Want to get a better night’s rest? Here’s how…

SleepingIt’s 1am and you’re lying in bed awake, with only a few more hours until your alarm goes off, and you have to prepare for the work day ahead of you.  For some reason you cannot easily fall asleep, and you turn to your social media feeds for a cure instead of forcing your eyes to close for a few more hours.

If you spend a great deal of time lying awake in bed at odd hours of the night, or if you feel drowsy throughout the day from a poor sleep, you may be dealing with a sleep disorder.

Some of the signs and symptoms associated with insomnia and sleep disorders include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep at night
  • Waking up throughout the night
  • Waking up earlier than desired
  • Still feeling tired after a full night’s rest
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Poor concentration and focus throughout the day

Fall into any of these categories?  You’re not alone.  According to the National Sleep Foundation, about 40 million Americans suffer from insomnia.  

Want to know how to better manage your sleeping habits so you can get a full night’s rest?  Some best practices to have a better night’s rest include:

Improving sleep habits: Regularize your sleep pattern by going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day, including weekends

Avoid substances that interfere with sleep: Avoid excessive caffeine intake, alcohol, or exercise right before bedtime.

Promote a relaxing environment: The best way to get your body ready for sleep is to promote the environment that would invite sleep.  Turn your lights off, turn off your television, and if your phone has the option, turn it on night-time mode to turn off the phone’s blue light.   

Seek medical attention: Some cases of insomnia can be caused by psychiatric conditions such as depression, which can bring down your mood and cause hormonal shifts.  A visit with a psychiatrist can help you understand your symptoms and provide you with treatment, if necessary.


Treatment for Insomnia and Sleep Disorders at Synergy Immediate Care

At Synergy Immediate Care, we provide treatment for patients who suffer from sleep disorders.  A visit to our center can determine if your symptoms are a result of physical illness, mental / psychiatric ailments, or both.

For more information about our psychiatric program, or other services we provide, please call us at 703-942-5331 to set up an appointment with one of our medical professionals.

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