LB Memorial offers sleep tips for good rest and better health

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sleep tipsMore than 18 million American adults suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and nearly 25 percent of American children have some type of sleep related disorder. Are you getting the sleep you need?

This week, March 7 – 13, marks National Sleep Awareness Week, and experts with Long Beach Memorial MemorialCare Sleep Disorders Center and Miller Children’s Hospital Sleep Disorder Center are working to raise awareness for adults and children.

The health effects of sleep loss are wide-ranging, and can include hypertension, depression, nighttime heartburn, erectile dysfunction, and cardiac stress. Sleep loss has been linked to a greater risk of diabetes, obesity and heart disease.

To help you get a better night’s sleep, the experts at Long Beach Memorial offer these sleep tips for falling asleep, staying asleep and feeling better.

Tips for How to Get Better Sleep

  • Keep regular sleep hours. Try to go to bed at the same time and get up at the same time every day; routine is essential to helping your body get the rest it needs.
  • Avoid stimulants such as caffeine before bed. Stimulants can delay sleep and increase alertness at night, inhibiting you from getting deep sleep which is most refreshing.
  • Use your bed for sleeping. Avoid using your computer or watching TV before bed time, as this can keep your body stimulated.
  • Adopt a bedtime routine. A set routine will help your body stay on schedule; incorporating low-energy activities like having a cup of tea before bed can help you settle in.
  • Know the signs of sleep disorders. If you experience two or more of the following you could be experiencing a sleep-related disorder: snoring, increased drowsiness, inactivity or weight gain.

Don’t be afraid to seek help when needed. Many of the above sleep tips will remedy temporary problems and help you get better sleep. But, if they don’t, it’s important to seek professional sleep help. For more information, visit:  www.memorialcare.org.

Sleep Awareness Week coincides with daylight savings time each year. So rest up on Saturday, and “spring forward” on Sunday, March 14. Tomorrow, we’ll have more tips on how to make the annual adjustment with less disruption to your rest routine.

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