Daytime Remedies for Nighttime Woes

Can what you do today affect how well, and if you get much sleep tonight? 

The answer: More than you might even realize.

Despite what you may have read, an earlier bedtime or fancy bluelight glasses might not be the answer to your sleep troubles. Your habits during the day may be playing a major role in keeping you awake.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network OPEN, looked at how a series of lifestyle interventions played a role in helping a certain group of people sleep better. The lifestyle interventions included changes in: 

  • Nutritional behavior
  • Aerobic exercise
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol intake avoidance
  • Sleep hygiene

After experiencing these combined lifestyle interventions over a two-month period, a group of men with a sleeping/breathing disorder known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) saw significant changes in their sleep.

OSA is a breathing problem that occurs during sleep that many people do not realize they have. Right now, over 900 million adults in the general population struggle with this sleep disorder. Also, almost 60% of moderate to severe OSA is associated with obesity.

After participating in the study’s program to change llifestyle habits, many of the men in the study no longer struggled with their sleep disorder. Others, no longer needed medical care for OSA after making healthy lifestyle changes. They were sleeping better, and many of them also experienced significant weight loss. 

These findings confirm that daily lifestyle habits make a difference in the quality of sleep a person is able to get. What you eat, what you take into your body, and how you use energy all day long can have a strong effect on your sleep quality. And this is not just true for people with OSA.

Learning how to get quality sleep is complicated. We know we need good sleep, but sometimes we don’t know what changes we need to make to help us sleep better.

If you are not getting enough sleep at night, get honest about what your habits look like during the day. ALYKA is here to help you achieve more restful nights!