimulates the brain and will keep you awake.
■ Don’t drink caffeine in the late afternoon or evening — for many, it’s a guarantee you’ll be staring at the ceiling for hours.
■ Do create a regular night–time ritual. This could be as simple as reading a book, taking a bath or shower or meditating to put you in the state of mind to sleep — it tells your body that it’s time for bed.