Sleep helps your mind and body recharge itself, so you can enjoy good health. If you are suffering from a sleep disorder, a good night of sleep may seem impossible. Your sleep doctor can help. The sleep doctors at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC Dr. Richard Bogan, and Dr. Laura Herpel, provide comprehensive sleep medicine services, to help you sleep well.
What You Need to Know about Sleep
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, these are just a few of the ways sleep helps you:
In teens and children, sleep helps with:
- Growth and development
- Thinking and learning
- Reaction and working
- Getting along with others
In adults, sleep helps with:
- Lowering blood pressure
- Lowering heart rate
- Stabilizing hormones
- Controlling metabolism
- Concentration and focus
- Boosting your immune system
- Preventing illness
In fact, getting consistent, good sleep can decrease your risk of high blood pressure, obesity, stroke, coronary artery disease, memory issues, and illness.
If you are having difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, you can benefit from a sleep study from your sleep specialist. A sleep study can identify sleep disorders including sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome, insomnia, and narcolepsy. When a sleep disorder is identified, it can be treated by your sleep specialist, so you can sleep well again.
You can take a few steps to ensure you are doing all you can to sleep well. You should:
- Create a restful atmosphere in your bedroom
- Sleep on a good mattress and use comfortable pillows
- Avoid placing a television, computer, phone, or other types of screen in your bedroom
- Limit or avoid caffeine in your diet
- Avoid eating a large meal before bed
- Exercise regularly
Practicing a sleep ritual can signal your body it’s time for sleep. Some common sleep rituals you can try include reading a book, taking a warm bath, or practicing meditation.
Want to Know More?
To learn more about the importance of sleep and how our sleep specialists can help you, call the sleep doctors Dr. Bogan and Dr. Herpel at Bogan Sleep Consultants in Columbia, SC. You can reach them in the office by calling (803) 251-3093, so call today.