How to Prevent Sleep Disorders

There are a wide variety of sleep disorders such as sleepwalking, talking in the sleep, sleep apnea, night terrors and insomnia. There are many things you can do regarding your sleep habits as well as your general lifestyle habits that will prevent sleep disorders. Sleep disorders are typically the result of health conditions that can be easily prevented. Here are a few steps on how to prevent sleep disorders.


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    Maintain a healthy lifestyle such as eating well, drinking water regularly, avoiding stress and maintaining a healthy weight. Frequently, individuals develop sleep disorders due to stress or obesity.
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    Establish a regular schedule for sleep. Wake up and go to bed at the same time everyday, including weekends. Establishing a regular sleep schedule will train your body to sleep soundly on a consistent basis.
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    Avoid taking naps throughout the day. If you take a nap during the day, then you will be less tired at night, be more restless and may not sleep as deeply.
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    Abstain from smoking, drinking alcohol or ingesting caffeine because they can keep you up at night. Even though alcohol makes you sleepy, it obstructs the quality of your sleep.
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    Exercise regularly so that your body will be tired, but do not exercise for 3 to 4 hours before you go to sleep, because it may energize you.
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    Refrain from eating heavy meals for dinner, which can make you feel uncomfortable and will prevent you from sleeping well.
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    Create a bedroom that is quiet, dark and a comfortable temperature, which will promote sleep and avoid disturbances.
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    Sleep on your side with your head slightly elevated to prevent the symptoms of sleep apnea.
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    Construct a bedtime routine such as reading, meditating or bathing. Having a routine will train your body to recognize that you are preparing for sleep, which will help you to fall asleep easier.
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    Use your bedroom for sleep only. Do not work or do any other tasks in your bedroom if possible. If your bedroom is used only for sleep, then you will associate the room with sleep, which will aid in falling asleep faster and sleeping deeply.
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    Get out of bed and engage in a non-stimulating activity, such as reading until you feel sleepy again. Sometimes lying in bed when you are not able to sleep makes it more difficult to feel sleepy.


  • Consider seeing a therapist if you have difficulties dealing with stress. Psychotherapy may help you learn to deal with stress more effectively, and in turn, benefit your sleep habits.
  • Check the side effects of any medication you are currently taking; sometimes medications can interfere with sleep.
  • Contact your doctor if you are experiencing consistent sleep disorders. You may require medical attention to alleviate the symptoms.

Things You'll Need

  • Healthy food
  • Dark, quiet bedroom
  • Alarm clock

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