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  • Sleep, Diet, and Exercise

    It has become more important than ever to make sleep a point of discussion with patients. Consider having a holistic health conversation with your patients that includes a discussion about sleep in addition to diet and exercise.1

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    Sleep, Diet, and Exercise
    Working Together for
    Optimal Health

    Quality sleep helps the body maintain general health, consolidate learning and memory, and maintain emotional balance and well-being.2

    Following a nutritious dietary plan provides the body with vitamins and minerals necessary for maintaining bodily functions and generating energy.2

    Getting regular exercise helps keep muscles toned, improves cardiovascular activity, and can help reduce stress.2

    During sleep conversations with your patients, you may be asking them how long they slept, but are you asking them how they are waking and getting through their day in order to gain a better understanding of how well they slept?3

    Less than50%

    of patients with insomnia
    disorder may consult with a
    healthcare professional.4,5

    In addition to asking patients about their quantity of sleep, inquire about the quality of their sleep.2,6

  • Starting the
    Conversation

    So, how do you start the sleep conversation with patients who may be suffering from insomnia? Here are a few questions you can consider asking to help get the discussion started.

    Questionnaire

    1. Over the past 3 months, how much has poor sleep troubled you in general?
      • Not at all
      • Somewhat
      • Very much
    1. Over the past 3 months, how many nights a week do you have difficulty sleeping?
      • 0 or 1 night
      • 2 to 4 nights
      • 5 to 7 nights
    1. How much does a night of poor sleep affect you the next day?
      • Not at all
      • Somewhat
      • Very much

    Asking these questions may provide insight into what your patients with insomnia are experiencing both night and day, and may help in the evaluation and treatment process.

    A survey of healthcare screening forms at primary care clinics revealed that7:

    • 100% of clinics screen for tobacco and alcohol use
    • 93% of clinics screen for exercise
    • 86% of clinics screen for healthy eating habits
    • 43% of clinics screen for sleep-related issues
  • Talking About
    Sleep Hygiene

    Another topic of discussion to have with your patients with insomnia is practicing good sleep hygiene. Sleep hygiene is a collection of practices and habits designed to help patients have optimal nighttime sleep quality in addition to daytime alertness.8

    Improving Sleep Hygiene8

    Limit daytime napping

    Get exercise to
    promote optimal sleep

    Avoid foods that trigger indigestion

    Have a regular
    bedtime routine

    Ensure adequate
    exposure to natural light

    Establish a pleasant sleep environment

    Avoid stimulants
    (such as caffeine and nicotine)
    and alcohol close to bedtime

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