We all know by now that what and when we drink have a direct effect on our sleep. Drinking more than 400 mg of caffeine a day, or enjoying a cup of coffee a couple of hours before bedtime, can interfere with our sleep, as well as having an alcoholic drink prior to sleep. But what about food? The connection between sleep and what we eat might not be so obvious. If you’re having trouble sleeping, you should know that paying attention to what we eat is just as important as controlling our caffeine or alcohol consumption, and knowing how different foods affect our body can help keep us alert during the day, and better prepare our body for a good night’s sleep.
If you treat your sleep with the precision of a Swiss watch, but still feel exhausted in the morning, or if you sleep like a log and still wake up for no reason before your alarm goes off, there’s a good chance you have a sleep disorder. Unlike some other health conditions, ongoing sleep difficulties require thorough research and analysis to figure out the source of the problem. What to do? Let’s be honest, you probably don’t have any energy for research, especially while being sleep deprived. Luckily, there’s a simple solution that can significantly help improve your sleep, and the best news is – you can also use it from your smartphone! If you’re constantly unable to sleep, you should know that keeping a sleep diary is an excellent (and some would say surprising) way to document your sleep patterns and habits towards improving your sleep.
Sleep is crucial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That’s something that more and more people begin to realize and take more seriously. It’s essential for our development and for our physical, cognitive and mental functioning. But what happens if you can’t get the sleep you long for? If you toss and turn in bed all night, trying to find the right position to finally help you fall asleep? What happens if you’re woken up in the middle of the night and just can’t get back to sleep? According to the NSF (the National Sleep Foundation) and the APA (American Psychiatric Association), insomnia is the most common sleep disorder; about 30% of Americans say they’ve experienced symptoms of insomnia in the past year, and about 10% say they experience chronic insomnia.
It’s a difficult routine. You get back from work; you complete all your chores and get into bed. You wish you could just instantly fall asleep, but your mind starts racing as soon as you close your eyes. You’re thinking about rent, that problem at work, or your chores for tomorrow. When some time goes by, you look at the clock only to realize it’s getting late, and it’s unclear whether you’re anxious because you can’t fall asleep, or you can’t fall asleep because you’re anxious. The cycle is vicious: anxiety can cause sleep difficulties, but sleep problems can lead back to anxiety.
Do you feel sleepy during the day? Do you struggle to remember details you would normally remember? Are you moodier than normal? If so, there’s a good chance you too are sleep deprived. If you’ve ever asked yourself ‘do I have a sleep disorder’, start with getting to know one of the most common sleep disorders there are