Pain - Five Ways to Get a Better Night's Sleep

 


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Sleep is essential to our well-being as breathing, water, and air. So why does something that is so good for us sometimes play hard to get? Let's take a look.

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 70 million Americans have a sleep problem. No matter what someone may tell you, including your learned medical practitioner, there is no magic formula for a good night's sleep. “Do whatever works for you, " says Mark W. Mahowald, M. D. , director of the Minnesota Regional Sleep Disorders Center as the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis.

Here are 5 tips to help your get a good night's rest :

  • Stay calm: If you have occasional trouble sleeping. “Insomnia is part of the human condition, " says Dr. Mahowald. Chances are you'll be able to get through the day and believe it or not you'll sleep like a baby.

  • Check your health: Many physical conditions such as sleep apnea can influence the quality of your sleep. Some medications can also disrupt sleep, so ask your doctor or pharmacist if this might be the case with you.

  • Establish a sleep routine: Read a book, browse through catalogs, or take a warm bath. Go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every day. A routine essentially trains your mind that it is time to sleep.

  • Watch what your eat and drink: Because caffeine can linger in the body for three to seven hours, skip coffee, tea, and chocolate late in the day. Watch the alcohol: A few drinks may help you nod off, but you may awaken later or not sleep as deeply.

  • Exercise regularly: It's good for your heart and eases stress. But if you find it hard to go to sleep right after a workout, wait at least an hour before turning in.

    There your have it, no monumental changes in your lifestyle, no pills from the good ‘ole doctor, I repeat. . . no pills; and who knows you may be well on your way to waking up each morning to a bright new day, refreshed and ready to go!

    Ray Attebery is the Managing Director for Daily Health Updates, a breaking health news national service for TV and Radio broadcast stations in the United States. He is also the President for The Centre for Pain Relief in New York City.

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