The Gunnison Valley HealthSpot
The Gunnison Valley HealthSpot is a monthly resource for information on
a variety of topics ranging from the best way to get a good night's
sleep to women's health.
September's Topic: Healthy sleep for a healthy life.
If you have a hard time getting a good night’s sleep, you’re
not alone. According to the National Sleep Foundation, nearly 62% of Americans
experience trouble sleeping a few nights each week. Poor sleep can cause
moodiness, affects mental acuity, and greatly influences your health which
can lead to a shorter life span. With our busy lives, restful sleep is
more important than ever. The good news is that there are easy steps you
can take to help improve your night’s sleep.
The first thing to keep in mind is the importance of a consistent sleep
schedule. To the extent you can, try to go to bed and wake up at the same
time each day.
This should go without saying, but avoid stimulants like caffeine and nicotine
before bed. Alcohol is not the answer to a good night’s sleep. Withdrawal
symptoms from either stimulants or depressants in the middle of the night
will wake you up.
Regular exercise can be very helpful in getting a good night’s sleep,
just try to finish your exercise two hours before bedtime.
Shut off those electronics! The light from your phone, TV, or tablet can
activate your brain, changing the environment your brain needs for restorative sleep.
If you struggle with healthy sleep, a sleep study may help. Call Jason
Platzer, Cardiopulmonary Director at Gunnison Valley Health, at (970)641-7295
to find out more.
Gunnison Valley Health
711 North Taylor Street | Gunnison, CO 81230 | 970-641-1456