By Pfizer Medical Team
Did you know the way you feel while you're awake depends in part on what happens while you're sleeping? During sleep, your body works to support healthy brain function and maintains your physical health – which is why it is a key dimension of Wellness. Below are some tips to help you get a restful sleep - and none of them involve counting sheep!
Turn OFF before you tuck in
If you rely on your electronic devices to relax before bedtime, you may be in for a rude awakening. Tablets, mobile phones, computers, televisions… None of these items are your friend at bedtime. In fact, using electronic devices before going to bed can adversely affect your sleep. Be sure to limit screen time before bed and make your bedroom a "no phone zone" to ensure quality sleep!
If you're having problems falling asleep, keeping a detailed diary may help you understand the reasons why. Writing in a sleep diary for 2 weeks is a great way for you to learn about your sleep habits, and can help you keep track of anything you'd like to talk about with your healthcare provider
Be aware that your thoughts and behaviors can impact your sleep
You are the most important member of your sleep dream team, so if you're not nodding off with ease, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia (CBT-i) may be just what the doctor ordered. This structured program is designed to help you recognize and replace the thoughts and behaviors that may be causing your insomnia.
CBT-i can help you uncover the source of your sleep problems so you can get back under your covers and sleep easy, especially when you combine it with practicing good sleep habits.
To help ensure you are getting the best quality sleep, ask your healthcare provider to recommend a trained CBT-i psychotherapist and remember to use these tips before going to bed.
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Following these recommendations should be under the care of your physician, as results may vary.
Medically reviewed by Elizabeth Pappadopulos, PhD, Global Medical Affairs, Pfizer
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