3 Tips for a Great Sleep

We all know how important it is to get a good night’s sleep, although it’s not always easy. We’ve had a lot to deal with of late, including COVID and living in the “new normal” and wildfires throughout the BC interior. Side effects of sleep deprivation include memory issues, trouble concentrating, mood changes, weak immunity and high blood pressure. Besides taking precautionary measures to beat stress, there are a few things we can do to increase the likelihood of a good night’s rest, and here are the top three.
1. Light is a big deal when it comes to controlling our natural internal clock called the “circadian rhythm.” Light affects your brain and hormone regulation to help you stay awake during the day and sleep at night. Natural light is important during the day, and a full spectrum light may be needed during the shorter, dark days of winter. In the evening, reducing blue light emitting from electronic devices helps keep your internal rhythm on track. Wear glasses that block blue light, or cut down the use of your PC two hours before you plan to go to bed, then block your windows from artificial light exposure coming from sources such as street lights.
2. Getting up in the middle of the night to use the restroom is one of the largest contributors to sleep disturbance. It might be tempting to drink before going to bed, but limiting your intake may help with late night bathroom visits. Late night snacks can also cause problems, because the digestive system will be hard at work processing and delivering energy at an improper time. Frequent urination during the night may be a sign of a medical problem and should be discussed with a physician.
3. There can also be medical issues causing sleep disturbance, such as sleep apnea. If you suspect sleep apnea may be a problem, we invite you to call us for a consultation and solutions for better health. For more information, read our article: Sleep Apnea

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