Sleep is a fundamental aspect of our life. Adequate amounts of sleep help maintain a healthy brain function and improves overall physical and mental health. While sleep is a vital necessity, almost 50% of the population suffer from various types of sleep disorders. Overtime inadequate amounts of sleep can lead to chronic health conditions including cognitive impairment, increased anxiety and depression and headaches.
The relationship between neurological conditions and sleep disorders is complex, multidimensional, and often bidirectional. Comorbidities of both sleep and neurological disorders often decrease a person’s overall quality of life.
Here are a few helpful sleep hygiene tips:

Maintain a consistent sleep routine/schedule. For example, go to bed and wake up close to the same time daily, even on weekends.
Try mindfulness breathing and relaxation techniques 30 – 45 minutes prior to bedtime.
Take a warm or hot shower prior to bedtime.
Increase physical activity during the day, ie 30 – 45 minutes of exercise. Avoid intense workouts closer to bedtime.
Avoid caffeinated beverages or stimulates late in the day.
Aromatherapy with essential oils.
Try herbal teas. Chamomile and other herbal teas can help relax and sooth the body.
Avoid watching television or excessive screentime on phone or laptops while in bed.
Commit to a well-balanced diet.
Limit Daytime days.

“ The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.”
— E. Joseph Cossman

By: Jordan Shankle, PA