Did you know that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in every 3 adults in America doesn’t get enough sleep on a regular basis? And even among those that do get plenty of sleep, conditions like sleep apnea keep many Americans from getting the restful sleep that we all need. Most of us have experienced at least a few bad nights of sleep in our day, and we know how much even one night of missed or restless sleep can affect us in the days and even weeks that follow.
So what can you do to get better sleep on a regular basis? The good news is there are many simple steps that can help you to get your best night’s sleep, especially with the help of a Kansas City sleep clinic or sleep specialist.
Two of the best things that you can do to improve your sleep may involve changing your daily schedule a little bit. Experts have found that people who sleep better are those who tend to go to bed and wake up around the same time every day. This habit takes advantage of your body’s natural rhythms, and can help you to wake up feeling more refreshed, rather than groggily hitting your snooze button until you finally have to roll out of bed to make it to work.
Another thing that helps is to create a relaxing bedtime ritual; something that you do every night before you go to bed, to help calm your mind and separate your sleeping time from your awake time. It’s also a good idea to “unplug” about an hour before bed—meaning no checking Twitter or Facebook while you’re waiting to go to sleep. Mobile devices and other electronics tend to stimulate our brains and keep us awake, and the constant influx of new information on social media isn’t exactly restful.
It can also help to make sure that you get at least some physical activity each day in order to promote healthy sleep. Still, making these kinds of lifestyle changes may not be enough to ensure that you get your best sleep. For that, you may need the help of a Kansas City dentist who is also a sleep specialist. As a Kansas City sleep specialist, Dr. Blacker can help to diagnose and treat common sleep problems such as sleep apnea with the help of special oral appliances.
Specially crafted just for you, these oral appliances are comfortable and safe, and are designed to help keep your airway unobstructed while you sleep, which means better and more restful sleep for you. It’s also a great alternative to more costly and complicated CPAP machines and other breathing devices.
If you’re interested in learning how a family dentist who is also a Kansas City sleep specialist can help you to get your best night’s sleep, call Blacker Family Dental in Kansas City, MO at (816) 763-8400 or click here to schedule an appointment.