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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
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