Do You Need Help Sleeping?
Are you a middle-aged male? Are you a male with a collar size of 17 inches or more? Are you a post-menopausal female? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then your odds of needing the services of Highlands Sleep Disorders Center are greater than average.
Highlands Sleep Disorders Center diagnoses a wide variety of sleeping disorders, including sleep apnea, insomnia, narcolepsy, periodic limb movements (PLM), restless leg syndrome, parasomnias and gastroesophogeal reflux disease. Highlands Sleep Disorders Center, located on the sixth floor of Highlands Medical Center, is accredited by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Talk to your doctor about a sleep evaluation or call Highlands Sleep Disorders Center at 256.218.3639.
Seven Sleep-Smart Tips
Sleep is food for the brain. Get quality sleep, get enough of it, and get it when you need it. Even mild sleepiness can hurt your performance. Lack of sleep can make you look tired and feel depressed, irritable and angry.
Keep consistency in mind. Establish a regular bedtime and wake-time schedule. Don't stray from your schedule frequently, and never do so for two or more consecutive nights. If you must go off schedule, avoid delaying your bedtime by more than one hour, awaken the next day within two hours of your regular schedule, and, if you are sleepy during the day, take a short, early afternoon nap.
Learn how much sleep you need to function at your best. You should awaken refreshed, not tired. Most adults need between 6.5 and 8 hours of sleep each night.
Get into bright light as soon as possible in the morning, but avoid it in the evening. The light helps to signal to the brain when it should wake up and when it should prepare to sleep.
Understand your circadian rhythm. Then, you can try to maximize your schedule throughout the day according to your internal clock. For example, to compensate for your slump (sleepy) times, participate in stimulating activities and avoid potentially unsafe activities, including driving.
After lunch (or after noon) stay away from coffee, colas with caffeine, and nicotine, which are stimulants. Also avoid alcohol, which disrupts sleep.
Relax before going to bed. Don't fall asleep with the television or radio on - flickering lights and stimulating content can inhibit restful sleep. If you work during the week, try to avoid working night hours. If you work until 9:30 pm, for example, you will need to plan time to "chill out" before going to sleep.
If you feel you may have a problem getting quality sleep, call Highlands Sleep Disorders Center at 256.218.3639. We can help.
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