Sleep hygiene

Sleep isn’t just a ‘time out” from daily life, is a basic necessity of life, as important to our health and well-being as air, food and water.

It is important for renewing our mental and physical health each day. More than 100 million Americans of all ages regularly fail to get a good night sleep.

For most people, falling asleep and staying asleep are parts of a natural process. Good sleepers are likely to have developed certain lifestyle and dietary habits that promote sound sleep.

These habits or behaviors, know as Sleep Hygiene, can have positive or negative effects on sleep. Sleep hygiene is mostly a matter of common sense; review the following suggestions to improve your sleep.

Trouble sleeping

If you’re having problems sleeping more than three times a week for a month, see your health care provider and ask for a referral to Salem Health’s Sleep Center to be evaluated for a sleep disorder.

You will be seen by a physician Sleep Medicine Specialist who will identify possible sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea or restless leg syndrome.

Sleep testing is performed in our state of the art sleep laboratory by experienced, licensed sleep technologists.

Identifying and treating the cause of your sleep disturbance can help get you back on the road to a good night’s sleep and improved health.

Sleep Center