Brandon Hedgecock, DDS, D-ASBA

Austin

Hedgecock Dental

5920 W William Cannon, Bldg #6, Ste 200
Austin, TX 78749

Cedar Park

Vista Ridge Family Dentistry

920 N. Vista Ridge Blvd. #700
Cedar Park, TX 78613

Fact or Fiction? Things that Help you Get to Sleep

At some point in almost everyone’s life, sleep problems keep us from getting the precious rest that we need. Sleep disturbances affect at least 45% of Americans in any given week, and according to a study by the National Sleep Foundation, lack of quality sleep is a more chronic issue than lack of quantity of sleep. Lower life satisfaction, high stress, and poor health was associated with lack of quality sleep. Even your socioeconomic status can affect the way you sleep: Groups with an annual income below $20,000 a year reported poorer quality of sleep. If you’re having trouble getting enough Zzzs at night, what can you do to help you drift off into the Land of Nod?

Make a Worry List?

If you’re one of those people who runs through all your troubles as you’re trying to sleep, perhaps your train of thoughts is what’s keeping you up. Try making a “worry list” if you’re having trouble falling asleep. Write down all the things that come to your mind that worry you or frighten you, then file your worry list away to be dealt with tomorrow. Sometimes writing down your thoughts is enough to help you relax and calm down.

Synchronize your Breathing

Breathing slowly and naturally will help you calm down, but if you’re finding it difficult to control your breathing, try the Nightwave Sleep Assistant, a machine that projects a soft blue light which helps you to synchronize your breathing by slowly rising and falling with the rhythm of your breaths. It slows down and says it can help you fall asleep within seven minutes.

Quit Smoking, Stop Drinking Alcohol Before Bed

Smoking cigarettes is terrible for your health. It also is bad for your sleep. If you’re having sleep problems, quitting smoking is the first thing you should do. Drinking alcohol too soon before bed can also disrupt your sleep. You should also try to limit the amount of alcohol you’re drinking during the day, so you can have a restful, rejuvenating sleep.

Seek Treatment for Sleep Apnea

If you have loud, persistent snoring, pauses in breathing during sleep, restless sleep, and choking or gasping for air during sleep, you are presenting the tell-tale signs of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can affect your daytime waking hours, causing headaches, excessive fatigue, poor concentration, depression or irritability, and sleepiness during routine activities. If you are having any of these symptoms, it’s important to see a sleep apnea doctor to treat your sleep apnea and help you improve your quality of life.

Call Sleep Better Austin for Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea can take a toll on your life. Disrupted sleep can lead to bad mood, tiredness, brain fog, and worse of all, it can be dangerous to your health and cause you to be chronically exhausted. Call Sleep Better Austin for specialized sleep apnea care with Dr. Hedgecock. Your sleep apnea doctor will assess your symptoms, and curate a treatment plan just for you.