Overcoming a poor night's sleep

Lack of sleep can not only affect your mood, but can cause high blood pressure, depression, forgetfulness and even weight gain.

Are you getting enough sleep?

If you're waking up tired, chances are you're not getting the quality shut-eye your body needs.

"I just didn't sleep well anymore. I got up feeling tired. I thought it was just part of getting old," Blessing Sleep Center patient Steve Felde said.

But that theory was disproven after a trip to the doctor's office.

Click here to learn more about symptoms of not getting enough good sleep from KHQA this Morning.

"I have always had high blood pressure, but the medicine wasn't controlling it," Felde said. "I also noticed weight gain. As the questions progressed, I could tell the doctor was thinking about something. He said I think you may have a sleep disorder."

His doctor referred Felde to the Blessing Sleep Center. Click here to watch more about how a sleep study is conducted.

Testing indicated he had a classic case of sleep apnea. Click here to hear more about Felde's story from KHQA this Morning.

Felde is one of the few who find help getting enough shut-eye. That's the word from Blessing Sleep Technologist Taunya Crane. She says most people assume being tired is normal. But she says that's just not the case.

"You shouldn't be tired when you wake up," Crane said. "You should wake up and feel like you have energy to do something."

Not everyone has a condition like sleep apnea. Sometimes it's just a matter of knowing what to do to get ready for a good night's sleep.

Crane suggests keeping a regular bedtime and routine and keeping your bedroom for sleep only. Also cut down on caffeine, alcohol and sugar at night. Click here for more tips to get a better night's sleep from KHQA This Morning.

"It causes your brain to arouse in your sleep," Crane said. "Also make sure all the lights are off in your room because every bit of little light there can send a signal to your brain to release a chemical that says its time to be awake."

Other major culprits hindering your sleep are your TV and cell phone. Buzzing and noise during the night can disrupt important sleep cycles and lead to tiredness the next day.

That's no longer a concern for Felde. Thanks to this sleep apnea mask, he's sleeping better than he has in years.

"The sleep is deeper and when I wake up I am able to go back to sleep," Felde said. "I wake up refreshed and ready to start the day."

Lack of sleep can not only affect your mood, but can cause high blood pressure, depression, forgetfulness and even weight gain.