Is Your Practice Keeping You Up at Night?

At the Institute for Podiatric Excellence and Development (IPED), we know that having your own podiatric practice can be stressful. We offer our members plenty of resources to operate more efficiently, manage staff, and stay on track— all of which can help your practice run more smoothly and with less anxiety. Sometimes, however, despite your best efforts, you still find yourself tossing and turning as office or personal issues run through your head. If this is becoming an all too frequent occurrence for you, consider these steps to help you get the sleep you need.
Stay on Schedule—go to bed at the same time each night (even on weekends, if possible). This helps maintain your body’s circadian rhythm, which is your natural internal clock. This is beneficial not only in helping you get enough sleep, but also in regulating other necessary functions like body temperature, blood pressure and release of hormones. Get More Exercise—a regular dose of moderate to vigorous physical activity has been proven to improve sleep quality. Just don’t do it right before you are ready to go to bed or it may have the opposite effect. Set the Scene—make sure your room is dark. Consider light blocking curtains if you live in an urban area where there is a lot of light outside your windows at night. A cool temperature of somewhere between 60-67 degrees is preferable. Don’t Fall Asleep with the TV On--ditto for laptops, notebooks and phones. Studies have shown that the light emitted from electronic devices disrupts your circadian rhythm and produces poorer quality sleep. Not to mention that if you watch violent or disturbing shows before bed it can have a less than restful effect. Control Your Consumption—avoid big, heavy dinners and skip caffeinated beverages in the evening. Avoid other stimulants like nicotine and don’t consume alcohol after dinner. While it may help you fall asleep faster, it often disrupts your sleep later in the night.
At IPED, we want to see our members enjoy healthy and fulfilling lives on the job and off. Learn more about how we help our members by contacting Executive Director Ruth Ann Donahue at: 978-296-7634.

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