Have you ever tried to pretend that you don’t have a sleep problem and just go to bed with the notion that there is no issue and all will be just fine?
If so, you’ll know that it’s difficult not to worry, when you have your sleeping partner complaining of your snoring, and you are flat out getting going for the day because of that usual morning headache and the multiple daily coffees aren’t getting you through the day without craving for those several ‘nanna nap’s’.
Then, you finish work and say to yourself, “I’m too tired, I’ll go to the gym tomorrow”…then the next day and the next. And before you know it, you are carrying all of this excess weight that isn’t doing you any favours. ‘Grumpy’ is now the new standard name, along with the short fuse, you can’t help but ask yourself the questions…..Do I need to do something about this? What do I do?
The most obvious would be to book an appointment with your local GP and head along and have a chat with him or her about your concerns. But you can also collate all of your personal habits and equip your GP with all the information that will assist with his investigations. Many people have found success in completing a Sleep Quiz prior to visiting their GP, and in particular, to ascertain if they may have signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).
If you are looking for some immediate tools prior to visiting your GP, there are many healthy sleep rituals that have proven to support having a good nights sleep:
- Adhere to a sleep schedule even on weekends
- Practice a relaxing bedtime ritual
- Exercise daily
- Evaluate your bedroom to ensure ideal temperature , sound and minimal light
- Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows
- Beware of hidden ‘sleep stealers’, like alcohol and caffeine
- Allowing time to wind down and enjoy listening to relaxing music or reading a book
- Turn off or remove electronics from the bedside before sleeping
Now, if you have realised that you may actually have a sleep problem, and you know what to look for, you’re ready to take action.
Gold is precious, but so is having a full night of restful sleep.