Pointers To Consider When Getting Quality Sleep
Migraines are something that many suffer from but the effects of it such as length of time, frequency and intensity can be improved or eliminated by changing and improving upon one’s sleeping habits. Sleep directly affects the levels of serotonin in the body known as the “feel good” chemical in the brain. Those who do not get proper sleep do not give their bodies what it needs to produce this chemical, thus the onset of a migraine headache due to their poor sleeping habits. The migraine headache’s effects can be greatly lessened with the proper amount of quality sleep.
Our sleep quality is affected by three things that we have some control over and they are stress levels, noise and drugs or medications that we may take. When these three factors are under control or eliminated, the quality of sleep is improved.
Lighting can also affect sleep quality and one cannot get good quality sleep with the lights on even if they think that this does not affect them. Turn off all the lights including the TV for a good quality night’s sleep.
There are those who have slept by having the TV on for many years and it is a hard habit to break. If one must have the TV on to fall asleep they should make sure to set the timer so that it goes off after about an hour. Once asleep the subconscious mind is aware of sounds and lights and when these things are eliminated the body can get the proper rest that it needs.
Stress levels are a factor for many people and though this aspect of their lives may be difficult to eliminate, it can be reduced by getting the proper amount of exercise each day. Exercise does help to reduce stress levels.
If you get the right amount of exercise before sunset each day you can get a good quality of sleep at night. Do not, however, exercise just before bedtime as you may have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep.
Certain medications can have their effects on our sleeping patterns. If you must take medication consult with your doctor about its effects on your sleep and if necessary the doctor will have you take them earlier in the day to reduce their effect on sleep. Caffeine is common drug that affects our sleep as well.
Caffeine consumption should be kept at a minimum and do not drink any caffeinated products after dinner and before bedtime. Caffeine is noted for triggering migraine headaches so if possible avoid this drug as often as possible.