Besides diet and exercise, one important thing we all need to do to stay healthy is make sure we get a good night sleep. Even though stress and other factors can cause headaches, studies show that a lack of sleep, or poor sleeping patterns, also contribute to headaches. If you’ve had headaches and wonder where they come from, examine your sleep routines. How many hours of sleep each night do you get? Do you toss and turn in your sleep? Is your mattress too hard or too soft? Do you wake up well rested? Do you take naps during the day?
With our hustle and bustle world, and odd working hours, it’s no wonder that sleep often takes the back seat. Perhaps Thomas Jefferson functioned well on 3 hours of sleep every night, but we all aren’t Thomas Jefferson. The average person needs about 7 or 8 hours to feel good and has the energy to do the things we need to do.If you have problems sleeping, this can have a major effect on your quality of sleep. Is stress keeping you awake at night? Family trouble? Finances? Trouble on the job?
If you do know what’s keeping you up at night and nothing seems to help, consult a professional. Your doctor can help you by referring you to a counselor to talk about your anxiety, or perhaps he will recommend a mile over-the-counter sleeping tablet to help you fall asleep.
Ways to Get a Good Night Sleep
- Drink something warm without sugar and caffeine before calling it a night, like warm milk.
- explore natural herbs for insomnia
- Turing all electronics off an hour before you go to bed
- Blocking your alarm clock from view can help your mind from racing thoughts about the day to come
- Adjust your thermostat between 68 and 72 degrees
- Exercise regularly, but avoid vigorous exercise 3 to 4 hours before bed- it can give you a burst of energy
- Eating a heavy meal can overload your digestive system- so eat light.
- taking a warm bath and listening to soothing music can help you relax before bed to get a good night sleep
Doing all of the above will help you get a good night sleep, which will, in turn, reduce your stress level, which will, in turn, lower the number of headaches you have. What determines whether you feel rested isn’t the number of hours, but the quality of the sleep you get. It’s better to sleep 4 or 5 hours of “good sleep” than 7 or 8 hours of tossing and turning and getting up in the middle of the night. What is good sleep? Deep sleep. Your brain has to sink into REM sleep before your body and brain can physically and neurologically rest.