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How Can I Get Better Sleep?

Sleep is essential for maintaining optimal physical and mental health. It allows our bodies and minds to recharge so that we can function well the next day. Without enough sleep, your brain cannot function properly, leading to problems with concentration and memory.

Sleep research suggests that seven hours of rest a night is a healthy amount of sleep. However, 1 in 3 adults doesn’t sleep enough.

For more information about the importance of sleep and tips for establishing a bedtime routine, visit our Healthy Sleep page.

Do I Have a Sleep Disorder?

There are several benefits of healthy sleeping habits, including the following:

  • Improved mood
  • Better memory
  • Improved focus
  • Healthier heart
  • Better immune system

 

Proper rest is necessary for leading a healthy and happy life. Alternatively, poor sleeping habits can lead to a variety of health concerns and worsen your overall quality of life.

Diagnosing Sleep Disorders

While you sleep, your body recharges and repairs itself in preparation for the next day. There are four stages of sleep, and each of them supports essential biological and therapeutic processes.

Here are the four stages of sleep:

NREM Stage 1

  • The beginning of the sleep cycle, when you first begin to doze off.
  • This stage involves relatively light sleep and is considered the transition period between wakefulness and sleep.
  • Brain waves slow

NREM Stage 2

  • Body temperature decreases, and breathing and heart rate become more regular
  • You become less aware of your surroundings
  • Brain waves come in bursts of rapid, rhythmic activity
    Makes up 50% of total sleep

NREM Stage 3

  • Muscles relax
  • Blood pressure and breathing rate drop
  • Deepest stage of sleep
  • Brain waves become deep and slow

REM Sleep

  • Brain becomes more active
  • Body becomes immobilized and relaxed
  • You have dreams
  • Eyes move rapidly

NREM Stage 3

  • Muscles relax
  • Blood pressure and breathing rate drop
  • Deepest stage of sleep
  • Brain waves become deep and slow

I Was Just Diagnosed with a Sleep Disorder… Now What?

If you were just diagnosed with a sleep disorder, you may feel overwhelmed and worried about treatment options. We are here to answer your questions and ease your mind. Keep reading to learn more about the treatment options available to those with sleep disorders. .

How You Can Get Better Sleep

There are several options available for treating sleep disorders. Your doctor will work with you to find the best solution for your lifestyle and needs. Treatment may include one or more of the following options.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

A form of psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help you change the actions or thoughts that keep you from sleeping well, as well as develop better habits that promote healthy sleep.