There are a number of reasons why you may sometimes have difficulty falling asleep. For example, you may be too excited to sleep the night before a vacation or be feeling anxious about an upcoming exam. However, if you repeatedly awaken or have trouble falling asleep each night, you may have insomnia. Undergoing a sleep study can help you identify the cause of your sleep problems so you can seek treatment. You can also take the following steps to help prevent insomnia:
Establish a Sleep Routine
Establishing a daily sleep routine can help prevent insomnia. By keying into your habitual biorhythm, you can enter sleep and waking modes more easily. If you are unsure about your natural sleep and waking rhythms, a sleep physician can help you recognize and accommodate them.
Pay Attention to When You Eat
Many people are surprised to learn about the connection between dietary habits and insomnia. If you eat heavily before bedtime, it can disturb your night’s rest because you will still be digesting your meal when you go to bed. To prevent this, always eat two or more hours prior to bedtime.
Choose Your Drinks Wisely
Avoid drinking coffee, green or black tea, and other caffeinated beverages during the latter part of the day. The stimulating effects of caffeine can exacerbate your insomnia. Consuming alcoholic beverages before bedtime may make you feel sleepy, but it will actually make it more difficult for you to experience high-quality, restful sleep. Drinking calming herbal tea in the evening is the best choice for a good night’s sleep.
Create a Relaxing Environment
Make your bedroom a haven where you can relax. Make sure that the temperature is set where you like it and put noisy objects, like your cell phone or ticking clock, away. If necessary, install window shades so your room is darker.
At Zeeba Sleep Center of Las Vegas, we have earned accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. We can perform a sleep study to identify the cause of your sleep trouble. Find out more or schedule an appointment by calling (702) 242-1562.