Lifestyle Factors

Having so much information available at the click of a mouse is both a blessing and a curse. What might seem like an effective strategy can fail miserably, leading to more frustration and setbacks. The good news is that you have more control over your sleep, energy and well-being than you know. But strategies that are crucial for treatment success for one person may not be a good fit for another. By learning about your habits, routines, beliefs and preference, Dr. Scott is able to design a treatment course that will help you sleep well and get healthy.

 

Below are just some of the lifestyle factors that are highly correlated with sleep, health and energy:

  • Diet: Food is medicine. What you eat and when you eat not only determine how well you sleep, but also affect your energy, mood, cognitive abilities and sense of well-being. Dr. Scott will help you create an eating plan that works for you.

  • Exercise: Are you not exercising because you have “no energy” and feel “too tired?” Maybe you do exercise but you’re not getting the benefit that you once did or commonly read about. If low 

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       energy is undermining your best efforts, Dr. Scott will help you incorporate an exercise plan that promotes energy and enhances sleep quality without leaving you                             physically or emotionally depleted.

  • Sleep Environment: It may seem trivial; however, your environment can have a significant impact on your habits and quality of your sleep. Room temperature, noise, light level, quality of your bedding, presence of a bed-partner, whether or not your bedroom is organized or cluttered can all impact whether you have a restful night.

  • Evening/Morning Routine: Approximately 2 hours before bed, your brain goes through changes that prepare itself for sleep. What you do during these hours will directly affect how easily and deeply you sleep. Similarly, your brain prepares itself to start the day before you awaken. What you do during these first 2 hours of the day will affect your energy level and ability to sleep the following night.

Changing habits and routines is not easy. And change does not happen unless you have a thorough understanding of why you may be asked to go outside of your comfort zone and make a change that initially may seem counterintuitive or challenging. Dr. Scott will help you determine the lifestyle changes you can make to improve your health and quality of life.