Sleep disorders can be very detrimental to your health and quality of life if left untreated. Here are just a few of the ways a sleep disorder can affect you.
Tiredness diminishes concentration, interest, and enjoyment from life.
Chronic sleep loss can impair performance at work, school, and home.
Untreated sleep disorders and poor sleep habits contribute to accidents, impaired productivity, reduced quality of life, poor health and even death.
Sleep loss or fatigue impairs driving skills such as hand-eye coordination, reaction time, vision, awareness of surroundings, decision-making, and judgment.
Sleep represents a third of our lives and has a tremendous impact on how we live, function, perform and think during the other two thirds.
Sleepiness, whether the result of an untreated sleep disorder or excessive daytime sleepiness, has been identified as a factor in a growing number of on-the-job accidents and highway automobiles crashes.
Untreated sleep apnea puts a person at risk for cardiovascular disease, headaches, memory loss, and depression.
Untreated sleep disorders have been linked to hypertension, heart disease, stroke depression, diabetes and other chronic diseases.
Untreated chronic insomnia may lead to mood disorders and depression.
Now that we know how important sleep is for our health, here are some tips on how to get a good night’s sleep.
Create a sleep-conducive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool.
Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.
Use your bedroom only for sleep. It is best to take work materials, computers and televisions out of your sleeping environment.
Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot bath then reading a book or listening to soothing music.
Maintain a regular bed and wake-time schedule, including weekends.
Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime.
Exercise regularly. It is best to complete your workout a few hours before bedtime.
What To Avoid
Avoid late afternoon or evening naps.
Avoid nicotine. If used close to bedtime, it can lead to poor sleep.
Avoid caffeine close to bedtime. It can keep you awake at night.
Avoid alcohol close to bedtime. It can lead to disrupted sleep later in the night.