Mental Health Tips

Tips For a Better Night’s Sleep

At some time most of us have problems sleeping. If it goes on night after night it can interfere with work, leisure time and overall happiness. Here are a few tips if you are having serious problems sleeping

Improve your sleep patterns
# Keep a sleep diary This can give both you and your doctor, therapist, whatever, a clearer picture of your sleep patterns. Many people report sleep difficulties like, ‘I have not slept a wink all night’,or, ‘I’ve been awake since 3am’. Such feelings may not actually be confirmed when you start a sleep diary as your perception of time passing can be impaired at night.

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Association Between Sleep Problems And Diabetes

Sleep disorders hit about 36% of the American population. Grogginess isn’t the only side effect of not getting a good night’s rest ~ lack of sleep puts some people at risk for developing diabetes. This can start a vicious circle whereby people with diabetes have a harder time getting a good night’s sleep. Many doctors recommend natural ways, such as changing one’s sleeping environment and changing bad habits, to get over sleep disorders. When diabetics use these techniques, they often find that they can sleep better and even reduce their diabetes.

Diabetes and sleep disturbances go hand in hand, according to studies by National Institute of Mental Health and American Diabetes Association. Basically, since diabetes changes how your body processes insulin, people with diabetes have metabolisms that aren’t well balanced. (To back up, insulin is a hormone that converts starch and sugar into energy.) Awakening un-refreshed from a night’s sleep tends to trigger the body to miscalculate how much insulin should be produced. Also, when the body’s glucose (sugar) levels are off, the body tends to not respond well to sleep and quality is compromised.

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Five Tips for Better Sleep

Most of us find that almost eight hours of sleep provides us with sufficient rest. At times, though, it is difficult to fall asleep. This inability to sleep readily can be due to anxiety, depression, excitement, a sleep disorder, or environmental disturbances such as a dog barking, traffic noise, and the like.

If you would like to get to sleep sooner and stay asleep longer, these tips might be able to help:

1. Have your last heavy or major meal of the day no later than six pm. A heavy meal that is greasy or has high sugar content can make your stomach do extra work and keep you awake. If you must eat in the late evening, have a light snack of some veggies, fruit, or a little cereal and milk. This will keep your digestive from overworking when you should be sleeping.

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