Catherine Reeves, Lawyer at Metzger Wickersham
March is known for marking the beginning of spring, St. Patrick's Day
and Daylight Savings Time. However, Americans also use the month to celebrate
National Sleep Awareness Month.
Are you constantly feeling tired and at full capacity despite going to
bed at a reasonable hour each night? Getting quality sleep is as important
as getting enough hours of shut-eye. Deep, quality sleep can be hard to
come by, but if you get it right, you'll realize just how much it
benefits your day.
Imagine your brain has a bin. Throughout the day, documents are thrown
into your brain-bin, accumulating faster if you are performing more activities
or taking in new experiences. Some days, the ‘bin’ can reach
full capacity before bedtime, but on days in which you just sit on the
couch and watch TV, the ‘bin’ doesn’t accumulate that much.
As you sleep, your brain ensures that those ‘documents’ are
properly filed so you can wake up feeling ready to take on the day with
an empty ‘bin’. If you have a sleepless night or several in
a row, you can imagine that there will be leftover ‘documents’
unorganized, thus filling up your brain-bin quickly. Which in turn will
allow less space for new information and it can make you feel tired or
Top Health Benefits of Sleep
Sleep is extremely important to the human body. Getting adequate sleep
will give your body better tools to:
- reduce risks of chronic disease, depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses
- improve memory, efficiency, and concentration
- decrease risks of cancer thanks to natural melatonin
- minimize stress
5 Tips to Sleep More Soundly
Every person is different with respect to sleep-needs. Some adults require
nine hours of sleep per night, and some are comfortable with only four
hours. Although length of sleep is important, quality of sleep may be
even more important. Consider the following tips to ensure quality sleep:
Have a bedtime routine. Your brain likes routine, try to go to bed at the same time every night
and wake up at the same time every morning, even on the weekends.
Strive to train your brain when it is time to go into
“wind down” mode, which will allow you to drift off to sleep in no time. Take a bath before
bed or create a soothing soundscape with a relaxing podcast, audiobook,
guided meditation or listen to calming tunes or nature sounds. Keep the
volume low and try to focus only on what you hear.
Exercise but not too close before bedtime. Research has shown that exercise helps stabilize mood and decompress the
mind. However, when you exercise right before bed, you’re not just
pumping up your muscles, you’re pumping up your heart rate, too.
So even though working out may make your body tired, it hinders sleep.
Figure out your most comfortable sleeping atmosphere. Do you prefer a firm mattress or a soft mattress? Are you a side sleeper?
Does sleeping on your stomach cause you to stop breathing and wake you
up? Everyone has their preferences on temperature, blankets, and light
levels. They also have preferences on mattresses, pillows, and sheets.
You spend almost a third of your life in bed, so why would you buy the
cheapest pillow that will make you uncomfortable? Discover what makes
you most comfortable for the best quality sleep.
Be careful about what you put in your body before bed. Caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, and large meals can adversely affect your
quality of sleep. Although drinking copious amounts of alcohol can certainly
put you in a state of sleep, it oftentimes disrupts sleep throughout the
night. Late night bites can cause heartburn and increase bathroom trips.
Ingest in moderation for quality sleep.
6 Common Sleep Disorders
Lack of sleep can truly affect your quality of life. If you’re struggling
to fall asleep or to stay asleep, or get blamed for snoring a lot, you
could be one of the 70 million Americans suffering from one of these common
If you go two to three weeks with very little or poor sleep, you may have
a sleep disorder. Make an appointment with your doctor to discuss it.
Pain can also prevent an individual from sleeping well. If pain is causing
you sleep loss and deceased job performance, it might be time to consider
contacting Metzger Wickersham to discuss your personal injury, workers’
compensation, and/or Social Security claim.
If you have a sleep disorder or another health condition that prevents
you from working, contact our attorneys today to discuss your potential
disability claim. If your sleep problems are due to a personal injury
or a work-related injury claim, we can help protect your rights!
For more information about your legal options, call us today at (888) 286-2850!