Sleep is just as crucial to your health as diet and exercise, but many people today overlook the necessity of sleep because of work and other obligations. Lack of sleep not only increases your chances of poorer health, but also affects your mood and mental health. Suppose you are suffering from poor quality sleep. In that case, Zachary Lott, MSN, ARNP, AGACNP-BC, and the expert team at Nexus HealthSpan in Corona del Mar and Lake Forest, California, can help you better understand why and find a solution that works for you. Call the office today to schedule an appointment online.
Experts believe quality sleep may be just as important to your health as good nutrition and exercise. Some research shows that getting fewer than 8 hours of sleep can result in certain medical conditions such as:
Sleep optimization, or sleep hygiene, is the practice of getting good quality sleep. There are several things you can do to help your sleep hygiene. This includes decreasing screen time before bed, setting a fixed wake-up time, and practicing mindfulness and relaxation techniques before bed.
Insomnia is a common sleep disturbance that makes it hard to fall asleep, stay asleep, or fall back asleep after waking. This can make people tired during the day and decrease their ability to work and perform other necessary duties. Poor sleep habits, travel, and stress can cause temporary insomnia, but prolonged disordered sleep can result in chronic insomnia that can last for several years.
If you suffer from insomnia, your provider will likely ask you about your sleep habits and what you do to help you fall asleep. They may also order sleep studies. A sleep study is a test that monitors your respiratory activity while you sleep. It detects changes in your breathing, oxygenation, heart rate, and body movements. Your provider can use a sleep study to help diagnose a sleep disorder.
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious condition in which a person’s breathing stops and starts during sleep. Some common signs of sleep apnea include loud snoring, gasping for air during sleep, insomnia, headache, and excessive daytime sleepiness. Insomnia can affect anyone but is more likely if you’re a male, overweight or obese, are older in age, smoke or drink alcohol excessively, or have a lot of nasal congestion.
If your provider suspects you have sleep apnea, they may perform sleep apnea screening by inquiring about your sleep habits and behaviors. They may also refer you to a sleep medicine specialist who can complete a sleep study and treat sleep apnea. The sleep study is most commonly performed with a home sleep test, where you wear a monitor that checks your heart rate, blood oxygen level, and breathing pattern.
If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you improve your sleep or treat your sleep condition, call us today or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.