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Tips on How to Wake Up with More Energy

Most people enjoy laying their heads down every night to go to sleep, while others dread the thought of another sleepless night or waking up feeling like a zombie. Over the years, the average sleep time has decreased. Without the proper amount of sleep each night, it can be very difficult to accomplish everyday tasks.

Often, medical problems are the cause of sleep deprivation. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine states that the most common medical problems that affect sleep in women include acid reflux, arthritis, asthma, back pain, epilepsy, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. Many times, treating the underlying problem can go a long way in improving your sleep. But how can we wake up feeling rested and with more energy if getting a good night’s rest seems nearly impossible?

Women have the tendency to constantly worry about loved ones and other people, events or circumstances. Because of these stressors, getting to sleep and staying asleep can be a huge task. The good news is that higher levels of routine daily physical activity may be the key ingredient to a better night’s sleep for women. Especially for those who are menopausal and suffer from hot flashes and night sweats. However, when lifestyle changes just don’t seem to cut it, what else can be done to improve sleep and our overall selves to take on the next day?

When there aren’t enough hours in the day to fit in a workout, or giving up caffeinated beverages is simply out of the question, there is another option for those who do not have a pre-existing medical condition: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).

CBT for sleep may include relaxation training, behavioral therapy, stimulus control, sleep restriction therapy and sleep hygiene. Cognitive therapy can help those with insomnia to identify and correct inappropriate thoughts and beliefs that may contribute to poor sleep. Therapy can also provide people with the proper information about sleep norms, age-related sleep changes, sleep goals, and the influence of naps and exercise.

Sleep is not something to take lightly. Waking up with improved energy each morning can be challenging. Thankfully, there are several potential solutions that can assist you in achieving a good night’s rest. Taking that first step and involving your doctor will get you started in the right direction.

The Crozer-Keystone Sleep Centers are staffed by neurologists and pulmonologists who are fellowship-trained and board-certified in sleep medicine. The Sleep Centers also offer cognitive behavioral therapy by a specially trained neuropsychologist. For more information about sleep or to make an appointment, visit http://sleepcenters.crozerkeystone.org, call 1-888-SLEEP-03 (1-888-753-3703) or submit an online appointment request form.

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