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Quality Summertime Shut Eye Tips

Summer has begun! As temperatures rise, you may find yourself struggling to fall asleep because it’s too hot. The temperature of your sleep environment is crucial to a good night’s sleep. The suggested bedroom temperature for quality sleep is 60-67 degrees (Sleep.org) – due to the fact your body decreases temperature to initiate sleep. So how can you still get quality snooze time in during the hottest months of the year? We’ve put together some tips to help you stay cool and get adequate sleep during the summer.

  • Type of bedding – Linen and cotton both wick moisture and are breathable fabrics. If you’re getting cotton sheets for summer, a lower thread count is suggested because the higher the thread count, the more tightly knit and less breathable the fabric.
  • Windows – Use blinds during the day to keep out the sunlight if the temperature is hotter outside. If it’s colder outside at night, open your windows to help increase air circulation and cool the room down.
  • Fan – If you don’t have an air conditioner, using a high-powered fan will be helpful. However, if you leave the fan fixed to your face, it will cool your body unevenly. A solution for this is to bounce the breeze off of a wall by pointing the fan towards a wall. Doing so will help spread the breeze along a wider area, helping cool your body more evenly. (Yawn Central)
  • Shower – Take a refreshing shower before bed to help you cool off. Going to bed with wet hair can help you to stay cool throughout the night.
  • Water – Dehydration is more common during the summer because of the heat. Not getting an adequate amount of water can make you feel tired all day. Try drinking some water 30 minutes before you go to bed. (POPSUGAR Fitness)

A few recommendations by the Sleep Council include:
– Remove your duvet and use cotton sheets
– Tie back long hair
– Drink plenty of water
– Chill socks and pillowcase in the refrigerator

For more information on sleep disorders and how to discover quality sleep, please visit www.amerisleepsd.com or contact us at 619-717-8102.

AmeriSleep Diagnostics Achieves Accreditation with ACHC

SAN DIEGO – May 10, 2018 – AmeriSleep Diagnostics, which serves the San Diego region, announced today it has achieved accreditation through the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC) for the services of diagnostic sleep disorder testing.

Accreditation is a process through which healthcare organizations demonstrate compliance with national standards. Accreditation by ACHC reflects an organization’s dedication and commitment to meeting standards that facilitate a higher level of performance and patient care.

“The ACHC sets a rigorous set of national standards and recognizes those who provide the highest quality healthcare,” explained Ashley Peterson, operations and marketing consultant of AmeriSleep Diagnostics. “AmeriSleep Diagnostics is thrilled to achieve accreditation by the ACHC and plans to continue to provide the highest level of sleep diagnostic services to patients throughout the Southern California region.”

AmeriSleep Diagnostics provides comprehensive diagnostics, education and treatment services for a variety of sleep disorders including:
• Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
• Snoring
• Insomnia
• Narcolepsy
• Sleepwalking
• Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

With two locations in Mission Valley and Oceanside, AmeriSleep Diagnostics offers both facility-based and in-home testing options. Staffed with certified sleep technicians and respiratory therapists, its clinics are luxury-hotel inspired to provide the most accurate and comfortable sleep studies available.

For more information about AmeriSleep Diagnostics, please visit AmeriSleepSD.com.

How Light Affects Your Sleep

Have you ever gone on vacation and slept like a baby in your hotel room? Your good night’s sleep may be a result of more than a comfortable mattress and a well-deserved mental break from the stress of everyday life. It could be related to the absence of light.

To help guests have a positive experience, many hotel rooms install blackout curtains in their rooms. They do this because research shows that light is one of the most significant external factors that can profoundly affect sleep.

Light-sensitive cells in the retinas of our eyes react to light and tell the brain whether its daytime or nighttime, setting our sleep patterns accordingly. When our surroundings transition from darkness to light, our brain can be tricked to think that it is a new day and try to wake the body.

Circadian rhythms are internal clocks that regulate our sleep. The length of a typical circadian rhythm is approximately 24 hours. Because artificial light is all around us, it can make it difficult for the brain to process the information correctly, which can lead to a disrupted circadian rhythm and cause us to lose sleep. Blue light appears to be the most disruptive at night because it suppresses the production of melatonin at a higher rate than other types of light. Common sources of blue light include fluorescent and LED lighting, as well as digital screens, such as smartphones, tablets, computers, and TVs.

The next time you find yourself tossing and turning at night, open your eyes and notice if there is any light filling the space in your room. Common light sources that can affect your sleep include:

  • Alarm clock
  • Mobile device
  • Television
  • Street lights
  • Stars/Moon

For more information on sleep disorders and how to discover quality sleep, please visit www.amerisleepsd.com or contact us at 619-717-8102.