Sleep Awareness Week is March 2nd-8th and is a time to learn, acknowledge, and recognize the importance of sleep. Sleep affects your mental and physical health, but perhaps most importantly, it helps you feel energized and ready for your day. However, there are many people that cannot get the amount of sleep they need due to sleep disorders, mental and/or physical health, and life stressors.
If you or someone you know struggles with falling or staying asleep and it has been an issue for a long time, it may not be too late to help change your sleeping habits. Start by tracking your daily and nightly habits and monitoring your exercise and diet. In general, those that are in good health tend to sleep better than those that are not so exercise and a change in lifestyle may help your sleep experience. If it does not, you may need to go to a sleep expert to figure out the underlying cause(s) of your sleep problems. Doing this may improve your sleep and quality of life, so do not wait to talk to a healthcare provider!