Are You Getting The Sleep You Need?


The general recommendation for an adult, is to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. I recently became a mom (I have a 4 month old) and I dream about getting 8 hours of sleep. There are many reasons why adults do not get enough sleep, and why some adults wake up tired, even after getting 7 or more hours of sleep. As a new mom, I usually feel like there is nothing I can do, but there are some things that can help the quality of the sleep you and I get.  

  • Try to set a sleep schedule. To do this, you need to fall asleep and get up around the same time every day. This includes the weekends. 
  • It's best to have room darkening shades or blinds, especially if you need to sleep when it’s light outside.
  • Avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening.
  • Some sleep positions are better for you than others. The best position for sleep is on your back. Your side is also a good position for sleep, and can be more ideal for people with sleep apnea or for those who snore. Sleeping on your stomach can be harmful to your back and neck. 
  • Try sleeping in a room with a cool comfortable temperature. 
  • Get rid of distractions before bed including your phone, tablet, and TV. 

Not getting enough sleep can be harmful to your body and relationships. Here are some of the issues it can cause: 

  • Irritability
  • Obesity
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart and/or Kidney Disease
  • Type 2 Diabetes

If you have tried these tips and are still having difficulty sleeping or still feeling tired, you may have a sleep disorder. Sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, and narcolepsy are common sleep disorders. Please contact your doctor if you suspect something is preventing you from getting the sleep you need. 

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