More Restful Sleep Without Pills, Says Richmond Dentist

Feb 26th, 2013 | By | Category: Patient Education, Sleep Apnea

sleep apneaLast week, we explored the anatomy of sleep apnea and how the disorder can deny your mind and body of the deep sleep they need to rejuvenate. Patients who suffer from sleep apnea may not be aware of their condition unless their sleeping partners complain about the loud snoring that accompanies it, but they may notice suffering from the symptoms of sleep deprivation. Sometimes, however, you may be losing sleep for a number of other factors, such as pressure from work, family, and other responsibilities. Whether you are losing sleep or not sleeping well enough, you might turn to sleeping aids for relief, as many people do. Richmond dentist, Dr. Stefan Moiceanu, prefers not to chemically alter your sleep architecture whenever possible, and offers these natural tips for regulating your body’s circadian rhythm without medication.

Tips for Better Rest               

  • Stick to a schedule—Stressing can cause you stay in alert mode longer than usual, neglecting to go to bed when you should as you ponder problems and solutions that probably cannot be resolved in the time it takes you to get to sleep. Adhere to a continuous schedule, laying down and getting up at the same time every day. The consistency will help your body recognize when it’s time to shut down and rest for the night. You can facilitate this recognition, as well as help your mind and body relax, by doing the same thing every night before bed. Reading a book in low light, listening to soft music, or taking a warm shower are examples of relaxing activities that can help you prepare for a good night’s rest.
  • Relax. No, really—The phrase, “you should relax,” has been overused in today’s culture. When you can’t sleep, however, you should take the words to heart. Just because you are in bed does not necessarily mean you are relaxed. If you still have difficulty falling asleep after about 15 minutes of lying in bed, get up and do something relaxing. Lying awake torturing yourself because you can’t sleep will not help you rest any sooner.
  • Make your bedroom sleep-friendly—To rest comfortably, your environment should encourage this rest. Typically, this means cool, dark, and quiet. Also, if your bed and/or pillow are uncomfortable, change them. Tossing and turning all night while you try to find a comfortable position can significantly contribute to sleep deprivation, and comfort is an essential element of proper rest.

If it’s Sleep Apnea, Your Richmond Dentist Can Help

If sleep apnea is the cause of your sleep deprivation, then contact Dr. Moiceanu as soon as possible to determine the right treatment. You can schedule a consultation in Richmond by calling Hilltop Family Dental at 510-758-7222. Located in the 94806 area, we proudly serve families from Richmond, Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and the surrounding communities.

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