If you want to ensure that you are getting enough sleep there are several things you should do. First, don’t count the time spent in bed as sleep unless you are falling asleep right away. You may be going to be 8 hours before you have to get up, but if you spend a few hours trying to fall asleep you are still going to be sleep deprived. Instead of counting the hours you spend in bed, you should instead track how long you actually sleep for. While it may seem impossible to time your sleep, you can do it if you decided to invest in having a sleep study done. A sleep study is a clinical study done at a medical facility where trained technicians monitor you during your sleep. A sleep study can help to provide you with invaluable information that will let you know how restful your sleep really is.
Once you have your sleep study done you should take what you learn from it and use it to help yourself to get a good night’s sleep every night. If you have sleep apnea that the sleep study uncovered, make sure that you use either the positive pressure machine or mouthpiece that is prescribed to you. You should also avoid drinking anything with caffeine after dinner so that it won’t affect your ability to fall asleep. One thing that many people don’t consider when they are thinking about their quality of sleep is the quality of their mattress. A poor mattress can make it hard to get comfortable and fall asleep. A poor mattress will also not provide you with the support that you need in order to keep your back and neck healthy. Getting enough sleep each night is essential if you want to stay in good health.