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How to Improve Patient’s Sleep Quality

A healthy lifestyle begins and ends with a good night of sleep. The answer for improving the quality of sleep isn’t the same for everyone, but we’ve put together a few things to discuss with your patients when they come to you with questions.

 

  • Create a schedule and stick to it. The best way to get into a rhythm for anything is to start with a schedule. Encourage your client to regularly block off eight full hours for sleeping as you know this is the daily recommended amount for adults. Their plan should allow for time before and after sleep to unwind or prepare for the day.
  • Keep a journal. We always encourage keeping track of activity, nutrition, and sleep patterns in a daily journal to help you and your patients understand what may be helping or hindering sleep quality.
  • Pay attention to nutrition. What we eat plays into how we feel, and how we feel can directly affect our sleep cycles. If your patient is experiencing sleep quality issues, first ask them if they are regularly consuming meals or caffeine within two hours of bedtime as that can cause indigestion issues. Next, ask them about the foods they are eating on a regular basis. A diet with an excess of processed foods can also affect sleep quality. Swapping in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help your patient feel more regular and may improve their sleep.
  • Create a nightly routine. Having a nightly routine that begins 30 minutes before bed can help your patient get into the mindset to sleep. Even if they are not tired, once they get used to the routine, going through the motions can help naturally remind the mind and body that you’re tired. We recommend that the patient turns off the television and other digital screens as the unwind and decompress as the light emitted from the display can decrease melatonin levels and affect sleep duration and quality.
  • Set up for a morning of leisure. Too many people spend the first hour of their day frantically trying to rush out the door to get where they need to be. This makes for an unpleasant start to the day which may affect everything that happens from there on. Talk to your patient about their morning routine, and suggest that they make adjustments to create a stress-free morning.
  • Invest in better sleep conditions. The quality of rest and comfort go hand-in-hand. A quality mattress, soft sheets, and clothing can all contribute to your patient’s comfort.

 

 

The quality of sleep plays a significant role in how we all feel. Suggesting these few tips to your patients may help them see an increase in sleep quality and improvement in their quality of life. We also recommend that you talk to your patient about using Seditol®. Seditol® is a proprietary, plant-based blend of Magnolia officinalis bark and Ziziphus spinosa seed. An open-label survey of 295 people with moderate sleep difficulties suggests that Seditol® may help support a healthy sleep. Seditol® offers a plant-based alternative to commonly-sold synthetic dietary supplements for sleep. Learn more by visiting our website or by calling 1-800-783-4636 today!

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