Sleep Tips

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Sleep Tips 2017-06-30T08:14:01+00:00

Can’t go to sleep?

It used to be easy. But with lifestyle changes, being constantly ‘switched on’ to our technology and with our work stresses, more and more people are finding it hard to get quality sleep. This is not just for people suffering from Sleep Apnoea. Others who may not be suffering from any sleep disorders may still have trouble dozing off.

Sleep Health Foundation has done a research* that has found between 33% to 45% of Australians have poor sleep patterns that lead to fatigue and irritability. This is putting us at risk of low productivity, damage to their mental health and unsafe behaviours. Some of these may be involuntary; not being able to sleep rather than not wanting to go to sleep. But whatever the reason may be, we can all agree that sleep deprivation is not ideal.

Patients who are going on CPAP therapy for the first time may also experience some difficulty in falling into slumber. This may have to do with being conscious of wearing a mask and therefore affect the mind’s ability to ‘switch off’. Which is why as part of our therapy, we also look into our patients’ sleep habits. Helping them develop a good sleep hygiene will maximise the effectiveness of their therapy.

Here are some tips.

This is just a few ways you can improve your sleep hygiene. There are many other tips for sleeping better, and our consultant will be able to help you work through your habits if you find yourself having difficulty falling asleep.

Sleep and wake up at the same time each day.

Get regular exercise each day but not before bedtime.

Spend some time outdoors in natural light.

Keep the bedroom temperature cool for optimum comfort.

Use your bed only for sleep, not for reading or watching TV.

Take your medications as directed so as not to affect your wakefulness.

These are general in content and should not be seen as a substitute for professional medical advice. Concerns over sleep or other medical conditions should be discussed with your medical practitioner.
*Report to the Sleep Health Foundation 2016 Sleep Health Survey of Australian Adults. Robert Adams, Sarah Appleton, Anne Taylor, Doug McEvoy, and Nick Antic.