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What is Sleep Hygiene and Why is it Important?

You may have been considering possible signs you need a professional sleep study in our Orange County sleep center. Regardless of whether you visit your physician about your sleep related issues, we encourage you to improve your sleep hygiene to increase your chances of a restful night of sleep. While we are very happy to help you uncover your sleep related issues, it is important to help yourself as well!

Woman Stretching in Bed with a Man Sleeping Beside HerYour sleep hygiene is the compilation of your habits and lifestyle that contribute to your ability to get a restful sleep. As important as any other part of your daily habits, ensuring you get a good night’s sleep is the key to avoiding several health and personal issues.

  • Sleep when you’re actually ready to sleep. Don’t spend a great deal of time in your bed awake watching television or reading. It is best to do these activities outside the bedroom so you are conditioned to see your bed as a place to sleep. If you cannot fall asleep within 20 minutes, you are not ready for bed.
  • Do not drink a lot of liquids before bed, and definitely avoid caffeine after the middle of the day.
  • Do not exercise within about three hours of your bedtime. Exercise can help you experience a more restful (deep) sleep, but it is too stimulating to be done right before bed.
  • Keep your bedroom quiet, a comfortable temperature, and dark.
  • Do not multipurpose your bedroom as an office or play area for your children, etc.
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco before bed. Even if these habits make you feel “relaxed”, both alcohol and tobacco disrupt your sleep.
  • If you can’t sleep, don’t force it. Get out of the bedroom and try to do something relaxing and mundane. The more “boring”, the better.
  • Set a bedtime and wake time for yourself that you stick to consistently every day – even weekends.

If you have any of the signs of a possible sleep disorder, improving your sleep hygiene will not likely make a significant difference. If you notice you are choking in your sleep, angry when you wake, nodding off during the day or other issues, we recommend you do not delay in speaking with your physician.

Whether you need a sleep study or sleep apnea treatment, Orange County residents can count on the Southern California Sleep Disorders Specialists Sleep Lab to get help sleeping better, and sleeping safer.

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7 Signs You Need a Professional Orange County Sleep Study

There are several factors that can affect your sleeping patterns and the quality of the sleep you have.

You may have a loud neighbor.

You may have issues with your sleep hygiene such as clutter near your bed, too much light, too much stimulus before bed, etc.

Thankfully these are problems that can be solved with some lifestyle and habit changes, or even some ear plugs and a sleeping mask. But what about the sleep related issues that can’t seem to be solved no matter what you do?

You may need to visit your physician to ask about getting a professional sleep study. So how will you know that you are suffering from a sleep disorder that needs further attention or that you are simply not setting yourself up for a good night’s rest?

Here are seven signs you need to see your doctor about a sleep study in our Orange County sleep center:

  • You or your partner notice that you stop breathing periodically or other irregular breathing during your sleep.
  • You snore very loudly on a regular basis.
  • You find yourself choking or snorting during your sleep.
  • Regardless of the number of hours you have slept, you wake up still tired / groggy, or are short-tempered.
  • When you wake up it is sudden or your heart is racing.
  • You consistently have headaches in the mornings.
  • You tend to nod off during the day regardless of the activities in which you are participating such as driving, important meetings or conversations, at the movies, etc.

If any of these signs seem familiar to you, we advise you fill out our simple sleep questionnaire and bring it to your physician to discuss a referral for a sleep study in our Orange County sleep center offering treatment for sleep apnea in addition to various sleep studies.

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News & Resources: Chest & Critical Care Consultants, A Medical Group

Hello and welcome to the future home of the Chest & Critical Care Consultants Online Resource section of this site. Here you will find updates including company news regarding our Medical Group serving Anaheim, Santa Ana, Placentia, Whittier, and Greater Orange County area residents.

While our services specialize in pulmonary and sleep disorder medicine, our critical care and hospital services are renowned for their attention to patient care, comfort, and support.Both here online and on location, find resources for the following specialties:

  • buildingFull Clinic Treatment
  • Critical Care Service
  • Pulmonary Specialization
  • In-patient Hospitalist Services
  • Internal Medicine
  • Specialized Accredited Sleep Lab

We hope to include updates about health & wellness in the community and nationally including trends, FAQs, patient forms, non-emergency recommendations, and other basic medical resources including the following categories that will soon be available right here…

  • Chest & Critical Care Consultants Medical News
    • Company News
    • Local News
    • Medicine in the News
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    • Forms & Paperwork
    • Virtual Office Tour
    • What To Expect
    • Patient Success Stories
  • Health Resources
    • Diet & Nutrition
    • Exercise
    • Nature & Wellness
  • Specialty Resources

… and more to come!

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