sleepdisorders.gif Quality of sleep at night affects our ability to perform the next day. Mood and overall health are also tied to the quality of sleep we get each night.

We all have nights when we can't fall asleep. Life stresses, medical conditions, or maybe a noisy party next door. Whether you have short-term or chronic insomnia, there are steps you can take to sleep easier.

We love to be comfortable, warm, and cozy. Going to bed at night should give you the same feeling. Look at your surroundings and see if you can make changes in the bedroom. Here are some options to think about:

  • Make sure you have a comfortable, supportive mattress and foundation.
  • Your bedroom should be very dark. Invest in shades and curtains that keep out the maximum of light.
  • Try sleep masks.
  • If noise keeps you awake, try earplugs or white noise (a machine that uses static noise to drown out disturbing noise).
  • Be sure that the temperature of the room is cool.
  • Avoid any distractions like TVs, computers, or cell phones in the bedroom. Noises and lights are distracting.

Consider taking a short walk outside during the day. Sunlight or bright light may help you relax at night.