Tips & Tricks: 5 MS-Friendly Sleep Tips
- by Lift MS Team
- October 22, 2018
Getting a healthy amount of sleep could have a positive impact on your overall health. The National MS Society says that people with MS may experience sleep disturbances up to 3 times more frequently than the general population. Sleep disturbances could include insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs/body syndrome, and excessive daytime sleepiness.
We gathered five tips for you to include in your daily routine that could improve your sleep at night. Make sure to talk to your doctor if you are experiencing trouble sleeping.
- Limit caffeine. A caffeinated beverage can feel like a quick solution to low energy, but could lead to more problems at night. The National MS Society recommends limiting caffeine intake to the morning.
- Exercise regularly. Keeping a regular exercise routine may improve fatigue and your overall health, but you should avoid exercising too close to your bedtime. Consider some exercises like yoga or dancing. It’s important to consult with your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program.
- Set a sleep schedule. Once you set a schedule, stick to it—even on the weekends. Late nights could disrupt your sleep schedule. The National MS Society recommends waking up and going to bed at the same time every day.
- Calm your mind. To help fall asleep with ease, listen to relaxing music before you go to bed. Release some stress with meditation and deep breathing techniques to sleep better at night.
- Turn off your electronics. Phones and television may be overstimulating and keeping you awake at night. Power down electronics before going to bed and instead try calming activities at night, such as reading a book, taking a bath, or writing in a journal.
Share how you manage your sleep schedule in the comments below! What helps you fall asleep at night?
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