Healthier Me: Habits that ruin your sleep

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This is your wake-up call if you're not getting enough sleep.
You're not just harming your next day's energy, but also your health.

We've all been there; our alarm buzzes in the morning and we feel groggy and don't want to get out of bed.

"We just try to fit more into our days than is possible and, therefore, we kind of just let our sleep go to the wayside," said Sanford Sleep Medicine Nurse Practitioner Heidi Saarinen.

Not getting enough sleep breaks us down mentally and physically, that's why practicing good sleep hygiene is very important.

"Sleep hygiene are behaviors or practices that center around sleep that help improve getting to sleep or that sleep quality," said Saarinen.

Saarinen says keeping a consistent sleep schedule, not using electronics and not drinking caffeine and alcohol eight hours before bed are healthy habits you should follow.

"It may not necessarily affect people falling asleep, but it definitely affects their sleep quality and how they can feel when they wake up the next day," said Saarinen.

While going to bed and getting up at the same time is ideal for how we feel during the day, Saarinen says there are other things you can do to make sure you're getting enough sleep.

"The more active that we are during the day, the better the quality of our sleep," said Saarinen.

If you take a nap during the day, health officials say don't take it after 3 p.m. and limit your nap to 45 minutes.