It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!
Everyone has a different sleep need. The best marker of your sleep quality is making note of how you feel when you wake up. Do you feel energized and excited about the day? Or are you dragging yourself out of bed? If you’re dragging, pay attention and take action.
Dr. Pyron’s tips to improve sleep include:
- Decrease caffeine and other stimulants.
- Unwind before sleep time with a warm bath, book or something relaxing.
- Limit daytime naps.
- Go to bed and wake up at the same time each day.
- Eat lighter evening meals.
- Avoid late day exercising.
- Drink plenty of water throughout the day, but not too much too close to bedtime to avoid nighttime bathroom trips.
- Create a comfortable sleep environment by minimizing noise, limiting light, keeping the bedroom cool, and other personal preferences.
- Find ways to reduce insomnia-inducing stress like a massage or yoga.
- Stretch before bed to relax muscles.
If a person finds their sleep cycle is still regularly disrupted after trying these tips, it may be due to a sleep disorder. Visit a healthcare provider to be tested for sleep-related ailments and to explore other options for a good night’s rest.