Posted on Thursday, April 16th, 2020 at 3:07 pm
The amount of sleep you get each night has a significant impact on your stress levels during the day. According to the American Psychological Association, the average American adult only gets 6.7 hours of sleep per night, which is considerably below the recommended 8-9 hours. But one APA study from 2013 argues that, if Americans got more sleep each night, they would be healthier and happier.
The Need for Sleep
When we sleep, our bodies have a chance to recover and repair themselves for the next day. According to the APA, this is when our brains consolidate our memories, and when our muscles can finally relax and repair. When we don’t get enough sleep, we might lash out at loved ones, fall asleep at the wheel, or be less productive at work. In some cases, people who do not get enough sleep are at a higher risk of developing health complications such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Manage Your Stress
When we are stressed out during the day, it is often hard to fall asleep at night. You may lie awake in bed for 45 minutes or an hour before falling asleep, which in turn shortens your period of sleep, leaving you more irritated the next day. It’s a vicious cycle.
One way to break the cycle is to manage your stress during the day. Not only will stress management leave you feeling healthier and happier, but it will also let you fall asleep more easily. Some ways to reduce stress are:
- Learn how to say no when you already have too much on your plate. This could be at a job or in your social life. If you explain to your friends or supervisors that you’re already too busy, they should understand and respect that.
- Set aside an hour each day for a relaxing activity. This could be yoga, pilates, baking, reading, playing with your dog, or writing in a journal. Try to stay away from screens to give your eyes and your brain a break.
- Ask for help. If you find that you are constantly overwhelmed with the stresses in your life, you might want to seek out help from a therapist or counselor.
It can be hard to prioritize self-care but remember that you not only deserve sleep and stress relief, but your health also depends on them.
Contact Silent Night Therapy
If your daytime stress is getting in the way of your sleep schedule, or if poor sleep leaves you feeling irritable and groggy, you might want to get in touch with a sleep therapist. At Silent Night Therapy, our specialists can help come up with a plan to get you a better night’s sleep. Whether you are suffering from sleep apnea or another sleep disorder, we are ready to assist you. Please call our number at 631-983-2463 to schedule your appointment today.
Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 at 6:10 pm
The team at Silent Night Therapy understands the safety concerns that our patients and prospective patients have regarding the spread of COVID-19, and in response, we are pleased to offer virtual sleep consultations and remote sleep testing through SNAP Diagnostics Dropship.
First, you will need to call us to set up a virtual consultation. Since it is not in the best interest of our community’s safety to meet in person, we will now be conducting sleep consultations through Facebook, Google Duo, and FaceTime. During your virtual appointment, your sleep specialist will explain how the in-home sleep study through Dropship will work. They will also discuss the symptoms of sleep apnea and ask what symptoms you are experiencing, then discuss goals and a potential treatment plan.
SNAP Diagnostics’ home delivery service, called Dropship, will deliver a sanitized testing kit to your home so you can conduct an in-home sleep study without needing to come into our lab. Simply follow the instructions and return your testing kit to SNAP Diagnostics, who will review your test and send us the results.
How Your In-Home Sleep Study Will Work
You will receive your in-home sleep study testing kit via delivery by SNAP Diagnostics’ delivery service, Dropship. An in-home study will use a belt, an oximeter probe, and an oral-nasal cannula, as opposed to a greater number of measuring tools used in a lab study. You simply go through your normal nightly routine and attach the equipment to yourself right before you go to sleep.
Because you are doing the study in the comfort of your own home, it will be easier to fall asleep and might yield more accurate results, since your sleep is more disrupted in a lab. Home studies are typically just as accurate as lab studies but are much more convenient and comfortable for the person being tested.
Contact the Team at Silent Night Therapy
We are committed to providing you the same level of service that you have always expected and are proud to offer our help through web consultations. If you have questions about sleep studies or suspect you might have sleep apnea, contact the team at Silent Night Therapy. You deserve a good night’s sleep, and we’ll be here to find the solution that will help you get it. Schedule your virtual consultation with us by calling (631) 983-2463 or by filling out a contact form today.