Notice: Maryville Imaging Early Closure on 5/16
Our Maryville Imaging location will be closing early at 12 p.m. on Thursday, May 16th. Our operating hours for Maryville Imaging that day will be from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Thank you for your cooperation! 

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Getting a solid night’s rest can make or break your day to come. When you are tired, you aren’t functioning at your highest capacity. The following tips are things you can do to make sure this isn’t an issue for you.

  1. Room Darkening Shades
    When there is too much light coming into your room, you won’t be able to go deeper into sleep. This is where room darkening shades come in. They block out all of the sunlight from peering into the room, so that you don’t have to wake up with the early morning sun.
  2. Limit Caffeine Before Bed
    While at the time, the late afternoon cup of coffee may seem like a necessity. However, it could be what is keeping you up at night. Avoid drinking coffee, soda or energy drinks later in the day, as the caffeine can make it hard for your heart to begin to slow to lull you to sleep at night.
  3. Develop a Sleep Routine
    If you continuously do the same routine before bed, then your body knows what is coming next. You are able to prepare for your night one step at a time, so your brain slowly starts releasing melatonin in order to give you the best sleep possible. A sleep routine could consist of washing your face, laying out your clothes for the following day, making your lunch or having a cup of nighttime tea. It relaxes you as you understand what is to come. Routine is key. Practice it every night around the same time.
  4. Limit screen time as your night comes to a close.
    Avoid looking at your phone, tablet or computer before bedtime. The screen brightness stimulates your brain, causing you to struggle to fall asleep. Consider reading a book, doing simple yoga stretches or listening to a sound machine before bed instead.
  5. Consider Trying Melatonin
    We recommend melatonin, as it’s the naturally occurring chemical in your brain as you calm down for the night. It is what makes you drowsy. We recommend this if you try everything else are still struggling to sleep.

A good night’s rest is imperative for your mental and physical health. Take it one night at a time, and you will see what works best for you.