As a college student, it’s hard for me to get a full eight hours of rest every night, and that’s true for everyone. Between work, families, school, social commitments, chores, doctors, and everything else that we all do on a daily basis, it can be hard to prioritize laying down ad shutting your eyes.
Most people know that sleep is important, but just how important is it? According to the American Psychological Association, it is “essential.” With over 70 sleep disorders also affecting natural nocturnal activities, it is easy to understand that falling asleep is a huge task. Before consulting your doctor about a serious condition, try some of these quick tips.

1. Eat something so your stomach doesn’t keep you awake.

2. Put down computers, cell phones, and other harsh screens half an hour before bed.

3. Establish a regular night-time routine to prepare your body for sleep. Take a shower, brush your teeth, read a chapter, turn off the lights … or something along those lines.

4. Consider changing your mattress or pillow.

5. Prepare an environment by adjusting light, temperature, blankets, and anything else in your immediate sleeping area. If you sleep with a partner, talk to them about what makes you comfortable.

Still can’t sleep? It may be time to consult a medical professional like your family doctor or one of Byrd-Watson Medical Equipment’s Respiratory Therapists.

Article by Jase Lucas / Sales & Marketing Coordinator at Byrd-Watson