Healthy Sleep

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Poor sleep health is a common problem with an estimated 25 percent of American adults. Dr. Edward Hill tells us some things we can do to ensure a good nights sleep in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Healthy sleep habits, also referred to as good sleep hygiene, can make a big difference in your quality of life.

Try to keep the following sleep practices on a consistent basis:

Stick to the same bedtime and wake up time, even on the weekends. This helps to regulate your bodys clock.

Avoid naps, especially in the afternoon.

Exercise daily.

Design your sleep environment to establish the conditions you need for sleep. Your bedroom should be cool and free from light and any noise that can disturb your sleep.

Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows.

Avoid alcohol, cigarettes and heavy meals in the evening.

Wind down. Your body needs time to shift into sleep mode, so spend the last hour before bed doing a calming activity such as reading.

If you cant sleep, go into another room and do something relaxing until you feel tired.

If youre still having trouble sleeping, dont hesitate to speak with your doctor or to find a sleep professional.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.