Inadequate Sleep Hygiene
Inadequate sleep hygiene is a form of insomnia primarily caused by bad sleeping habits. Many common factors may keep you awake at night, such as:
- Background noise
- Temperature extremes
- Uncomfortable bedroom
- Excessive napping
- Excessive time in bed
- Irregular bedtimes
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Stimulating activity prior to bedtime
- Caffeine, alcohol, fluid intake prior to bedtime
However, this type of insomnia can be easily corrected as long as a few simple changes are made to your daily routine. Jefferson Health sleep medicine specialists will talk to you about your sleeping difficulty and work with you to create a regular routine before bedtime to greatly increase your ability to fall asleep.
5 Ways to Get a Good Night's Rest
If you are having trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep, there are many ways to help you have a good night's rest:
- Your bedroom should be dark, quiet and comfortable. You should also reserve the bedroom for sleeping, not for watching TV or doing work.
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day, even on the weekends.
- Avoid caffeine after lunchtime and avoid alcohol, eating and exercising a few hours before bedtime. These might lead to disruptions of your sleep.
- Don't take naps, unless you are a shift worker or narcoleptic.
- Don't sacrifice your sleep; make it a priority so that your body gets the rest it needs.
Make an Appointment
Call 1-800-JEFF-NOW (1-800-533-3669) to make an appointment with a Jefferson Health sleep specialist.