Suggestions for a Good Night’s Sleep
The Basic Principle of a Good Night’s Sleep
Getting a good night’s sleep is important for many reasons. We need sleep to maintain good health and to ensure a better quality of life in general. Getting enough sleep at night can affect the way we think, the way we act, and the way we interact with others on a day-to-day basis. Some other reasons why getting a good night’s sleep is important are:
- People who don’t get enough sleep every night tend to have more issues with nutrition and with weight. Ample scientific evidence points towards the fact that getting adequate sleep can help boost metabolism and regulate eating schedules.
- People who sleep well tend to have a better cognitive function, and therefore higher productivity levels. Getting enough sleep affects the way that we perform at work or school. Not getting enough sleep can negatively impact brain functionality – some studies show that sleep deprivation and alcohol intoxication present very similarly.
- People who don’t sleep well have higher rates of chronic disease. Those who sleep poorly are at higher risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Not getting enough sleep every night is also linked to the development of certain psychological disorders, specifically depression. It is estimated that around 90 percent of all men and women who have a diagnosable depressive disorder have reported not sleeping well throughout the night.
Getting a good night’s sleep is important to performing well throughout the day. But if you do suffer at the hands of a sleep-related disorder, like insomnia or chronic nightmares, how can you go about getting enough sleep without the use of invasive and potentially addictive medications?
Suggestions for Sleeping Through the Night
If you are one of the millions of people who have trouble sleeping throughout the night, we have compiled a list of several suggestions to help you sleep better. Take a look at our list, feel free to add to it, and reach out to us if you have any additional questions.
- Take advantage of new technology and pick some free guided meditations off of Spotify (or another similar app).
- Invest in some chamomile tea. Numerous studies point towards the fact that sipping an herbal tea before bedtime helps alleviate restlessness and helps people sleep better throughout the night.
- Reserve your bedroom for sleeping – not watching television throughout the day, not working from home, and certainly not eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner. if your body knows that it is supposed to fall asleep in your bed and not perform any other functions, then you will have an easier time sleeping through the night.
- Don’t drink caffeine late in the day. Enjoy a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, but try not to pound an energy drink towards the end of your shift or sip an espresso while you eat your dessert. caffeinated beverages should generally be enjoyed before noon.
- Exercise throughout the day. Not only will this tire out your body, but it will help your mind calm down at night as well.
- If you are still struggling with falling asleep at night after you have given all these recommendations if they’re shot, get in touch with your doctor or with Voices of Mental Health to learn more about diagnosable sleep-related disorders. In some cases, medication will be necessary.
How Voices of Mental Health Can Help With Sleeping Patterns
At Voices of Mental Health, our team of experienced mental health experts is available around the clock to offer any insight and advice you may need. If you have been struggling with what you believe may be a sleep-related disorder, feel free to reach out to us at any point in time. We are happy to offer you additional insight on how to sleep through the night or point you in the direction of a certified sleep disorder specialist.
Medically Reviewed: September 25, 2019
Cayla Clark, BA
All of the information on this page has been reviewed and verified by a certified addiction professional.