- How can sleep disorders be treated?
- What you yourself can do for a healthy sleep
- What you should watch out for if you wish to achieve a healthy night’s rest?
What are the therapeutic options for sleep disorders?
Generally, there are three different options:
- psychotherapeutic measures (sleep hygiene)
- somatic approaches (e.g. snore guard)
Depending on the type and degree of sleep disorder, the best therapeutic option is determined together with the attending doctor. However, it is also clear that regardless of the therapeutic option, the bed and the bedroom furnishings should play a decisive role. In particular, the quality of sleep can demonstrably be improved by a healthy bed.
How do you sleep healthy?
For a regenerative sleep, an interaction of various criteria must be met. On the one hand, bedding is required which has a positive effect on health. Here you should focus on the avoidance of pollutants in the sleeping area, or the use of natural materials. Orthopaedic bedding also has a positive impact on the nightly regeneration effect. The spine can relax overnight; fill the intervertebral discs with new fluid, and stretch itself. A mattress or slatted frame that does not provide sufficient support is of no use to anyone. On the contrary, you not only sleep badly, but the likelihood of back pain and tension increases.
On the other hand, you should also maintain regular sleep hygiene yourself. This includes regular times for going to bed. This also applies to weekends and vacations. Blinds and shutters are often overlooked or simply not considered relevant, but they play an important role. For blinds that clatter at night are more likely to prevent sleep than to be beneficial. This also applies to blinds that do not completely block out the light.
What can I do myself?
Affected people can contribute to better sleep in different ways. Overweight is sometimes the cause of sleep apnoea. Sensitive sleepers should try to avoid caffeinated and stimulating drinks from midday on. Heavy, high-fat meals in the evening can also prevent restful sleep. This also applies to alcohol. Experts advise you to exercise regularly, to get out into the fresh air every day and to maintain personal sleep hygiene. Even looking at the clock at night can subconsciously turn into stress and prevent you from sleeping.