Understanding Sleep Quality and How to Improve It
Dr Winston Carhee is a natural healthcare provider at Pain 2 Wellness Center, LLC who helps people sleep better by using natural therapies. Sleep loss and poor sleep quality are global health concerns with significant adverse health outcomes for individuals. To better understand sleep quality and how to improve it, a clarification of the term is necessary to inform patients, healthcare providers, promotional consistent definitions in research, and develop prevention and treatment strategies.
What is Sleep Quality?
Sleep quality is an individual’s subjective perception of their own nocturnal restfulness or wakefulness over a period of time. This could be over the course of one night or multiple nights. Generally speaking, good sleep quality is characterized by waking up feeling refreshed and energetic. Poor sleep quality does not allow for this – people may wake up feeling lethargic or groggy. Poor sleep quality can lead to physical fatigue as well as mental distress, decreased cognitive functioning, weakened immune system function, high blood pressure, impaired glucose tolerance and insulin resistance.
How Can You Improve Your Sleep Quality?
There are many ways to improve your sleep quality on a day-to-day basis. One of the most important things you can do is create a consistent sleeping schedule that works best for you – go to bed at the same time every night and get up at the same time every morning (even on weekends). If possible try to spend some time outside during the day so that your body gets some natural light exposure which will help regulate your internal clock (which helps you fall asleep easier). Additionally make sure that where you are sleeping is dark, cool, quiet and comfortable – these factors all contribute greatly to an individual’s ability to get a restful night’s sleep. There are also certain lifestyle choices such as avoiding caffeine late in the day and cutting back on alcohol consumption that can help improve one’s sleep quality as well.
Poor sleep quality has serious health consequences both physically and mentally so it’s important that everyone takes steps to ensure they are getting the best possible rest each night. Different strategies work differently for different people so if you find yourself struggling with poor sleep then it might be worth consulting with Dr Winston Carhee at Pain 2 Wellness Center who specializes in helping people naturally improve their sleep through specific therapies tailored for each individual patient’s needs. Everyone deserves a good night’s rest!