Sleep isn’t just “time out” from daily life. It is an active state important for renewing our mental and physical health each day. More than 100 million Americans of all ages, however, regularly fail to get a good night’s sleep.
At least 84 disorders of sleeping and waking lead to a lowered quality of life and reduced personal health. They endanger public safety by contributing to traffic and industrial accidents. These disorders can lead to problems falling asleep and staying asleep, difficulties staying awake or staying with a regular sleep/wake cycle, sleepwalking, bedwetting, nightmares, and other problems that interfere with sleep. Some sleep disorders can be life threatening.
For most people, falling asleep and staying asleep are parts of a natural process. Good sleepers are likely to have developed certain lifestyle and dietary habits that promote sound sleep. These habits or behaviors – know as sleep hygiene – can have positive effects on sleep before, during, and after time spent in bed. Sleep hygiene is mostly a matter of common sense.
The following guidelines and practices are helpful in promoting healthy sleep:
In Summary: Good sleep hygiene can improve people’s sleep. If you suffer from sleeplessness for four or six weeks, and you have tried modifying your sleep and daytime habits as described earlier, it’s time to consider seeking help from a healthcare professional or Dr. Kaimal, the only Board Certified Sleep Specialist in Southwest Louisiana.