Traditional insomnia plagues millions of Americans; however, some are affected by another sleep issue, called maintenance insomnia. This problem is defined as frequent waking throughout the night with an inability to fall back asleep.
Most of the time, sufferers can encourage better sleep by improving their sleep hygiene. This term is used in reference to lifestyle habits which promote better sleep. Research suggests that all sorts of bad habits can contribute to maintenance insomnia, including:
- Eating too close to bedtime
- Viewing television or computer screens within two hours of going to sleep
- Being exposed to LED lights, which suppress the production of melatonin
- Ingesting caffeinated beverages within 6 to 8 hours of bedtime
To avoid sleep problems, experts recommend that people practice better sleep hygiene by avoiding the above habits. That said, people who suffer from sleep apnea typically require a more aggressive strategy.
When Sleep Hygiene Isn’t Enough
Because it causes sufferers to stop breathing at different times throughout the night, sleep apnea promotes maintenance insomnia. If your sleeping problems are owed to sleep apnea, lifestyle changes aren’t likely to make much difference.
To get deep, restorative sleep on a regular basis, you will need an effective sleep apnea treatment, such as oral appliance therapy. To learn more, contact Dr. Berry's office online or call (303) 691-0267 today. Don’t let sleep apnea keep you up at night; reach out and get the help you deserve.