Sleep Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about sleep.

What can someone who is sleep deprived do to get back on a path toward a restful night’s sleep?

With busy schedules and the demands of family, work, community and more, people frequently put sleep on the back burner – causing sleep deprivation.

According to the National Institutes of Health, there are some steps you can take to help improve your sleep habits and get back on track, including:

  • Set a sleep schedule, and try to go to bed and wake up at the same time on both weekdays and weekends. Try to stick within an hour of your schedule.
  • Wind down by creating an hour of quiet time before bedtime. Avoid exercise, watching TV and computer use.
  • Avoid heavy or large meals and drinking alcohol for a few hours before bedtime.
  • Nicotine and caffeine are stimulants that can interfere with sleep, so avoid them for at least a few hours before bedtime.
  • Spend time outside every day possible.
  • Add some physical activity to your daily routine.
  • Keep your bedroom quiet, cool and dark.

Talk with your physician for more information about how you can develop good sleep habits to fight sleep deficiency.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians

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