If you have problems sleeping, then it is important that you practice good Sleep Hygiene. This means doing things which are known to improve sleep, and avoiding those things which are known to disturb sleep. Here are 10 things you should know about getting better sleep; each of these points is based on scientific research, and could help you to get the most out of your sleep.
What can a sleep diary do for you? This method of journaling can help you and your doctor identify a possible sleep disorder and even determine ways to overcome it so you can enjoy that revitalizing, healthy rest that’s been eluding you.
There are a variety of sleep disorders, which can rank from less to more severe. For example, those with insomnia have difficulty falling or staying asleep, and those with sleep apnea have abnormal breathing while sleeping. Someone may experience persistent grinding and mashing of the teeth (bruxism), night terrors or sleepwalking. Others may experience other parasomnias that involve unnatural and abnormal movements or behaviors during sleep or between sleeping stages.
To accurately diagnose and effectively treat sleeping disorders (or simple issues with your habits that may be affecting your rest), doctors need all the help they can get—and that includes information about what you experience when you’re not in their office. That is why they often recommend that a sleep diary be kept; several weeks worth of logs can give your doctor the most accurate picture of what may be going on.