Almost everyone has problems sleeping from time to time. But if you have trouble sleeping on a regular basis, you should let your doctor know, or contact a sleep center. You may have a sleep disorder.
A sleep center would be able to identity and treat the cause of your sleep problems, so you can get back to a good night's sleep.
Lack of sleep is a serious condition that shouldn't be taken lightly. It has been linked to several long-term health conditions and can raise the risk of being involved in an accident.
To improve sleep, try these suggestions from the CDC:
- Go to bed at the same time each night and rise at the same time each morning.
- Make sure your bedroom is a quiet, dark, and relaxing environment, which is neither too hot or too cold.
- Make sure your bed is comfortable and use it only for sleeping and not for other activities, such as reading, watching TV, or listening to music. Remove all TVs, computers, and other 'gadgets' from the bedroom.
- Physical activity may help promote sleep, but not within a few hours of bedtime.
- Avoid large meals before bedtime.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks after lunch.
- Avoid bright light in the evening.
- Avoid arousing activities around bedtime (e.g., heavy study, text messaging, getting into prolonged conversations).
- Expose yourself to bright light upon awakening in the morning.
- While sleeping in on weekends is permissible, it should not be more than 2-3 hours past your usual wake time, to avoid disrupting your circadian rhythm governing sleepiness and wakefulness.
- Avoid pulling an "all-nighter" to study.