We all have occasional nights when we sleep fitfully and wake up the next day feeling tired. Several things contribute to a bad night’s sleep, including stress, overindulgence in food or drink, and illness.
Those of you who suffer from a true sleeping disorder unfortunately have more than a few nights with poor sleep. Those bad nights can soon outnumber the good and you find yourself dragging through life exhausted.
When to See a Sleep Professional
For the occasional bad night’s sleep, you can look to your own behavior prior to the sleeplessness. If you see that you ate too much rich food, or drank too much alcohol, had an argument, or even, perhaps, became overstimulated by a scary movie — you can identify that behavior and avoid it in the future. If that change controls the outcome, then you can relax knowing good sleep will come.
However, if you drag through day after day feeling exhausted, even though you think you had a decent night’s sleep, it’s probably time to determine whether you are suffering from a sleep disorder. A call to our office to schedule a consultation may be one of the best things you can do for your sleep and well-being. We will explore your medical history and perform a thorough analysis to determine what is causing your poor sleep then work with you to improve your sleep quality. One thing we might recommend, depending upon the overall state of your health, is exercise.
Exercise Has a Positive Effect on Sleep Quality
The benefit of exercise to our overall health is well supported by research. Of particular interest to anyone suffering from poor sleep are findings that a four-month routine of moderate aerobic exercise helped improve sleep quality in a sample group of adults suffering from insomnia — and also reduced daytime drowsiness and depression.
A different, randomized trial, found that 12 weeks of moderate-intensity aerobic and resistance exercise reduced obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) severity by 25%. Again, researchers noted that participants enjoyed improved quality of life, vigor, and less fatigue. This is great news because exercise is available to almost everyone and has no drug-related side effects. The research also showed, however, that poor sleep can get in the way of efforts to become more physically active, so that is a hurdle that needs to be recognized.
Exercise alone isn’t a standalone therapy for OSA, but added to other therapy, it can have a positive benefit on how you function during the day while also helping reduce the cardiovascular risks associated with OSA.
Schedule Your Sleep Evaluation Today
If you have been suffering from disturbed and poor sleep, now is the time to take steps toward sound sleep and better health. Call to schedule an appointment with us today. We are pleased to serve patients from Granger, Middlebury, Warsaw, and Plymouth, Indiana.