Many people transitioning into CPAP therapy find it difficult to adjust to. If you’re feeling restless, however, it may have less to do with your CPAP equipment and more to do with your daily habits. It could be due to a number of little things you do during the day that don’t have an effect until much later at night. Below, we outline a number of these common problems. You may find that following these simple tips could help your body know when it’s time to rest.
Shut off your electronics
It is recommended that you have no contact with your cellphones, laptops, tablets, or other electronics at least an hour before you plan on going to sleep. Many doctors think that the bright screens are capable of heightening your brain activity, making it harder to adjust back to a relaxed state for sleep. By holding off on your electronics, you could help train your brain to know when it’s time for bed.
Keep the room dark
This follows a similar concept as above; by keeping the room as dark as possible, you ensure that you have as few disruptions as possible. This can allow your brain and body to relax and settle down, allowing sleep to come easier. If you sleep during the light hours of the day, try products like blackout blinds to keep the sun out.
Take a nap
This tip may seem counterproductive, but not if it’s done in the right way. Naps under 30 minutes can actually help you sleep better at night by preventing exhaustion. Sleeping more than 30 minutes during the day, however, can cause you to wake during the deeper parts of your sleep cycle, causing you to wake feeling less well rested. Many doctors also recommend you nap in a different area than where you sleep. This recapitulates your body’s understanding that when you’re in your bed, it’s time to sleep.
CPAP therapy can make great strides towards your feelings of restfulness and alertness. It does take time to transition, but the benefits greatly outweigh any initial discomfort. If you’re following these above tips and still finding it difficult to fall asleep, talk with your doctor about other things you might consider.
Of course, the above outline is not an exhaustive resource, but hopefully you now have a better understanding of a few things you can do to improve your quality of rest. It is best to speak with your doctor to determine what is best for your individual needs.
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